About SEDD

About the Department

In April of 1981, His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, issued the Amiri Decree No.18 establishing "The Economic Department", and thus founded the first local economic department in the history of the United Arab Emirates. This Department was to take over the local authority for the application of federal laws related to economic affairs, as well as the application of local decrees and orders related to the economy of the Emirate. According to the decree mentioned above;the Department was established and included the following sections:

1.Commercial Registration Section
2.Companies Section
3.Planning, Research and Statistics Section

In 1997, His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, issued an Amiri Decree for establishing the Industrial Development Department. In 1999, His Highness issued the Amiri Decree No. 5 for the establishment of the Economic Development Department. In accordance with the decree, the Economic Development Department and the Industrial Department were merged in the new department "Economic Development Department" which takes over the planning and implementation of economic development projects, as well as the preparation of laws and regulations, strategic plans and issuance of commercial, industrial and service licenses in addition to all the permits needed for those licenses and control over all the economic firms in the Emirate of Sharjah. In 2002, His Highness Sheikh Sultan allowed the promulgation of Law No.1 to organize the Economic Development department, which includes the goals and functions of the Department.


Functions of the Department

  • Preparing and implementing the economic plans in the Emirate.
  • Conducting researches and modernizing investing systems for the proper use of the resources in the Emirate.
  • Facilitating investment.
  • Representing the Ministry of Economy as a competent authority in the application of federal economic laws.
  • Issuing licenses for the practice of economic activities and controlling the application of economic performance and bettering investment climate as well as making recommendations on federal laws.
  • Collecting and analyzing statistics and conducting economic studies.


Services of the Department

  • Licensing Services :
    • Renewing and issuing licenses
  • Commercial Permits:
    • Sales and Clearance.
    • Promotional Campaigns.
    • Advertising Signs.
    • Business Booths.
    • Trade fairs and Conferences.
    • Additional Activities
    • ATMs.
  • Inspection Services and Business Control:
    • Irregularities Inquiry.
    • Fee payment of irregularities .
    • Scheduling appointments for Technical evaluations.