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Companies registered in Dubai Healthcare City can now operate on mainland

Companies registered in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) will now be able to operate in mainland Dubai as part of new regulations introduced in the free zone in partnership with the Department of Economic Development, it was announced on Tuesday.

In a statement, the DED and DHCC said that companies interested in expanding their operations in the mainland need to first apply for a no objection certificate (NOC) from the free zone’s regulator, the Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory (DHCR). Second, they must obtain a commercial permit from DED.

“We work closely with DED to identify initiatives and areas of cooperation that will enhance Dubai’s competitive business environment and strengthen Dubai’s position as a preferred investment destination,” said Dr. Ramadan Alblooshi, the chief regulatory officer of Dubai Healthcare City Authority.

Alblooshi added that segments such as consultancies and healthcare management firms that are registered in DHCC will benefit.

“The commercial permits will support business growth between our free zone and the mainland,” he said.

Omar Almeheiri, the director of development and follow-up in the business registration and licensing sector of DED, said that “the agreement reflects the shared commitment of the various authorities in Dubai to provide a supportive environment for businesses in line with global best practices and standards”.

“Such co-operation will help achieve the vision of the Government of Dubai in developing the various economic sectors and creating a competitive investment environment capable of positioning the emirate as a global financial and business centre,” he added. “DED aims to facilitate business licensing procedures for investors through such partnerships.”