Setting up a company
As the region’s largest and fastest growing Free Zone, DMCC is the ideal place to set up your company quickly and grow your business beyond Dubai’s borders. Awarded theGlobal Free Zone of the Year 2016by Financial Times’ FDI Magazine, DMCC registers approximately 170 companies every month, 95% of which are new to Dubai. Today, we are home to over 12,000 companies and our member base ranges from start-ups to large corporates who all benefit from DMCC’s reputation as a world class business hub.
Dubai is equidistant from Europe, Africa and Asia, positioning it as a prime business destination for a variety of sectors. With an unrivalled location close to Dubai Marina and Mall of the Emirates, DMCC Free Zone is located in a lake front development called Jumeirah Lakes Towers and is 10 minutes from Jebel Ali Sea and Air Ports and the Logistic corridor.
See ourDMCC Free Zone brochurefor further information on how we can support your business.
Company Setup Process
1: Decide on the company type
Types of companies eligible for a license:
- Limited liability company as a newly formed entity with single or multiple shareholders
- Limited liability company as a wholly owned subsidiary of local or foreign company
- Branch of local or foreign company
2: Agree on the business activities according to your business plan
Each company is issued a license depending on their business activity. While the license will be specific to the selected activities, a company can also apply for multiple licenses or for a general trading license. We offer three types of licenses:
3: Consider additional customised licence structures
We also offer other types of structures such as Single Family Office which caters to centralising the management of a family’s wealth and personal affairs, succession planning and holding shares in family businesses, assets, trusts and foundations.Read more about the Single Family Office option here.
Additionally, you can avail of an e-commerce license structure which enables you to set up an online platform or a digital marketplace which promotes third parties’ products and services and facilitates commercial transactions between buyers and sellers in return for a commission or remuneration.
4: Choose a company name
5: Start your application
You can start your application by filling in the Apply Onlineform and one of our agents will be in touch to take you through the application process.
What it takes to set up a company:
- Passport copy (visa page copy, if applicable)
- Proof of residential address (e.g. utility bill copy)
- Summary of business plan, if applicable
- If applying as a branch or a subsidiary, copies of the parent company documents to be notarised and attested
- No Objection Certificate from sponsor, if holding a valid UAE visa
- Certain business activities have additional requirements (e.g. third party approvals from regulating authorities)
Please note, at Step 4 you will be required to provide details of a registered address in the DMCC Free Zone, such as office space or flexi desk at one of our Business Centres.
See ourHow to Guide
about starting a company which gives you all the information and resources you need to assist you with your application.