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DUBAI SOUTH FREE ZONE



Important Information

  • All procedures, timelines and costs are valid at the time of going to print, however may become subject to change without notice.
  • All document clearing and document processing tasks pertaining to your applications (Trade License, visas etc) are carried out by our office in Dubai.
  • Payments for all applications should be made to our office in Downtown, Dubai or via bank transfer, or bank deposit (cheque or cash).
  • Any payments received by CREATIVE ZONE towards any product or services are non-refundable unless agreed otherwise. This condition is valid even if the payment received isn’t for the full amount of the service or product subscribed for and/or the customer has yet to provide CREATIVE ZONE with all the correct documentary requirements for said product or service and/or their application is rejected by the licensing authority for any reason.
  • Please note the prices quoted in this proposal are specific to the products and services mentioned, they do not include any ancillary services i.e. driving license transfers, liquor license, dependents visas etc - please contact us if you would like pricing and procedures for the same.
  • Companies registered with Dubai South Free Zone; are permitted to carry out business activities with companies within the Free Zone or with companies within other Free Zones in the UAE or with companies outside the UAE. Should the company wish to conduct business with Government entities or local companies within the UAE they should either establish a local branch office or transact through a local commercial agent.
  • In order to keep your company bank account active, you will need to visit your bank annually with your original renewed trade License and present it to the bank for sighting, this must be carried out on or before the expiry date of your current Trade License
  • If the company you are setting up is a branch of a company or partially or fully owned by another company, at the time of opening the company bank account you will be required to submit a current attested Certificate of Incumbency and a current attested Certificate of Good Standing.
  • In case you are opening a branch or a company is a shareholder, it is important that one can identify the individual named beneficial owners of the parent company - companies which have multiple layers and/or are nominee companies where one is unable to identify individual named beneficial owners will be unable to open a company bank account in the UAE.
  • If you will be applying for visas under the company, you will need to open a company bank account and make monthly salary payments from your company bank account. All employees under the company will need to open personal bank accounts as well.
  • With regard to the access to our banking contacts, CREATIVE ZONE will simply provide a list of banking contacts, after which the onus is on the client to contact the banking representative directly and organize a meeting at a time and venue of the client and banking representative’s choosing. CREATIVE ZONE aren’t involved beyond providing the list of banking contacts, furthermore CREATIVE ZONE do not provide any assurances that the company bank account will be successfully opened or how long it will take for the bank account to be opened, the onus is on the client to liaise with the banking representative and satisfy the requirements and protocols of the bank in order to successfully open and maintain their company bank account. Please note that the client is not obliged to open their company bank account through our banking contacts, and is free to utilize their own banking accounts at any bank of their choosing.
  • If any of the Shareholders and/or General Manager cannot personally be present in the UAE to open the company Bank Account, an attested Board Resolution and/or Power of Attorney from all of the absent Shareholders and/or General Manager will need to be submitted in order to complete the bank account opening procedure. Please contact us for drafts and further details on the same.
  • In order to setup your company, you will need to submit entry stamps OR residency visa copies OR cancelled visa copies for all shareholders.
  • If any of the shareholders is an Emirati National, we will need a copy of their ‘Jinsiya’ and their Emirates ID Card
  • If you are carrying more than 1 passport, please ensure you inform a CREATIVE ZONE representative of the same. Furthermore please note that you will be unable to travel on your 2nd passport (the one not submitted towards your visa process) whilst your visa application is in process.
  • Once you completed your change of status you will NOT be able to travel outside of the UAE until your passport has been stamped with your residency visa.
  • We hold no responsibility for the issuance or delivery or delays related to Emirates ID Cards, or if the applicant is requested by the Emirates ID Card Authority to return to the ID Card center to redo the bio data procedure.
  • Hand written passports are no longer accepted, all passport copies submitted should be electronic/typed passports.
  • If you are a Shareholder and Manager on the license, you will not be required to provide for an attested degree for professional licenses. However the degree certificate will be required if you are applying for a managerial or any higher position on the visa.
  • Dubai South Free Zone does not provide an investor visa
  • Pre-approval of the trade license does not guarantee a visa.
  • Applicants above the age of 60 will not be granted a visa.
  • Physical office is mandatory for General Trading Activity
  • Infants are allowed to hold shares in the company
  • If you are Schengen National and have exhausted the 90 day visit period granted by immigration, you need to exit and be out of the country for at least 90 days before you can re-enter the UAE with a tourist visa.
  • For the servant/maid /driver visa applications, the applicant will not be able to proceed for an in-country change of status if the maid/servant/driver is here in the UAE on a tourist visa. They will need to make an airport to airport transfer to complete their change of status.
  • No approvals or confirmation will be given on the Company names or activities at the initial stage.
  • Each company should have a secretary mentioned and only 1 General Manager.
  • Only individuals are allowed as Directors for the company.
  • Individuals with POA can sign on behalf of the client on the Service Agreement only. The MOA, AOA and Application form has to be signed by the Shareholder, Director, GM and Secretary as applicable.
  • MOA and AOA should only be signed by the Shareholder.
  • Missing documents, incomplete applications or handwritten applications will be rejected instantly.
  • No refund for the Business Center package will be made if the visas are rejected.
  • 3 Activities are allowed for Smart Desks and 5 Activities are allowed for a Smart Office.
  • If you wish to upgrade your facility, you can do so at any time during your contract subject to availability.
  • The free zone will not accept any new applications with the same name for the three options, e.g.: (XYZ DWC-LLC, XYZ Trading DWC-LLC, XYZ Management DWC-LLC)
  • Company names cannot have Symbols/dots/signs/numbers
  • First 4 digits of the activity code need to be same to be approved under 1 license
  • The company name should fall in line with the business activity
  • The companies registered with Dubai South Free zone cannot own shares anywhere outside of Dubai South Free Zone. In addition, only companies with a physical office may own shares in other Dubai South Free Zone companies.
  • The Ministry of Finance will not issue Tax Residency Certificates to Offshore Companies and Branches of Foreign Companies.
  • Syrian and Lebanese Nationals will have to provide the following additional documents for the license incorporation:
    • Last 3 months original bank statements stamped by the bank from the individual's personal bank account within or outside the United Arab Emirates
    • A copy of company documents showing their ownership within or outside the United Arab Emirates or an Undertaking Letter stating that they do not have any companies within or outside the United Arab Emirates.
    • A business description
  • A birth certificate attested from UAE embassy in the country of birth and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in UAE will be required by the free zone in case the applicant's country of birth and residence is not the same. Furthermore, you are required to submit the attested birth certificate if the applicant's birth place is an Arab country.
  • In order to apply for inside country change of status through the free zone, the applicant must have entered from Dubai airports and should have an entry stamp on the passport from Dubai airport immigration.
  • You will NOT be able to open your company bank account in absentia – all relevant parties will need to be physically present in the UAE when meeting with the banker.
  • The application for bank account opening will not be accepted by the banks if the trade name of the company contains the word "Oil"