Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO)

Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) offers state-of-the-art infrastructure and in-house services to the businesses in the UAE. Established in 2004 by the Government of Dubai, it is well-known for innovation, design and development in the domains such as nanotechnology, photovoltaic and supporting industries offering goods and services to invent information and communications technologies using semiconductors.
DSO is credited to be known as the only technology park in the UAE, which provides integrated working and living community. DSO is originally a collaborative initiative to facilitate the growth of latest technology-based entities in the Middle East. This Free Zone provides the best-in-class business environment to the entire electronics value chain.
The DSO Free Zone is governed by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) and features advanced public, industrial, commercial, residential and education facilities. Dubai Silicon Oasis aims at attracting businesses involved in Electronic Manufacturing Systems, Semiconductor Manufacturing, Fabless IC Design, Microelectronics, Test & Assembly, as well as Optoelectronics related enterprises mainly.

Key Benefits of Setting Up a Business in DWTC Free Zone

100% foreign ownership

100% corporate tax exemptions

100% repatriation of capital

Competitive pricing

Zero customs duty

No trade barriers

Advanced IT infrastructure

Plug and play offices

Subsidized top-end EDA tools

Faster Visa processing

Hassle-free customs clearance

Business support and conference facilities

Stringent IP laws and support

Dedicated business support services

Access to a talented pool of technical and engineering professionals

Stable and clear regulation laws

Types of Legal Entities in Dubai Silicon Oasis

DSO allows a business to register in any of the following legal forms, thereby offering the investors a lucrative value chain.

Free Zone Establishment (FZE)

An entity with a single shareholder (an individual or a corporate), which can be setup with a minimum capital investment of AED 100,000

Free Zone Company (FZC/FZCO)

An entity with two to five shareholders (individual or corporates) and needs a minimum capital investment of AED 100,000 for company formation

Branch of a Foreign Company

Any local or foreign company can register its branch in the DSO without any capital investment on the condition that it conducts the same business activity as the parent company

Branch of a Local Company

License Types Issued for Company Formation in DSO

Three types of licenses are issued in the DSO based on the business activity.

Service License

Enables the registered entities such as accounting firms, business consultants and lawyers to provide services specified by the DSOA

Industrial License

Enables the registered entities to import raw material, manufacture, process, assemble, package and export the finished product

Trade License

Enables the registered entities to import, distribute and export the items specified in the license

In addition to the above licenses, businesses need to acquire special licenses for certain activities.

Entrepreneurial Business License

Entrepreneurial Business License (EBL) is intended to boost the growth of young and aspiring entrepreneurs through a range of supportive resources and services. EBL is available only for members of the incubator program (by DSO) and involves a low-cost license in return for a small stake in the business.

Business Operation Permit

Department of Economic Development (DED) gives a special permit to companies operating in The Administrative Zone of DSO. No share capital is needed for this license.

Documents Checklist

Application Form

Letter of Intent

Passport Copy(s)

NOC, only for UAE residents

Bank statement/reference letter or audited financial report

Company business plan

Original bank share capital letter

Processing Time

Application process takes 7days

Registration depends on the provision of legal documentation by the applicant(s)

License & Lease Agreement Issue can be done within two days from the receipt of all the legal documents and payment

Capital Requirement for FZE/FZCO

Minimum Start Up Capital required is AED 100,000.00/-

In case of FZE, each share shall be in multiples of AED 100,000.00/-

In case of FZCO each share shall be in multiples of AED 10,000.00/-

Registering Entities in The Administrative Zone in DSO

If you wish to operate a business from a property owned by a private developer/owner, which is found within the freehold/leasehold areas of DSO, but not directly owned by DSO, you will need to apply for DSOA’s Freehold Licensing Section.

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