How to sell your company in Dubai

  • Abdul Manan Shaikh | General Manager
  • April 23, 2020

Are you planning to sell the business you set up in Dubai? Many entrepreneurs like to sell their running businesses for a good profit, in order to reinvest it and start a new business in the UAE.

Company valuation

You should begin by getting a professional assessment of your company’s value. As the business owner, you are likely to have a sound estimate of your company’s assets and capital. However, it is still recommended to hire a business consultancy firm in the UAE, where an auditor or chartered accountant will conduct a comprehensive valuation of your assets, average cash flows and revenues. Then, they will be able to quote a suitable figure, depending on the demand for your business in the market.

A professional assessment ensures your business is neither overvalued (and thus deters buyers from approaching you for its purchase), or undervalued (depriving you of the opportunity of recovering the costs of starting a business in Dubai).



Selling when you register profits

Another tip for attracting buyers: ensure that your numbers are good when you put your business in the market. A running business is an attractive prospect for investors but it needs to be able to show sales figures to seal the deal.

Research potential buyers

Business consultants in the UAE also caution against meeting buyers without researching them first. When vetting buyers, ensure they have the financial means to pay your asked price. Otherwise, the time you invested in getting to know them will be a waste.

Process of sale

Once a relationship of trust has developed between you and a suitable buyer, you can proceed to follow the streamlined five-step process of effecting a sale of business at the Department of Economic Development (DED). Depending on the nature of the buyer (Emirati, expat or corporate body), a set of documents need to be submitted at the DED premises. You can also find a local service agent or authorised law firm to hand in the documents.

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These documents include:

  • the original Dubai business license
  • an application for a new license
  • ID documents of the buyer, such as:
  • passport copies
  • Emirates ID
  • family book copies (in the case of an Emirati buyer)
  • visit or residency visa (in case of an expat buyer)
  • NOC from sponsor (where applicable)
  • trade license and Memorandum of Association (in case of a corporate buyer).

Once these documents have been submitted, your application for sale of business is accepted by the DED and an initial approval is issued. Any additional approvals, as required by the nature of the business being sold, are sought and a sale deed is attested by the notary public at the UAE courts. This sale deed is submitted to the DED, the necessary fees are paid and a license for the new owner is issued after 15 days. 

Partial sale of shares

In the case of selling only a certain number of shares of your company, you have to apply for an amendment of the existing Dubai business license by adding a partner on it. The process is similar to the above, requiring the submission of documents, clearing of dues and the issuance of an amended license.


Do you have more questions about business set-ups in Dubai? Our experts at Decisive Zone have all the answers. Contact us now at +971 4 581 3618 or [email protected] to book an appointment.


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Abdul Manan Shaikh | General Manager

Manan is bridging management and employee relations by addressing demands while developing strategies and initiatives aligned with the overall company's strategy.

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