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Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Free Zone Company Formation in UAE

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Free Zone Company Formation

Introduction – Free Zone Focus

DIFC is a financial hub which offers a superb platform for financial institutions and professional services providers to operate and prosper.

DIFC’s strategic location in Dubai enables access to vast business opportunities deriving from the emerging markets in the region.

DIFC Authority (DIFCA) regulates and oversees the operations, development and administration of this Free Zone. DIFCA is dedicated to creating value for all stakeholders through its physical, legal and regulatory infrastructure, its programmes to ensure financial stability of its companies and its excellent customer service.

DIFC is divided into two entities: DIFC Authority is responsible for business development and legislation and DIFC Properties manages real estate and land.

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 Competitive Advantages: Why Dubai International Financial Centre?

Prices and Start-Up Packages:Fees for the First Year and Subsequent Years
RAK ICC Offshore Company Registration for $99Company Formation Fees and Annual Fees
Dubai or RAK Free Zone Company Formation for $1.450Incorporation Fees and Annual Running Fees
UAE VAT, Tax, Accounting and Other FeesFees for Other Services
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  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 0% tax on income and profits guaranteed for 50 years
  • Zero exchange controls
  • Double taxation treaties for entities set up in the UAE
  • Access to huge wealth and investment opportunities
  • Independent common law judicial system
  • Strong but simple laws and regulations
  • Operating environment compliant with best global practices and international laws and regulations
  • Various legal vehicles as a result of capital structuring flexibility
  • Legal system based on Common Law of England & Wales
  • A modern communications, internet and transport infrastructure
  • Access to skilled professionals living in Dubai
  • One-stop shop for visas, work permits and other procedures

Dubai International Financial Centre Contact Details

Dubai International Financial Centre Authority
The Gate, Level 14
P O Box 74777
Dubai, UAE
Tel: 00971 4 362 2222
Fax: 00971 4 362 2333

Registry Services Office
Marble Walk – The Gate Building
Sheikh Zayed Road
P O Box: 74777
Dubai, UAE
Tel: 00971 4 362 2255
Fax: 00971 4 362 2575

Working Hours:
9:00 am to 12:30 pm and
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Sunday to Thursday

Government Services Offices
Dubai International Financial Centre
Marble Walk
P O Box 74777
Dubai, UAE
Tel: 00971 4 362 2391

Working Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and
Monday to Thursday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Key People

H.E. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
Vice Chairman

Dubai International Financial Centre Company Fees and Registration Process

3 Steps to start up a business at DFC:

  1. Application: Clients must contact the Relationship Management Team to start the application process.
  2. Registration: After a successful application, clients move on to the online registration process.
  3. Incorporation and License: Following a successful registration, a Certificate of Incorporation, registration or continuation and a commercial license are issued.

DIFC Registrar of Companies – Fees 2014

Set Up / Registration of a Company

Non-Retail $ Retail $ Time to Process
Application for incorporation of a company 5 working days
Special purpose companies 1,000 n/a
Protected cell company 1,000 n/a
Open/closed ended investment company 1,000 n/a
Non-profit incorporated organization 100 n/a
Other company types (not partnerships) 8,000 3,400
Application for registration of an entity 5 working days
Representative office 2,000 n/a
General partnership 4,000 1,700
Recognized partnership 4,000 1,700
Limited partnership 4,000 1,700
Recognized limited partnership 4,000 1,700
Other types of partnerships 8,000 3,400
Commercial license on incorporation / registration
Representative office 4,000 n/a
Special purpose companies Nil n/a
Protected cell company Nil n/a
Open/closed ended investment company Nil n/a
Non-profit incorporated organization 1,000 n/a
Other legal structures (where applicable) 12,000 5,100
Application to transfer an entity to DIFC 5 working days
Transfer an incorporation to DIFC 20,000 n/a
Transfer a foreign limited partnership to DIFC 20,000 n/a
Application to transfer an entity from DIFC 10 working days
Transfer an incorporation from the DIFC to others 20,000 n/a
Transfer a limited partnership from DIFC 20,000 n/a

Dubai International Financial Centre Services

  • Customer service
  • Registrar of Companies
  • DIFC corporate structures
  • Commercial licenses
  • Leases
  • Specific client services

Customer Service

DIFC’s clients benefit from a dedicated team of customer service personnel who provide all the services required for clients to successfully set up and operate their businesses in the free zone.

