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Declaration of Ultimate Beneficial Ownership in UAE

Following publication of Cabinet Resolution on Real Beneficiary Procedures or UBO Regulations last August 28 2020, companies in the UAE are required, as described more thoroughly below, in identifying and maintaining registries of ultimate beneficial owners and to give the details on beneficial owners to local authorities that will be keeping their own registers for beneficial owners.

In relation to the regulations, “beneficial owners” refer to individuals that have control or ownership of a company through:

  • ownership of twenty five percent or more company equity or having more than twenty five percent of company voting rights;
  • having other company ownership interests or control through other means like having the power in appointing and removing majority of board members or exercising dominant influence

Our team helps businesses with the timely filing of declaration of company’s shareholders, partners, or ultimate beneficial owners of existing entities before the deadline set at the 27th of October 2020. For new entities, filing is done at the registration or incorporation. With the guidance of our business consultants, we will also help you provide additional information that may be requested by the Registrar that is beyond what is required in the Ultimate Beneficial Ownership Regulations.

Notification Requirements

With effect from 25 October 2020, companies that are seeking to operate or redomicile in UAE are to submit, along with Articles and Memorandum of Association, statutory forms to be signed or sealed by at least two proposed directors unless they want to have a single director. Companies are to identify every single beneficial owner and clearly indicate nature and extent for beneficial interests that are held by every ultimate beneficial owner. The DED and other licensing authorities won’t proceed with company registration unless they are satisfied with the declaration that is needed in terms of specific regulations that are complied with.

Existing business entities also have to provide their UBO information to the Registrar of Companies. Information needed are names of seniors of the business, business name, its legal form, articles and memorandum of association, address of headquarters, and more.

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The new regulations are requiring corporate entities registered and licensed in the UAE to maintain registers and submit their details to local authorities. This would make companies assess the structure of ownership for which Farahat & Co. business consultants in UAE can provide expert assistance.

Our team helps businesses maintain registers, provide updates as necessary, and comply with regulations during time of incorporation, making of any amendments, and renewal of licenses and permits. More importantly, we help businesses reduce the likelihood of committing violations that result to hefty fines and penalties.

For full compliance, we help businesses file and maintain the following registers:

UBO register

A UBO is an individual that’s given control or ownership of a company. The person to be considered an ultimate beneficial owner has to have a minimum shareholding of a company of twenty five percent. The ownership can be direct or indirect. If no person in a company is able to satisfy the condition, any person exercising control over a company will be considered as the UBO.


Directors or managers register

This includes details of managers or directors that are acting as per instructions of third parties.

Partner or shareholder register

Includes specific ownership interests that are held by every shareholder or partner as well as voting rights that are given to ownership interests together with other information deemed essential by authorities

Offences and Penalties

Offences and Penalties

Failure in abiding by any obligation set out in the Beneficial Owners Procedures Regulations can attract several liabilities for a company and the company officers. In certain cases, the beneficial owners and shareholders will also get penalized for default and daily penalties can continue accruing if default continues. Our team will help you avoid committing the following violations:

  • Failure in keeping records of company beneficial owners
  • Late submission or failure in providing information to Registrar of Companies regarding changes of company beneficial ownership

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