The Department of Economic Development in Umm Al Quwain today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with talabat UAE in a ceremony held at the department’s head office, as part of its continuous efforts to support Emirati home projects in the emirate.

The collaboration will allow “Ibdaa” license holders to display and sell food items on talabat, enabling them to expand their business by increasing their online visibility and reach through direct access to the platform’s large customer database and logistics network.

“This partnership promises to pave the way for home business owners in Umm Al Quwain, promoting their business growth and the overall prosperity of the emirate’s economy,” said Shaikha Al Shamsi, Deputy Manager of the Department of Economic Development in Umm Al Quwain.

“Signing this MoU is a significant step for the Department of Economic Development in Umm Al Quwain towards building firm partnerships with the private sector. This comes in line with our efforts to facilitate doing business by supporting local entrepreneurs and home business owners in the emirate’s F&B sector.”

“This step also comes in accordance with Umm Al Quwain’s digital transformation agenda and the commitments of its Economic Development Department to supporting local companies. Ensuring the emirate’s continuous prosperity and competitiveness in all fields, these commitments are manifested through facilitating doing business and improving all vital economic sectors,” she added.

Tatiana Rahal, Managing Director at talabat UAE, commented: “We, at talabat, share the UAE government’s vision and commitment to support local entrepreneurs, driving a sustainable economic growth in the country. We see great potential in Umm Al Quwain, where talabat has witnessed a growth in orders of over 500% and an increase of over 150% in restaurant partner base on the talabat app since January 2021.

She added: “As a purpose-driven company, we are proud to collaborate with the Department of Economic Development in Umm Al Quwain to launch a specialised onboarding program for ‘Ibdaa' license holders. We look forward to extending our knowledge and expertise to empower them, as well as utilising our platform to accelerate their online presence and increase their visibility and order volume, while the emirate’s food and beverage industry continues to grow and flourish.”  

Under this MoU, talabat will be granting the Department of Economic Development in Umm Al Quwain’s “Ibdaa” license holders additional benefits, including zero cost registration fee, a free Sumni tablet, photography sessions for up to 40 menu items, one month of free delivery and free renewal fee for one additional year.

Home business owners can join talabat by sharing their “Ibdaa” license with the talabat team via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Once the account is ready, talabat will send a technician to train the trader on the system before the account goes live.

By bridging the gap between the governmental and private sectors, the Department of Economic Development in Umm Al Quwain is propelling the growth of small and medium businesses in the emirate.

An “Ibdaa” license can be obtained free of charge for Emiratis by filling an application from the the Department of Economic Development in Umm Al Quwain. This license is a household license issued to UAE citizens residing in Umm Al Quwain, who are over 18 years-old, allowing them to engage in business from home. License applicants should not have any previous business licenses as it should be their first project. Recruitment is not allowed under this license.

Source: Umm Al Quwain Media Office

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