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Economic Substance Regulations – Deadlines Announced so far

The UAE Economic Substance Regulations (ES Regulations) require all UAE entities that fall within the scope of the regulations by carrying on a “relevant activity” as defined by the ES Regulations to comply with annual reporting obligations.

Due to the current pandemic and subsequent lockdown, several Free Zone Regulatory Authorities have extended the last date for making filings in compliance with the ES Regulations. The Free Zone Regulatory authorities that have extended the filing dates are as follows:

  • Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) : The 31 March 2020 notification deadline is no longer applicable and a new deadline has not been announced yet. Guidance on the filing process is available on the ADGM website
  • Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) : The notification deadline is 3 May 2020. Guidance on the filing process has been shared with DAFZA licensees via email
  • Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) : The 31 March 2020 notification deadline is no longer applicable. A new deadline has not been announced yet; however, the DIFC stated that the notification must be filed during the second quarter of 2020 (i.e., at the latest by 30 June 2020). Guidance on the filing process is available on the DIFC website
  • Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) : The notification deadline is 30 June 2020. Guidance on the filing process is expected during April 2020, but general ES guidance is available on the DMCC website
  • Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) : The notification deadline was 31 March 2020. Guidance on the filing process has been shared with DSOA licensees via email
  • Ras Al Khaimah International Corporate Centre (RAKICC) : The notification deadline is 30 June 2020. Guidance on the filing process has been shared with RAKICC licensees via email
  • Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA) : Entities that are governed by the Regulations will need to submit a notification by 30 June 2020, and where required prepare and submit to HFZA an economic substance declaration within 12 months from the end of their financial year (e.g. 31 December 2020 for entities with a financial year ending 31 December 2019.)
  • Sharjah International Airport Free Zone (SAIF): Entities incorporated under the jurisdiction of the SAIF ZONE Authority will need to submit a notification by 30 June 2020

In case you have any questions regarding your organisation’s reporting obligations or the deadline for your organisation, please contact us at mail@affiniax.com.