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Dubai South

Dubai south free zone

The Dubai South is a dedicated business hub located in the United Arab Emirates. It is part of the Dubai World Central (DWC) initiative and was established to cater to the varied needs of businesses. Dubai South is positioned as a global transport hub by heavily focusing on the aviation and logistics sectors.

Dubai South offers services such as business incubation and support, free zone license, value-added services, and access to a network of strategic partners. It is an ideal business center for entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of its connectivity to other parts of the UAE.

The free zone is home to Al Maktoum International Airport, which is set to become the world’s largest airport.

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Advantages of Setting Up Your Business
in Dubai South

Aside from its unrivaled connectivity, here are some of the following benefits that local and foreign entrepreneurs can enjoy upon establishing a company under Dubai South:

Prime Location

  • Situated between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
  • Direct access to Jebel Ali Sea Port, the biggest airport in the region, and the Al Maktoum Airport, which is set to become the world’s largest airport upon completion.

Business-friendly Policies

  • 100% foreign company ownership
  • No restrictions on capital repatriation
  • No currency restrictions
  • No personal income tax
  • Flexible commercial lease terms
  • 9% corporate income tax (where applicable)
  • A 5% standard VAT rate

Diverse Business Options

  • Dubai South comprises seven districts where you can choose to put up your business – Residential District, Commercial District, Logistics District, Aviation District, Humanitarian District, Golf District, and Dubai South Exhibition City.

Support Services

  • Dubai South is one of the free zones that provide best-in-class customer service as well as facilitated business setups and processes for companies to operate under its umbrella.
  • Entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Dubai South can choose from small workspaces, co-working spaces, to warehousing facilities.

Cost of Starting Your Business
in Dubai South

The cost of business setup packages in Dubai South free zone usually starts at AED 29,900 . However, this is only for the registration fee, license fee, flexi-desk setup, and establishment card. But with Creative Zone’s business package, you can get everything you need, from office spaces, visa assistance, and other fees essential for your company incorporation.
Creative Zone’s business package includes:
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Explore Monthly
Payment Plans

with Selected Banks

Convert your transactions into easy and affordable monthly instalments with our selected range of banking partners. Spend a minimum of AED 1,000 on your credit card issued from any of our participating banks and repay in easy instalments over a period of 12 months.


*General terms and conditions from the banks will be applicable.

Types of Licenses Offered
in Dubai South

Here are the six types of business licenses offered in Dubai South:

Industrial License

Granted for companies who want to engage in general trading and light manufacturing activities. (e.g. blending, mixing, purifying, assembling forming, repacking, or wrapping of products)

Aviation License

Allows companies to carry out aviation-related services.

Trading License

A trading and general trading license are given to companies who intend to import, export, distribute goods within the UAE. Companies can also conduct sale of goods within the country through a local distributor.

Logistics License

This license allows companies to carry out specific logistics activities (e.g. storage, transportation, distribution, sorting, forwarding and clearing activities, order management, inventory management, etc.)

Service License

This license is given to companies providing relevant services mentioned in the license.

Education License

Allows companies to offer educational and social services, educational training, and educational consultancy services.

General Documents Required
for Dubai South Company Setup

Steps in Setting Up Your Business in Dubai South

Setting up your company in Dubai South is easy and straightforward. However, seeking advice from Creative Zone can help you minimize the time and cost needed for company formation.

Here are the general steps for establishing your company in Dubai South:


Choose a Legal Form for Your Business

The first step in setting up a business in Dubai South is to choose a legal form for your business. This can be either an LLC or a branch company.

Each has its requirements, advantages, and disadvantages, so making a careful decision is vital. Before incorporating your business in Dubai South, you must outline your business activities to evaluate what type of trade license you will get.


Prepare the Articles of Association (AOA) and Memorandum of Association (MOA)

AOAs and MOAs are the most critical documents you must prepare before establishing your business. You will need to notarize these documents through a legal company.

Depending on the type of business you are setting up, you may need to obtain additional requirements depending on your business license type.


Certificate of Registration

Once you have submitted all the requirements, you will receive a Certificate of Registration, which allows you to open a bank account. This certificate is typically issued within 7-14 days after the application.


Secure an Office Space

Once you have registered your business and obtained the necessary licenses, you will need to secure an office space in Dubai South. This can be done by leasing or constructing a new building.


Open a Bank Account

After providing all the relevant documents, such as your certificate of business registration, license, and lease agreement, you can now finally open a corporate bank account. This is where all the financial transactions of your company will be done.

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