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How to Obtain or Renew a Dubai Company Establishment Card

Dubai Company Establishment Card: A Comprehensive Guide

Establishing and maintaining a business in Dubai requires navigating various regulatory requirements, one of which is obtaining and renewing a Company Establishment Card. This card is crucial for businesses as it allows them to hire employees and process visas through the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai (GDRFAD). In this blog, we will walk you through the process of obtaining and renewing your Dubai Company Establishment Card, ensuring a smooth experience.

What is a Company Establishment Card?

A Company Establishment Card, also known as an immigration Establishment Card, is an official document issued by the GDRFAD . It is mandatory for businesses to legally employ staff and manage labor-related activities. This card contains essential details about the company, including its name, address, and registration number.

Steps to Obtain a New Company Establishment Card

1. Prepare the Required Documents

Before applying for a new establishment card, ensure you have the following documents ready:

  • Trade License Copy

  • Passport copy of the owner/partners

  • UAE Residence Visa and Emirates ID of the owner/partners

  • Tenancy Contract (Ejari)

  • Memorandum of Association (MOA)

2. Submit the Application

You can apply for the establishment card through the gdrfad online portal or by visiting a amer service center. Complete the application form with accurate details and attach the required documents.

3. Pay the Fees

The application fee for a new establishment card is approximately AED 850 to 2,000. Fees may vary, so it’s advisable to check the latest rates on the gdrfad website

4. Processing Time

The processing time for issuing a new establishment card is usually between 1 to 3 working days. Once approved, the card will be issued and delivered to your business address.

Steps to Renew a Company Establishment Card

1. Check Expiry Date

Keep track of your establishment card’s expiry date. It is essential to renew it before it expires to avoid any penalties or disruptions in business operations.

2. Gather Renewal Documents

For renewal, you will need the following documents:

  • Updated Trade License Copy

  • Passport copy of the owner/partners

  • UAE Residence Visa and Emirates ID of the owner/partners

  • Tenancy Contract (Ejari) if renewed

3. Submit the Renewal Application

Similar to the initial application, the renewal process can be done online via the GDRFAD portal or at an Amer center. Fill out the renewal form and attach the necessary documents.

4. Pay the Renewal Fees

The renewal fee is generally around AED 700 to 1000, but it’s best to confirm the latest fees from GDRFAD or Amer center.

5. Processing Time

Renewal processing typically takes 1 to 3 working days. Ensure you apply for renewal well before the expiry date to avoid any complications.

Tips for a Smooth Application Process

  • Double-Check Documents: Ensure all your documents are up-to-date and accurately reflect your business details.

  • Stay Informed: Regularly check for any updates or changes in the application process and requirements on the GDRFAD website.

  • Use Professional Services: Consider using professional PRO services to handle the application and renewal process efficiently.


Obtaining and renewing a Company Establishment Card is a critical step for businesses operating in Dubai. By following the outlined steps and ensuring you have all the necessary documents, you can facilitate a smooth and hassle-free process. At Amazon Attestation and Documents Clearing,

we offer expert assistance to help you manage all aspects of your establishment card applications and renewals. Contact us today at +97143300011 or email us at for professional support. Let us help you keep your business compliant and operational in Dubai.

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