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Why set up your free zone company in Dubai South?

22 March 2020
SFM offers professional services for new business setup in UAE Free Zones covering businesses operating in different sectors and industries in the country. Free Zones (also known as Free Trade Zones) are designed to boost international business through 100% ownership provision for foreign investors, and single window administration convenience. Once your business is up and running in the UAE, you, as the business owner, may apply for a UAE residence visa and hire staff. You may also apply for UAE residence visas for your dependents such as family members.

UAE has over 50 free zones covering all main business sectors. Why should you consider Dubai South?

Dubai South is expertly designed to facilitate the growth of every business from start-up to SMEs. The free zone offers complete turnkey business services, cost-effective office solutions and is perfectly aligned to suit global business needs.

The goals of Dubai South are to leverage the strategic location connecting both air and sea mega ports, by creating a ‘self-sustained’ urban destination to empower businesses, families and individuals to grow and prosper, making it an ideal location to incorporate your free zone company.

Other benefits of Dubai South Free Zone include
  • - 100% foreign ownership
  • - 100% tax free operations
  • - 100% repatriation of capital as well as profits
  • - 0% tax as well as no duty tax for import and export
  • - Strong privacy
  • - Quick formation time of 12 days
  • - Residency visa issuance is possible
Dubai South is comprised of eight districts: logistics, aviation (including Al Maktoum International Airport), humanitarian, residential, commercial, leisure, exhibition and commercial. Dubai Logistics City and Aviation City is concerned for the purpose of company formations. The licenses that can be obtained in both of these free zones are identical, and businesses registering must be relevant to the free zone in question. Here we talk about just a few of those districts and why Dubai South is an excellent choice for free zone company formation.

Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace hub

Previously known as the aviation district, the Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace hub is oriented towards the aviation sector and has an integrated aviation eco system of 6.7 sq. km. It has dedicated free zone areas for MROs, FBOs, light industries, education and R&D sectors. The district is also home to the Dubai airshow, the Middle East Business aviation show and the VIP Terminal.

The hub is adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport, making it a great location for businesses.

Logistics district

The logistics district in Dubai South offers a multimodal platform for companies affiliated with the supply chain. Companies are able to exploit Dubai’s superior geographical location with seamless port, air and road options.

A logistics license in Dubai South free zone will allow specific logistics services (e.g. storage, transportation, distribution, sorting, forwarding and clearing activities, order management, inventory management etc.).

The Business Park

The business park at Dubai South free zone offers flexible office spaces suited to every need, from startups to already established companies. The licenses which are available are:

Trade License

The import/export and distribution of specifically mentioned products can be undertaken with this license.

Industrial License

The industrial license will allow the operation of light manufacturing activities (e.g. blending, mixing, purifying, assembling forming, repacking, or wrapping of products) by utilizing hand labor or quiet machinery in a manner which does not produce smoke, gas fumes, heat, light or any other undesirable by-products. Please note that Industrial Licenses will not be issued without proof that an Environmental Impact surveys and studies have been done comprehensively.

Service License

This permits the carrying out of services specified in the license in question but only within the DWC Free Zone and it is only permissible elsewhere in the UAE through the obtaining of additional local licenses in certain jurisdictions. Such licenses are issued to Free Zone Enterprises supporting the logistics industry and will include services such as consulting and training or any other related activity.

All businesses operating in Dubai South must have a physical presence in the free zone and be registered as either a Branch of an existing entity or as an incorporation of a new DWC limited liability company. Providing security checks, documents and payments have been cleared, incorporation can take as little as one day.

If you would like more information on free zone company formation in Dubai South contact us.


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