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DWC Free Zone

Dubai South also known as Dubai World Central (DWC), is one of the largest UAE free zones, specializing in global trading.

LICENSES: Industrial | Trading | Service | Educational | Logistics

FACILITIES: Offices | Warehouses | Leased Land

COSTS: Medium (from US$ 8,150/ AED 29,990)

Recommended for: Established logistics providers, trading companies, startup businesses.

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DUBAI WORLD CENTRAL FREE ZONE

The Dubai World Central Free Zone is located in the Dubai South development and is one of the UAE’s largest free zones. It specializes in global trading, from aviation, transport, logistics, manufacturing, storage, education, social work, and more. As a busy hub catering to a wide variety of industries, Dubai South continues to stand out as an emerging free zone by creating a city that combines business and community into one.

WHY DWC?

  • Soon to be the largest business and aviation hub in the region
  • Located next to the Al Maktoum International Airport
  • Offers efficient trade and transport facilities
  • Offers a holistic urban complex
  • Variety of startup packages
  • Full range of business activities
  • Live and work in the same development
  • All Free Zone benefits

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DMCC

Dubai Silicon Oasis

Dubai World Trade Centre Free Zone

Advantages of DWC Free Zone company formation

  • 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 DWC 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.

DMCC Company formation can take the following legal forms:

DWC-LLC (Limited Liability Company)

The liability of its shareholders is limited to the value of the share capital they hold in the company. A DWC LLC must have:

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

Branch Company

A branch or a representative office of a parent company which already exists outside of the DWC Free Zone. The parent company can be based outside, or inside the UAE. A branch company –

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

We can help you structure your company through our DWC company formation services. Contact us to discuss your requirements. 

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

  • Logistics License – allows the holder to carry out specified logistic services. This allows the holder to be able to pick up and deliver (but not sell) products within the UAE;
  • Industrial License – allows the holder to carry out a special light manufacturing activity;
  • Trading License – allows the holder to import, export, sell, distribute and store items specified in the license;
  • Service License – allows the holder to carry out services specified in the license within the DWC Free Zone and elsewhere in the UAE; and
  • Education License – allows the holder to carry out educational and social services, educational aid training, and educational consultancy services.

Click here to download an updated list of business activities allowed for DWC free zone company formation.

Well-designed office spaces are made available for all types of businesses. DWC continuously builds a conducive business environment surrounded by different infrastructures such as aviation, residential, commercial, logistics and more, making the DWC Business Center, the ideal place for your business.

DWC free zone company formation allows the following office spaces:

  • Smart Desk
  • Permanent Smart Desk
  • Smart Office
  • Permanent Smart Office

In addition to this, DWC Free Zone offers pre-built warehouses, Light Industrial Units and Leased Land for logistics operations. 

While the DWC is not a freehold free zone, investors and companies can purchase residential properties in the Dubai South Development.

Here are the initial documentation required for incorporation process:

DWC-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

DWC-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

* if any of the documents are in any language other than English and Arabic, then, it must be legally translated into English.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum share capital AED 300,000 (each share is AED 1).

You can download the list of required documents here.

Click here to access the template formats of resolutions and required documents for DWC free zone company formation.

Here are the approximate costs incurred during a DWC Free Zone company formation:

SERVICE PACKAGES

DWC Free Zone offers attractive service packages for startup companies. Here are the top two packages:

2-visa package – AED 29,900 (US$ 8,200)

3-visa package – AED 39,900 (US$ 10,900)

The above packages include service license and registration fees, and annual smart-desk/office fees.

The DWC also offers permanent smart desk and smart office packages as below:

2-visa permanent smart desk package – AED 44,900 (US$ 12,300)

3-visa permanent smart office package – AED 85,000 (US$ 23,160)

BESPOKE LICENSES 

The following license fees are applicable, per annum:

General Trading License – AED 20,000 (US$ 5,450)

Consultancy/Service License – AED 10,000 (US$ 2,725)

Trading/Commercial License – AED 20,000 (US$ 2,725)

You can also take offices in the DWC Business Park. The company would be eligible for 1 visa for every 8 square metres of office space.

Fitted Offices (40-100 sq.mts)

Annual rent – AED 1,400 (US$ 382) per sq.mt.

Service charges – AED 300 (US$ 82) per sq. mt.

Security Deposit – 10% of the annual rent

Fitted Offices (120 sq.mts and above)

Annual rent – AED 1,100 (US$ 300) per sq.mt.

Service charges – AED 175 (US$ 48) per sq. mt.

Security Deposit – 5% of the annual rent

Shell-and-Core Offices (120 sq.mts and above)

Annual rent – AED 600 (US$ 164) per sq.mt.

Service charges – AED 175 (US$ 48) per sq. mt.

Security Deposit – 5% of the annual rent

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 1,770 (US$ 482)

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

The next step will be applying for the visas. Here are the approximate costs:

Employment Visa – applicant outside the country – AED 2,730 (US$ 744)

Employment Visa – applicant inside the country, no status change – AED 3,850 (US$ 1,050)

Employment Visa – applicant inside the country, with status change – AED 4,674 (US$ 1,275)

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

Download your DWC free zone company formation cost sheet here.

How can 10 Zone help in in your DWC company formation?

10 Zone has:

  • been setting up businesses in Dubai since 2004
  • experts in consultancy and company formation
  • a team of highly qualified Lawyers, Chartered Accountants and Relationship Managers
  • capabilities to assist you in English, Arabic, French, German, Turkish, Hindi, Afrikaans & Tagalog.

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