Business Setup in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSOA).

Business Setup in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) Free Zone - Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is the leading technology Free Zone in United Arab Emirates and Middle East region. Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the 100% Dubai government owned free zone came into existence following Law No. 16 (2005) of the Government of Dubai. This Free Zone (Dubai Silicon Oasis) is targeting technology based business and industries. DSO is destined to strengthen and promote the competitive advantage in technology and electronics based industries.

Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is envisioned as a living and working integrated ecosystem combining all relevant ingredients like ultra-modern infrastructure, world-class business support, technology incubation facility, venture capital, growth equity financing as well as full free zone benefits required to push organic growth of technology companies. Recognizing the unparalleled business environment in DSO, many cutting edge technology companies started operation in the Free Zone.

DSO is strategically located in Dubai at the intersection of Mohamed Bin Zayed Road and Al Ain Road. The Free Zone is spread over a massive 7.2 square km. The Free Zone community has a range of lifestyle and residential facilities including educational institutions, healthcare facilities, shopping complexes, swimming pools, landscaped green parks, children’s play area…

If you are planning to set-up a technology company in Middle East region, Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is the best option.

Benefits of setting up a business in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO)

100% foreign ownership

Full exemption from personal income tax

Full exemption from corporate tax

No restriction on repatriation of capital

No import or export tax

Low cost of operation

Stringent Intellectual Property (IP) law and support

Subsidized Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools

Subsidized lease rates for high-tech companies

State of art IT infrastructure

On-site IT support

Microelectronics lab

One-Stop-Shop business services

Ready to move office space

Highly secured and ultra-modern data center

Company types available for registering a business with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA)

Branch – an existing company registered in UAE or outside UAE can open a branch in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), provided the business activity(s) of the parent company and branch are same.

Free Zone Establishment (FZE) – is an entity incorporated with a single shareholder. The shareholder can be either an individual or company.

Free Zone Company (FZCo) – is an entity owned by multiple shareholders (individuals, companies, or both)

Companies registered with DED (Department of Economic Development, Dubai) can operate in Administrative Zone in DSO by obtaining a Business Operation Permit.

License type available for Business Setup in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO)

Investors can choose from three types of license to setup their business in DSO. The license type depends on the activity of the business. A branch is permitted to carry out only the activities of the parent company.

Service License – entitles licensee to carry out specified service activity.

Trade License – entitles license holder to carry out trading activities (import, store, export, distribution and sale of items or goods specified in the license.

Industrial License – entitles licensee to import raw materials, assemble, process, manufacture, package and export finished goods.

Note:  Free Zone entities are licensed to operate only within the free zone territory. Free Zone entities can sell goods or products in UAE mainland (local market) only through an authorized distributor or agent. Free Zone licensee can offer service only within the free zone limit.

What is Administrative Zone in Dubai Silicon Oasis?

Within Dubai Silicon Oasis Free Zone, there are projects built and managed by private developers. These projects are not owned by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and are sold or leased or managed directly by the developer or their chosen provider. These freehold & leasehold projects are located in the freehold & leasehold areas of DSO. Privately developed areas in DSO are plots of land for residential and commercial use which are sold on freehold or 99 year leasehold basis to UAE nationals and non-UAE nationals. This is known as Administrative Zone. For setting up a business in this area, the DSO Administrative Zone’s licensing procedure should be followed.

Facilities available in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO)

Offices – Plug & Play office facilities are available in DSOA Head Quarters, DTEC and Technohub 2.

Warehouse LIU – following multi-use warehousing and manufacturing facilities are available

High Bay Warehouse Space

Operational Warehouse Space

DSO Light Industrial Units

Land for Development – “shovel ready” industrial plots of land 65,000 sq. ft. to 2.7 million sq. ft.

Silicon Park – set for completion in Q2 – 2018

Conference Facilities – conference room, meeting room, innovation stadium

Modern Light Industrial Units

DSOA University Residence

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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 Silicon Oasis (DSO) 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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