Economic Substance Regulations Deadline UAE

Jay Krishan, Partner

13 June, 2020


The United Arab Emirates Cabinet has issued the Cabinet of Ministers Resolution No.31 of 2019 and it requires all in-scope entities to maintain an economic substance UAE.

Economic substance regulations will be applicable to companies that engage in any of the below mentioned “Relevant Activities”;

  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Investment Fund Management
  • Lease-Finance
  • Headquarters Businesses
  • Shipping
  • Holding Company Businesses
  • Intellectual Property
  • Distribution and Service Centers Businesses
   Free Zone AuthorityDeadline
   Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority30th June
   ADGM30th June
   Ajman FZ30th June
   DAFZA15th June
   DIFC30th June
   DMCC30th June
   Dubai Aviation City Corporation7th June
   Dubai Development Authority25th June
   Dubai Healthcare City7th June
   Dubai World Trade Centre30th June
   Fujairah Free Zone15th June
   Hamriyah Free Zone Authority30th June
   International Free Zone Authorities30th June
   KIZAD20th June
   Ministry of Economy30th June
   RAK EZ30th June
   RAK ICC30th June
   SAIF30th June
   Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone30th June


All mainland companies must file ESR notification within 30th June.

What HLB HAMT offers?

  • Consulting on ESR
  • Identify the qualifying entities for ESR compliance
  • Identify the qualifying business segments for ESR compliance
  • Report and advise on overall ESR readiness by the Entity
  • Ongoing ESR compliance
  • Secretarial services in connection with ESR record maintenance
  • ESR filing with the authorities in the proper /prescribed format


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