Shutting Down your UAE Business? Here are a Few Things you must Know

by Zaara 04, Nov 2020

Shutting down the business at the right time is essential to reduce further losses. Don't worry! You are not the first entrepreneur to consider closing a company and surely you will not be the last. But it's a serious decision and one that shouldn't be taken lightly. You need to brace yourself for the appropriate steps involved in the process, regardless of the final decision. Closing a company requires a specific procedure to be followed. This process is just as necessary as the steps required to start up a company. Regardless of what type of company you own in the UAE, you must terminate your business license and all related permits when you decide to shut your business. This article provides information on the formalities for closing your business and cancelling its licence correctly.

Things to Know Before Closing Down of Your Business in UAE

Here's what you are required to do. 

  1. Collect outstanding receivable accounts (before notifying clients about shutting down of your business). This could be daunting due to the economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic but seek to gather as much as possible.
  2. Sell off stock. Consider a going out of the business sale. Alternatively, you can donate your product to charity — for instance; a restaurant would give food to a food bank. That kind of donation is deductible. If your company is a corporation, the deduction would be taken by the corporation. Otherwise, it is a tax deduction made on financial returns by the company owners
  3. Notify your creditors (suppliers, service providers, lenders, and utilities). Doing this in the right way limits the amount of time a borrower can ask for a debt.
  4. Notify your clients and manage any remaining contractual responsibilities. 
  5. Please note to refund any deposits or refunds for undelivered products or services not provided.
  6. Notify the workers and compensate them. When necessary, give your workers some warning. When you need a team member to help the company wind up, give the employee a small incentive to stay until the very end. The budget on the last day to pay workers their final paychecks, including the benefit of accumulated, unpaid sick days if the state needs it. Remember that if you have received a paycheck insurance plan loan related to coronavirus, you will have to pay back all at a time, if you lay off your workers after you have received the loan within the eight weeks.
  7. Liquidate your company assets in an orderly fashion.
  8. To the extent practicable, settle or pay your debts, prioritized to cover your responsibility such as money owing to your lender, bank, vendors, utilities and service providers. Some borrowers may accept less than the full amount owed in exchange for timely payment due because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ask for letters depicting that the bills are paid in full as you pay off each creditor.
  9. Submit final sales tax funds and forms due up to the closeout date.
  10. Cancel your business credit cards and subscriptions.
  11. If you have sold your inventory, you will need to inform your creditors several days before you close your company, and publish a notice of your imminent closure in a local newspaper in some states.
  12. Close your company bank account and any other related accounts.
  13. Cancel state or county licenses including your trade license, fictitious or assumed trade name and business license.
  14.  File your final income tax returns, by ticking the box mentioning that this is your final return.
  15.  Distribute all remaining assets carefully to yourself and to any other owners.

Stages to Dissolve All Kinds of Companies in UAE

There are two stages of this procedure.

Stage 1

  • Prepare a notarized General Assembly minutes confirming liquidation of the corporation and appointing a liquidator. 
  • Arrange an official letter from an enrolled liquidator who acknowledges the obligation. 
  • Apply for cancellation by filling out the form required via DED or other approved channels. 
  • DED must issue a Certificate of Liquidation. 
  • Post the liquidation notice in local newspapers. 
  • The notice gives the debtors a grace period of 45 days to apply the claims from the date of issue.

Stage 2

  • Send a letter of declaration from the liquidator and the partners to DED is stating no opposition from any other party during the grace period. 
  • Collecting other government bodies' approvals required to cancel a licence. 
  • Cancel the firm card at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
  • Cancel the foreign partners' visas sponsored by the company at the respective Directorate-General of Residency & Foreigners Affairs.
  • Submit all of the above documents to get final cancellation approval. 
  • The payments will beset by DED
  • After paying the required fees you can obtain the certificate of deregistration (cancellation).

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What happens to employees during company liquidation in UAE?

According to the UAE government rules, the employees will be informed about the liquidation in advance & their dues will be cleared before the last day. Dues include their paychecks, & the benefits of all their unpaid sick leaves.

Where should I apply for completing the company liquidation in Dubai?

You’ll have to apply at the Department Of Economic Development (DED).

What Documents Are Required For Company Liquidation In UAE?

Here are the required documents for company liquidation in dubai -

  • Power Of Attorney

  • Application for dissolving the company

  • The notice period for the closing of the company

  • The copy of Emirates Id

  • Passport copies of every shareholder of the company

  • Memorandum of Association

  • Company License

  • Resolution of the company shareholders

What Documents Are Required For Company Liquidation In Jafza?

These documents are required for closing your Jafza based company -

  • Cover Letter from Registered Agent for winding up of a business

  • The company should be active and renewed to deregister it.

  • Request letter for the liquidation of the firm signed by Shareholder.

  • Shareholders Resolution for the liquidation of the business and appointment of Auditor

  • Original Certificate of Formation

  • Original MOA/AOA

  • Original Shareholder’s resolution 

  • Auditor’s statement regarding the liquidity of the subject business

  • Original Bank Liquidation Letter

How much time does it take to complete the company liquidation process in UAE?

The time taken varies from 2 weeks to 2 months.

How much will it cost to close a company in the UAE?

The charges for the liquidation procedure in UAE will vary between AED 1500 and AED 8000 plus.

What is voluntary liquidation in UAE?

When a company is struggling to pay off its debt, the owners decide to sell the company’s assets for repaying the amount due.

How much will it cost to close an LLC company in Dubai?

The charges for closing an LLC company in Dubai will vary between AED 1500 and AED 8000 plus.

How Long Can A Company License Be Frozen In UAE?

By paying a certain fee you can make your trade licenses inactive for up to 3 years.

How Much Do I Have To Pay For Freezing My Trade License In UAE?

A freezing fee of around AED 2000 per year and AED 210 every due month since the expiry date of the license.