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Dubai Design District (d3) Free Zone Company

Dubai Design District (d3) Free Zone Company Formation

Introduction – Free Zone Focus

Dubai Design District was set up by official Decree and announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in order to establish Dubai as a global design and fashion hub and tap into the huge potential of the luxury, fashion and interiors industry.

It is believed that Dubai’s design, luxury and fashion industries will grow dramatically, especially due to the huge opportunities from the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020 and the massive increase forecasted in Dubai’s tourism. Tourists account for 40% of luxury spend and Dubai’s tourism high numbers will mean growth in luxury spending.

d3 offers galleries, art studios, workshops, art fairs, museums displaying art, fashion and luxury items such as jewellery.

D3’s aim is to support creativity, develop talent and entrepreneurship by establishing mentorships, collaborations and scholarships with global design names.

d3 is next to the Business Bay area of Dubai in the centre of the city, close to the Dubai Mall.

Dubai Design District is regulated by Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority, an independent, client-friendly regulatory platform.


 Competitive Advantages: Why Dubai Design District?

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 100% repatriation of profits and capital
  • Hassle free business environment
  • Simple legal framework and company laws
  • Ideal for start-up companies
  • Business environment that supports the fashion, design and luxury sectors
  • Ideal location – access to MENA region and a population of 381 million
  • Designers from all over the world located in one area, collaborating and creating vast business opportunities and discovering new talent

Dubai Design District Contact Details

P O Box 73000
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Located next to the Business Bay area of Dubai, easily accessible from Business Bay, Al Khail, Dubai‐Al Ain and Dubai‐Hatta Roads

Tel: +971 4 4333000

Key People

Dr. Amina Al Rustamani
Group Chief Executive Officer – TECOM Investments

Lindsay Miller
Managing Director – Dubai Design District

Dubai Design District Company Registration Process and Fees

Dubai Technology & Media Free Zone Authority (DTMFZA) is responsible for establishing and registering companies in Dubai Design District.

There are 6 steps involved in the setup of a Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC) and 4 steps for the setup of a Branch.

Potential clients interested in setting up a company in d3 should contact the d3 Sales Department on +971 04 433 3000 or email:


Licensing Fees and Share Capital Requirements

The below annual fees and minimum share capital required relate to d3 licenses or permits issued for the below mentioned business segments / activities:

Segment /Activity Fees (AED) No. of Activities allowed within the segment Share Capital (AED)
Marketing 15,000 Two 50,000
Fashion (not manufacturing) 15,000 Five 50,000
Fashion – (also manufacturing) 20,000 Five 100,000
Luxury (not manufacturing) 15,000 Five 50,000
Luxury – (also manufacturing) 20,000 Five 100,000
Interior, furniture and objects (not manufacturing) 15,000 Four 50,000
Interior, furniture and objects –(also manufacturing) 20,000 Four 100,000
Design 15,000 Three 50,000
E-Commerce 15,000 One 50,000
Ancillary services 15,000 Three 50,000
Technical and occupational skills 15,000 One 50,000
Beauty care 15,000 One 50,000
Art 15,000 One 50,000
Freelancer 7,500 One N/A
Advertising and communication 20,000 One 50,000
Media and marketing services 15,000 Four 50,000
Event management 15,000 Five 50,000
Event support services 15,000 One 50,000

 Dubai Design District Products

  • Office space
  • Residential facilities and social scene

Office Space

  • State-of-the-art, cutting edge designed offices for designers’ needs
  • Ideal for international brands to use as their head offices
  • Facilities for studios and workshops
  • Customizable creative offices ideal for new business start-ups

Residential Facilities and Social Scene

Residential facilities are provided near the workplace of clients, artists and designers. d3’s residents can enjoy a high level of social activity as there are galleries, museums, art studios, restaurants, cafes, bars and a wide range of retail stores etc. There are high level boutique waterfront hotels which are ideal facilities for conferences and other events. Furthermore, Dubai Design District is the place for people wishing to enjoy exceptional food from all over the world.

d3’s Convention Centre provides tailored facilities which are ideal for conferences, fashion shows, exhibitions and other events.

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