UAE Free Zone - DSFZ Free Zone

Business Setup In DSFZ Free Zone

Dubai South Free Zone License Types

When you start a business in the DSFZ Free Zone, your business will fall under one of several license types:

Industrial License
Industrial License
Trading and General Trading License
Trading and General Trading License
Service License
Service License
Education License
Education License
Industrial License

Industrial License

Whether you're producing electronics, textiles, or construction materials, an Industrial License allows you to operate within DSFZ while adhering to relevant regulations.

Trading and General Trading License

Trading and General Trading License

A Trading License enables businesses to import, export, distribute, and store specific goods, while a General Trading License provides broader permissions, allowing trading across multiple product categories.

Service License

Service License

This license is for businesses offering services rather than physical goods. Whether in consultancy, IT services, or advertising, a Service License permits you to operate within DSFZ and provide your services to clients.

Education License

Education License

Designed for educational institutions or businesses offering educational services, an education license enables you to operate within DSFZ and contribute to the education sector, whether you're establishing a school, training center, or e-learning platform.

Required Documents and Steps to Obtain Your Business License in Dubai South Free Zone

Obtaining your business license in DSFZ is an easy, stress-free process. Let’s look at the steps you’ll need to take and the documents you’ll want to have ready when applying:

Required Documents

(Dubai South LLC)

  • A business plan (only required for service-related businesses)
  • A specimen signature form
  • Visas and passports of the managers and shareholders
  • A business license application form
  • A photocopy of your Emirates ID
  • A signed copy of DWCBC terms and conditions
  • A memorandum of articles of association

(Branch)

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Board Resolution to Establish a Branch
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Passport Copy of General Manager
Steps to Get Your Business License
  1. Gather Required Documents
  2. Submit Request for Pre-Approvals
  3. Submit an Application for Registration and Incorporation
  4. Sign Lease Agreement
  5. Pay Fees
  6. Obtain License

Dubai South Districts

The DSFZ has been strategically divided into several districts:

1. Aviation District

As the name suggests, the Aviation District is dedicated to the aerospace and aviation industry. It provides state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities for aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services and aircraft manufacturing, leasing, and aviation-related businesses.

2. Logistics District

The Logistics District serves as a thriving logistics and distribution hub, offering advanced facilities for warehousing, storage, and distribution services.

3. Free Zone Business Park

The Free Zone Business Park is designed to accommodate a wide range of industries and business activities, providing flexible office spaces, commercial facilities, and amenities for businesses of all sizes.

Business Entities Permitted in Dubai South Free Zone

In the DSFZ Free Zone, businesses will form under one of two legal structures:

1. Dubai South Limited Liability Company

This legal structure allows entrepreneurs to set up a separate legal entity within DSFZ, providing limited liability protection. A Dubai South Limited Liability Company (LLC) can be wholly owned by foreign investors and requires a minimum of one shareholder and one director.

2. Branch of an Overseas Company

Businesses incorporated outside the UAE can establish a branch office within DSFZ. An overseas company's branch operates as an extension of the parent company and conducts business under its name.

3. Branch of a UAE Registered Company

UAE-registered companies can also establish a branch office within DSFZ. Similar to branches of overseas companies, a branch of a UAE-registered company operates as an extension of the parent company and conducts business under its name.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long is a resident visa valid in Dubai South Free Zone?

Resident visas in Dubai South Free Zone typically have a validity of three years. However, renewal options are available to extend your visa as needed.

What is the cost of setting up a business in Dubai South Free Zone?

In most cases, you can expect the cost of setting up a business in the DSFZ to be between AED 30,000 and AED 50,000, depending on the license type, office spaces needed, and visa fees.

How much time is required to liquidate a business in the Dubai South Free Zone?

The time required to liquidate a business in Dubai South Free Zone typically ranges from a few weeks to a few months, depending on various factors such as compliance with regulatory requirements, settling of outstanding liabilities, and completion of necessary paperwork.

What is the benefit of obtaining a professional license in Dubai South?

One of the key visa benefits of obtaining a professional license in the Dubai South Free Zone is that it allows individuals to sponsor their own residency visa.

Is there a lease requirement when applying for a professional license in the DSFZ?

Yes, when applying for a professional license in the Dubai South Free Zone, you are required to have a physical office space within the free zone. This ensures compliance with regulatory requirements and provides a professional business environment for your operations.

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