Business Setup in Dubai South (DWC) Free Zone

Business Setup in Dubai South (formerly Dubai World Central - DWC) - Dubai South is a strategic move of the Government of Dubai to build a master-planned smart and sustainable city where people can live, work and invest. Dubai South is developed around the Al Makhtoum International Airport. The master plan of Dubai South consists of eight districts - logistics, aviation, Al Maktoum International Airport, humanitarian, residential, commercial, leisure, exhibition and commercial. It is planned to build a vibrant business community by the cumulative growth of all the above districts.

Dubai South was formerly known as Dubai World Central – DWC till it was renamed in 2015. The Dubai South master plan envisages the development of 145 sq. km area at Madinat Al Matar around Al Maktoum International Airport. The new brand “Dubai South” is owned by DWC and the Free Zone in Dubai South development area will continue to be known as Dubai World Central – DWC.

The close proximity to Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Port gives an enviable cost saving and efficiency matrix to logistics, humanitarian and aviation districts in Dubai South. Residential, commercial and leisure districts provide world-class accommodation, office and entertainment options for investors who are planning to live and setup their business in Dubai.

Dubai South, formerly known as Dubai World Central (DWC), offers cost-effective, quick and easy business setup solutions in its Business Center. Setting up your business in Dubai South is more attractive because, it is going to be the venue of World Expo 2020.

Types of license issued in DWC Free Zone (Dubai South)

Commercial License – allows the licensee to carry out commercial activities like trading, general trading and logistics services.

Service License – allows the licensee to carry out service activities specified in the license.

Industrial License – entitles the licensee to carry out light manufacturing activities specified in the license.

Education License – allows the licensee to engage in educational and social services, educational consultancy and educational aid and training.

Types of business entities permitted in DWC (now Dubai South)

Branch of a Company – an already existing company registered outside DWC can setup a branch in DWC Free Zone. Both local and international companies can setup a branch in DWC. A branch has no separate legal identity apart from its parent company.

Limited Liability Company – an LLC has separate legal identity apart from its shareholders. The liability is limited to the share capital of the company. The shareholders can be individuals and companies.

Facilities available in DWC for Business Setup

You can select from a wide range of office solutions available DWC Business Centers and Business Parks. Also you can lease freehold premises situated within DWC Free Zone area. Following types of office facilities are available in DWC for setting up your business at attractive costs:

Smart Desk Office

Permanent Smart Desk Office

Smart Office

Permanent Smart Office

Exclusive Office

Fitted-Out Office

Shell and Core Office

Advantages of setting up a company in Dubai South (DWC)

100% foreign ownership

No corporate and personal income tax

No restrictions on repatriation of capital and profit

Wide range of activities are permitted

Investor friendly regulations and environment

Cost-effective office solutions

Strategic location near to Expo 2020 venue, Jebel Ali Port and Al Maktoum International Airport

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Mr. Baiju Masoodu is a Free Zone Business Set-up Consultant. Our ‘corporate service firm’ can advise and assist you to set-up a business in Dubai South (Dubai World Central – DWC) and other Free Zones in Dubai and UAE. For a free consultation & cost estimate, call me on: +971 50 214 1476 or mail me at:

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