Retailers who operate e-commerce platforms must ensure that they have the necessary license to conduct such activities as part of their current business license. If the authorities determine that e-commerce cannot be added to the already authorized activities of a retailer, a new license will be required. Currently, there is no general e-commerce activity available, nor do you need one. If the license is obtained by a company with a general business license, it can carry out all types of operations, either physically or through an online platform.
The Dubai Economy (DED) eTrader license allows citizens of the United Arab Emirates and the GCC who reside in Dubai to practice commercial activities through various social networks. The United Arab Emirates, and in particular Dubai, has one of the highest percentages of Internet users in the world, with around 90 percent of the population actively participating in the Internet. The new e-commerce initiative in Dubai has raised questions as to whether an e-commerce license is mandatory or not and what such a license allows. Companies must ensure that they have the necessary license to conduct e-commerce activities as part of their current business license. Otherwise, those retailers must ensure that their authorized business activities are expanded to include e-commerce.