Quick Look DWTC

Dubai World Trade Centre Free Zone

The Dubai World Trade Centre Free Zone is an iconic free zone that spans central locations within the iconic Dubai World Trade Centre and the adjoining One Central.

LICENSES: Trading | General Trading | Service | Event Management | Business Operating Permits

FACILITIES: Executive Desks | Offices

COSTS: Medium (from US$ 12,500/AED 45,000)

Recommended for: Consultancies, trading agencies, event management companies, startup businesses.

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DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE FREE ZONE

The DWTC Authority Free Zone offers an enhanced incentives for businesses to establish their permanent representation within the free zones.

The DWTC Authority deploys and manages internationally-benchmarked legislative policies and operational procedures in collaboration with government authorities.

Currently operating in proximity to one of the world’s largest and most dynamic event venues and a well-established nexus point for global businesses and decision makers to meet, collaborate and engage, the Free Zone is well connected via the Dubai Metro and road network and just 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

WHY DWTC?

  • Central and prestigious location
  • Excellent connectivity to metro and roadways
  • Located just off the arterial Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Wide range of business activities
  • Business Operating Permits
  • All Free Zone benefits

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Advantages of company formation in Dubai World Trade Centre Free Zone

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 0% corporate tax for 50 years
  • 0% personal income tax
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • 0% import or re-export duties
  • No currency restrictions
  • No restrictions on foreign talent or employees

In addition to this, company formation in the DWTC Free Zone can derive benefits from the extensive network of double-tax avoidance treaties that the United Arab Emirates has signed with countries worldwide, including countries such as India, Pakistan, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria and Holland.

Dubai offers the additional benefits of a very high standard of living and a vibrant expatriate community with people from over 180 nations living and working in the region.

DWTC free zone company formation can take the following legal structures –

DWTC-LLC (Limited Liability Company)

It’s a legal entity wherein the liability of its shareholders is limited to the value of the share capital they hold in the company. DWC LLC must have –

  • Shareholder(s)
  • Directors(s)
  • Company Secretary
  • General Manager

Branch Company

A branch is a representative office of a legal entity which already exists outside of the DWTC Free Zone (local or international). A branch company –

  • Derives its power and authority from the parent entity thus does not have separate legal personality.
  • Does not have a board of directors or secretary for company
  • Must retain the same name as the parent entity and end with the designation (Branch)

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DWTC Free Zone offers a wide range of business activities which are categorized into the following licenses:

  • Commercial License: Carrying out commercial activities limited to those specified in the license, which allow the import, export, sale, distribution and storage of items permissible within the license.
  • General Trading License: Carrying out commercial activities across an unrestricted range of activities, products and/or items using this license, and as such licenses the holder to import, export, sell, distribute and/or store all such categories.
  • Professional License: Carrying out the services specified in the license within the Free Zone and elsewhere in the UAE (subject to local licenses and permits that may be required in other jurisdictions). Service – Advisory, general consulting, software implementation, training, onsite repair, catering and human resource services.
  • Event management License: Organizing of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) as well as any Business and Leisure events and the provision of all related goods and services being hosted by an organizer.
  • Business Operating Permits: One of DWTC Authority’s unique selling points is the option for locally licensed onshore entities to either relocate or be established in the Free Zone. This is achieved though the issuing of a Business Operating Permit to entities already licensed by the Dubai Department of Economic Development that want to obtain a lease and operate in the Free Zone.

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Dubai World Trade Centre currently has over 100 companies, including multinational companies such as Shell, General Motors and Halliburton.

The DWTC offers multiple leasing solutions, starting from e-offices, to customized office spaces.

  • Hot Desks
  • Executive Desks
  • Offices

The free zone is currently adding three international Grade-A office buildings as part of its upcoming One Central – a high-end integrated mixed used real estate development.

Here are the documents required for company formation in Dubai World Trade Center Free Zone:

DWTC-LLC – Individual Shareholder

  • Board Resolution gives signatory authority or power of attorney for 3rdparty
  • Passport copy of the shareholder/s, director/s, general manager, company secretary

DWTC-LLC – Corporate Shareholder

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Board Resolution to establish a new company
  • Certificate of Good Standing, Valid Trade License or equivalent
  • Board Resolution gives signatory authority or power of attorney for 3rdparty
  • Passport copy of the shareholder/s, director/s, general manager, company secretary

Branch Company

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Board Resolution to establish a branch
  • Certificate of Good Standing, Valid Trade License or equivalent
  • Board Resolution gives signatory authority or power of attorney for 3rdparty
  • Passport copies of the general manager

You can download the list of required documents here.

Click here to access the template formats of resolutions and required documents for DWTC Free Zone Company formation.

Here are the approximate costs incurred during Company formation in DWTC Free Zone.

SPECIAL PACKAGES

DWTC Free Zone offers attractive packages for startup companies. Here are the top three packages:

Commercial/ Professional/ Event Management With Dedicated Desk – AED 28,300 (US$ 7,700)

Commercial/ Professional/ Event Management With Exclusive Office – AED 51,300 (US$ 13,980)

General Trading License With Exclusive Office – AED 52,500 (US$ 14,300)

The above packages include license and registration fees, and annual smart-desk/office fees. The company would be entitled to 2 visas. 

BESPOKE LICENSES 

The following license fees are applicable, per annum:

Professional or Commercial License

  • Registration and License Fee (year 1): AED 17,500
  • License Renewal (Year 2) = AED 12,500
  • License Renewal (year 3): AED 18,750

General Trading License 

  • Registration and License Fee (year 1): AED 20,000
  • License Renewal (year 2): AED 15,000
  • License Renewal (year 3): AED 22,500

You can also take offices in the DWTC, including the newly constructed One Central. The company would be eligible for 1 visa for every 8 square metres of office space.

VISAS

The company will have to apply for an Establishment Card, in order to commence the processing of visas. An additional document required is a Power of Attorney, in case a PRO is appointed.

Establishment Card – AED 2,300 (US$ 625)

Power of Attorney – AED 1,500 (US$ 410)

Employment Visa – applicant outside the country – AED 1,500 (US$ 410)

Employment Visa – applicant inside the country, with status change – AED 2,720 (US$ 740)

Medical Test, Emirates ID – AED 1,240 (US$ 338)

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