Economic Substance Regulations DIFC

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    DIFC has extended the deadline to submit Economic Substance Regulations(ESR) notification from 12th June to 30th June.

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

    Economic substance regulation DIFC will be applicable to onshore and free zone 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

    Please find below the ESR notification filing deadline for other free zones;

       Free Zone AuthorityDeadline
       Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority30th June
       Ajman FZ30th June
       DMCC30th June
       Dubai Aviation City Corporation7th June
       Dubai Healthcare City6th June
       Dubai World trade center30th June
       Hamriyah Free Zone Authority30th June
       Ministry of Economy30th June
       RAK EZ30th June
       RAK ICC30th June


    All mainland companies must file ESR notification on or before 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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