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Beneficial Owner

Beneficial Owner

The natural person who ultimately owns or controls the Legal Person, whether directly or through a chain of ownership or control or any other indirect means, and also the natural person on whose behalf the transactions are being conducted or who exercises ultimate control over a legal person and finally owns or controls direct or indirect equity shares or shares of 25% or more.

The following 8 basic data need to be provided:

  1. Name
  2. Gender
  3. Date of birth
  4. Passport number
  5. Nationality
  6. Residence address
  7. Mobile number
  8. Emirates ID 
The acknowledgment must be submitted by the company’s legal representative, such as, at least, one of the directors.

Through outsourced service centers:

  •  When performing any procedure related to a specific license and before the issuance of the payment voucher related to the procedure, a text message is automatically sent to the customer to enter the Beneficial Owner data of the license. The customer must enter the link received in the text message and follow the procedures.
  • The customer can also register the Beneficial Owner data through the service centers without the need to initiate a new procedure on the license, as he/she can request the service from the employee at the service center who will in turn activate the sending of a text message to enter the information relating to the Beneficial Owner data of the license by following the procedures in the link received.

 

Through the renewal of the license via text message to 6969:

  • When a customer requests to renew the license via text message to the number 6969, an SMS is automatically sent to him/her to enter the Beneficial Owner data of the license to be renewed. The customer must enter the link received in the text message and follow the procedures. Once the Beneficial Owner is identified, the license renewal procedure will be completed automatically and the payment voucher link will be sent to the customer.

 

Through Dubai Economy’s eServices:

 This service is available to customers registered in Dubai Economy’s eServices. To register, please visit https://eservices.dubaided.gov.ae

  • When performing any procedure related to a specific license and before the issuance of the payment voucher related to the procedure, the customer will be transferred to another screen to enter the information of the Beneficial Owner data of the license, and the customer must follow the procedures shown in the screen.
  • The customer can also register the Beneficial Owner data through eServices without the need to initiate a new procedure on the license, as he/she can log in to https://eservices.dubaided.gov.ae/BeneficiaryOwner and select the required license, and then choose the Add / Modify the Beneficial Owner button. He/she will then be transferred to another screen to enter the Beneficial Owner data of the license, and follow the procedures shown in the screen.

 

Through DED Business App:

 When performing any procedure related to a specific license and before the issuance of the payment voucher related to the procedure, a text message is automatically sent to the customer to enter the Beneficial Owner data of the license. The customer must enter the link received in the text message and follow the procedures.

Through outsourced service centers:

 The customer can modify the Beneficial Owner data through the service centers by requesting the service from the employee at the service center who will in turn activate the sending of a text message to enter the information of the Beneficial Owner data of the license by following the procedures in the link received.

Through Dubai Economy’s eServices:

This service is available to customers registered in Dubai Economy’s eServices. To register, please visit https://eservices.dubaided.gov.ae

The customer can modify the Beneficial Owner data through eServices without the need to initiate a new procedure on the license, as he/she can log in to https://eservices.dubaided.gov.ae/BeneficiaryOwner and select the required license, and then choose the Add / Modify the Beneficial Owner button. He/he will then be transferred to another screen to enter the Beneficial Owner data of the license, and follow the procedures shown in the screen.

1.      Who is authorized to provide the Beneficial Owner data?

The acknowledgment must be submitted by the company’s legal representative, such as, at least, one of the directors.

2.      Is it necessary to register the Beneficial Owner of the legal partner in the license?

The legal person partner in the commercial license is subject to registration in the Beneficial Owner data, as well as the partners or shareholders in the entity of the legal person until the Beneficial Owner is identified.

3.      Is it necessary to register the Beneficial Owner for all legal forms?

All companies registered in the UAE, including the free zones, are subject to the registration procedures with the Beneficial Owner data, with the exception of Public Shareholding companies and companies owned 100% by federal or local government agencies or companies affiliated with companies owned 100% by the UAE as well.

4.      Is it necessary to register the Beneficial Owner for all types of activities (commercial, industrial, professional, tourism)?

Yes, the Beneficial Owner must be registered for all types of activities in the Commercial Registry system.

5.      Is it necessary to register the Beneficial Owner for all types of licenses?

The Beneficial Owner must be registered in all types of licenses.

6.      Can the Beneficial Owner be a natural person who is not related to the parties in the license?

All commercial license holders must be registered with the Commercial Registry of the Department of Economic Development, regardless of the legal form of the company.

7.      Is it necessary to register the Beneficial Owner if he is a non-citizen of the UAE and has not previously entered the country?

Yes

8.      Should the concerned authorities be provided with any identification documents pertaining to the Beneficial Owner?

With regard to the natural person, it is necessary to provide the concerned authority with a copy of the passport or the Emirates ID of the citizens of the UAE; as for the legal person registered in the UAE, the concerned authority must be provided with the statute of the company. The foreign company must also provide the concerned authority with the name of the legal representative and provide proof of that. The company must keep a record of the Beneficial Owner that includes his personal data, place of residence, address, nationality and all data such as e-mail, contact numbers and other information that have been mentioned in the Cabinet Decision No. (58) of 2020.

9.      Should the Beneficial Owner own shares in the license or contribute to the capital?

It is not necessary for the Beneficial Owner to own shares in the company or contribute to the capital, as he/she can be the natural person who occupies a senior management position (controlling the company’s decisions) in the event that the Beneficial Owner cannot be determined as required.

10.  Is it possible to amend the data of the Beneficial Owner of the license?

Yes, the amendment may be made via the electronic fields prepared by the concerned authority in advance for this purpose.

11.  Is it possible to replace / change the Beneficial Owner of the license?

Yes, the amendment may be made via the electronic fields prepared by the concerned authority in advance for this purpose.

12.  Is there a legal age for the Beneficial Owner of the license?

There is no stipulation in the law that specifies a specific age for the Beneficial Owner.

13.  Can the Beneficial Owner be appointed for the main license and another Beneficial Owner be appointed for the branches?

This is not possible, as the Beneficial Owner is the person who controls the company or group of companies, or who owns 25% of the company.

14.  Is the Beneficial Owner of the foreign company's branch appointed in the UAE or in the country of origin?

The Beneficial Owner is the one who actually controls the company whether in the country of origin or registered in the UAE.

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