Dubai South Free Zone License
We Charge No Fees for Setting Up Your Company in Dubai South Free Zone.
That’s right – the cost for business setup in Dubai South Free Zone is the exact same you would pay if you were starting a company on your own with Dubai South Free Zone (DWC Free Zone).
About Dubai South Free Zone
Dubai South Free Zone, formerly known as Dubai World Central, is one of the most dynamic free zones in the city. Dubai South is a 145 square kilometre master-planned city designed to support a million inhabitants and sustain 500,000 jobs.
The proximity of the free zone to one of the largest airports and seaports in the region makes it a premier destination for businesses involved in trade and logistics.
In 2020, to encourage businesses to establish themselves within the free zone, Dubai South waived first-year license fees for new customers in the aviation, logistics and e-commerce sectors and its Business Park. The free zone authorities continue to review their policies to ensure they meet the demands and expectations of their clients.
Business Setup in Dubai South Free Zone
The first step to getting started is to have a free consultation with our specialists to ensure this free zone is a perfect match for your business idea. We will subsequently provide you with all the forms you need to incorporate your business.
The incorporation process can be done entirely remotely, which means that your presence in the UAE is not required.
Once we have verified that all your documents are complete, we will submit them to the SHAMS registrar. It takes less than a week to get your license. When your business is incorporated, you can open a business bank account and commence trade! Ask us how we can support you with UAE visa processing (if needed).
Why Dubai South Free Zone?
Dubai South Free Zone is host to Al Maktoum International Airport. The airport is expected to reach its full potential in 2027. When completed, it will be able to process 12 million tones of cargo annually. Around 260 million travelers a year are expected to use the facilities. With a planned surface area of over 280 square kilometers, the airport will become the world’s largest airport by physical size.
Dubai South has a 12km logistics corridor with Jebel Ali port. This allows for swift transfer of goods between air and sea if needed.
Here are some key benefits of incorporating in Dubai South Free Zone:
- Company setup options starting from AED 5,750.
- No need for annual audit and paid-up share capital.
- Presence in the UAE is not required for incorporation.
- No need for a no-objection certificate from your employer.
- Allocation of up to 6 visas on a shared desk facility.
- No corporate taxation.
- Swift incorporation.
- SHAMS does not require deposits or guarantees for visas.
Type of Dubai South Free Zone License
A Dubai South business can have up to 5 related activities or up to 10 related activities in the aviation or logistic sector. A trading activity and a service activity cannot be combined under the same license.
The different types of licenses issued by the Dubai South Free Zone are:
- Industrial: License for import of raw material and manufacturing and processing of goods.
- Service: License for businesses focused on professional services.
- Commercial: License for import, export, storage, and distribution.
- Education: License for educational and social services, educational aid training, and educational consultancy services.
Documents Required for Dubai South Company Formation (Individual Shareholder)
The following documents are required for an individual shareholder in Sharjah Media City Free Zone:
- Application form.
- Passport copy.
- Emirates ID and UAE visa copy (if the shareholder is a UAE resident).
- If not a UAE resident, latest UAE entry stamp (if available).
Documents Required for Company Setup in Dubai South Free Zone (Corporate Shareholder)
The following documents are required for a corporate shareholder in Sharjah Media City Free Zone:
- Application form.
- Notarized and attested copy of board resolution.
- Notarized and attested copy of memorandum and articles of association.
- Notarized and attested copy of the business license.
- Notarized and attested copy of the certificate of incorporation.
- Notarized and attested copy of a certificate of good standing (if requested).