DWTC Free Zone

DWTC (Dubai World Trade Center) Free Zone, established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, offers lucrative business opportunities that seek a centrally located and cost-effective business setup option in Dubai. DWTC Free Zone presents a wide range of opportunities for businesses offering free zone licensing and a hassle-free branch licensing for Foreign Companies and UAE LLC companies.

The DWTC Free Zone spans over locations between the iconic Dubai World Trade Centre and the adjoining One Central. The new Dubai Trade Centre Jebel Ali will also come under the DWTC Authority once it is up and running. Its prime location, leasing proposition and excellent regulatory framework offer better opportunities for businesses.

Foreign investors can easily enter the local and regional markets, mainly due to the DWTC Free Zone’s proximity to top international companies and global events. The companies can also benefit from the event participation and logistical experience for establishing a permanent regional base in the Free Zone.
Currently, DWTC is the only UAE Free Zone that offers a dedicated desk facility.This dedicated desk is going to be 100% dedicated to your company, unlike a flexi desk. This signifies that you will get an Ejari certificate, which will help you open a UAE Corporate Bank Account easier than with the flexi desk facility option.

Key Benefits of Setting Up a Business in DWTC Free Zone

100% foreign ownership

100% repatriation of capital

Zero income tax and corporate tax for 50 years and renewable

No export tax

No restriction on repatriation of funds

No restriction on hiring foreign employees

No restraints over the capital nationality

Simplified incorporation process

Stable and clear regulation

Liberty to initiate multi options for legal operating structures

Flexibility to regulate prices of products/services and the profit margin desired

Offers business partners with a variety of government services, including company registration, licensing, visa and other services

Types of Companies that can be Formed at DWTC Free Zone

Free Zone Establishment (FZE)

Free Zone Company (FZCO)

A Branch of a Foreign Company

A Branch of an L.L.C. (covers all Limited Liability Companies in the UAE)

Types of Licenses that can be Formed at DWTC Free Zone

Commercial License

Applicable for commercial activities limited to those specified in the license, which allows the export, import, distribution, sale and store items permitted in the license.

General Trading License

Applicable for commercial activities allowing the holder to import, export, sell, distribute and/or store all such categories under this license, as well as across an unrestricted range of activities, products and/or items using this license.

Professional License

Applicable for services such as advisory, general consulting, software implementation, training, onsite repair, catering and human resource services.

Event Management License

As the name suggests, it is applicable for businesses involved in the Organizing of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) as well as any Business and Leisure events and the provision of related goods and services.

Business Operating Permits

DWTC offers an option for the locally licensed onshore entities to either relocate or be established in the Free Zone. This is achieved through the issuing of a Business Operating Permit to organizations that are already licensed by the DED, Dubai and are looking to obtain a lease and operate in the Free Zone.

Government Fees for Business Setup in Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC)

Below are the packages for a business setup in the DWTC. The charges cover costs related to Company Registration, Establishment Card, Company License and two UAE Residence Visas Eligibility.

Business Setup Packages in DWTC

Note: Fees are the subject for additional 5% Value Added Tax (VAT).

Miscellaneous Documents

Note: Fees are the subject for additional 5% Value Added Tax (VAT).

Residence Visa in DWTC (valid for 3 years)

The visa fee depends on the status of the applicant’s current location. Amendment of visa is possible only if the applicant is transferring within DWTC or has annulled his previous UAE Residence Visa.

At the time of application, if you are inside UAE, you can opt to apply for the Employment Visa to benefit from a hassle-free process. You do not have to exit the UAE for the Visa Status Change process.

Note: Fees are subject to additional 5% Value Added Tax (VAT).

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