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Dubai South (also known as Dubai World Central or DWC) is one of the latest free-zones that has been initiated by the Government of Dubai. Since its inception in year 2006, it has gradually become a leading global trade, logistics and aviation hub. Dubai South is a continuation of Dubai’s legacy as a connection point between the East and the West. It is recognized as one of the most unique projects of its kind not only in the region, but globally.

Dubai South covers the 140-square kilometers area next to the well-known Jebel Ali sea port. The free zone also includes Al Maktum International Airport, which will have the capacity to handle 12 million tones of cargo capacity and 160 million passengers annually by 2020. These factors make Dubai South a great location for investors or entrepreneurs for business setup in Dubai freezone.

Moreover, Dubai will host the notable global exhibition – World Expo 2020, which will take place in MENASA region for the first time. The venue of the exhibition will be Dubai South. As a free-trade zone, Dubai South offers a number of activities in logistics, aviation, real estate, events, consulting, commercial, exhibition, humanitarian and leisure-related businesses.

Dubai South Free Zone Benefits:

  • 100% foreign ownership of companies
  • 0% personal income tax
  • 0% corporate tax
  • No restriction on repatriation of capital/profits
  • 0% import/export duties
  • It has access to the sea port and airport
  • Located next to the largest sea port in the region, Jebel Ali Sea Port
  • Well-developed infrastructure
  • State-of-the-art office facilities
  • Hosts the World Expo 2020
  • documentation for business setup

Dubai South Free Zone Business License Types:

  • Trading License:Allows trading, import, export and re-export of specific products
  • Service/Consultancy License:Allows to provide specific services or consultancies such as management consultancy, marketing services, marketing management IT consultancy, business consultancy etc.
  • Educational License:Allows to carry out educational activities such as running a training center, institute, university, school, kindergarten.
  • Logistics License: Allows to perform activities related to logistics, freight forwarding and other logistics related businesses.
  • General Trading License:Allows trading, import, export and re-export of almost all types of products, except some special products.

Cost of Company Formation in Dubai South:

  • Company Registration Fee: Nil
  • Business Center Setup Fee: AED 2,000 (applicable if a company opts for Smart Desk or Smart Office facilities)
  • License Fee: Varies based on the License Type as per below Table 1.
  • Establishment Card Fee: AED 1,000 per annum
  • Office Rent Fee: Varies based on office type as per Table 2.
Table 1: Dubai South License Fees:
License Type: Annual License Fees
Trading License AED 10,000
Service/Consultancy License AED 10,000
Educational License AED 10,000
Logistics License AED 10,000
General Trading License AED 20,000

Table 2: Office Options (Mandatory):

Office Type Annual Rent
Shared Smart Desk AED 16,900
Permanent Smart Desk AED 31,900
Shared Smart Office AED 26,900
Permanent Smart Office AED 72,000
Offices AED 1300 to AED 1,400 per Sq.m per anum

Company Legal Forms in Dubai South:

Companies in Dubai South can take one of the following legal forms:

New Entity:
  • Dubai World Central Limited Liability Company (DWC-LLC): A new business entity with 1 and more individual or corporate shareholders.
  • Local Branch: A branch of an existing company in the UAE.
  • Foreign Branch: A branch of an existing company outside the UAE.

If you are planning to set up a company in UAE, kindly get in touch with our professional company formation consultants in Dubai. You can call us at +971 55 465 9836 or send an email at contact@mimolegal.com. Also feel free to contact via the contact form on this website. Initial consultation is FREE of charge.