Services provided include:

  • Guidance and support for initial application
  • Company registration and set up
  • Facilities leasing
  • Amendments to clients’ leased facilities
  • General handling of queries and resolving issues
  • Employee sponsorship

Registrar of Companies (ROC)

ROC personnel receive, review, advise on and process all potential client applications.

DIFC Corporate Structures

A range of corporate structures can be incorporated at DIFC:

  • Company Limited by Shares (LTD)
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Limited Partnership (LP)
  • General Partnership (GP)
  • Investment Company (Fund)
  • Protected Cell Company (PCC)
  • Special Purpose Company (exempt company)
  • A branch office of an existing foreign company
  • A branch of an existing foreign Limited Liability Partnership (RLLP)
  • A branch of an existing Limited Partnership (RLP)
  • A branch of an existing foreign General Partnership (RP)
  • A transfer of an established company to DIFC from another jurisdiction (continued company)

A LTD or a LLC company can be incorporated in the free zone by one or more individuals or corporate entities. LLPs, LPs and GPs can be incorporated by two or more individuals as long as (for LLPs) the individual is the LLP’s designated member.

  • When a LTD, LLP, LLC or LP company is incorporated, a Certificate of Incorporation is issued.
  • When a branch of an existing company is incorporated, a Certificate of Registration is issued.
  • Upon the transfer of an established company to DIFC, a Certificate of Continuation is issued.

Commercial Licenses

Once the Certificate of Incorporation, registration or continuation is issued, the Registrar of Companies immediately issues the commercial license. DIFC’s commercial licenses are renewed yearly following payment of the yearly renewal fee.


DIFC offers leases for its commercial property which covers an area of around 170,000 sqm.

Specific Client Services

DIFC’s dedicated personnel provide information, support and advice on the following:

  • Long term leases
  • Property ownership
  • Serviced offices and conference rooms
  • Management of facilities
  • Independent judicial system and arbitration centre
  • Employment permits and residency permits
  • Information and communications systems
  • Delivery and moving of items
  • Driving and alcohol licenses
  • Other government services
  • Venues and catering for events
  • Networking functions
  • Health, safety and security issues
  • Car parking

Dubai International Financial Centre Products

DIFC’s investors are provided with a range of business and residential real estate facilities according to clients’ specific business needs.

  • Office Zone
  • Residential Zone

Office Zone


A range of floor plans are available which provide flexible layout facilities, either closed office spaces or open plan layouts:

  • Core and shell offices
  • Top quality and modern design
  • Technical consultants for office fit-out
  • Electrical fittings and connections
  • Facilities management
  • IT and data centre solutions
  • Safety features – smoke/heat detectors, fire alarms, emergency lighting, sprinkler system
  • P O Box
  • Facilities for conferences and catering
  • Modern gyms
  • Fine restaurants and shops
  • Near 2 metro stations
  • Easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road
  • 24/7 security and CCTV
  • Centralised A/C, emergency power system
  • Car parking

Serviced Office Space

  • Fully equipped offices with modern furniture and fittings
  • Offices up to 800 sq ft
  • Ideal for start-ups and small companies
  • Flexible lease options
  • Advanced communications systems
  • Internet and telecom connections
  • IT support
  • Conference and meeting rooms
  • Storage facilities
  • Receipt and distribution of mail
  • Housekeeping
  • Beverages


Offices are also available on a freehold ownership basis.

Data Centre Co-Location

  • Hosting services provided by 4 modern data centres
  • Global standards – Awarded the “Best Data Centre Deployment in the region” and the “Best Network infrastructure implementation” in 2008 and 2009
  • Services catered to clients’ needs
  • Advanced ICT platform with minimum downtime
  • Back up UPS system and N+1 configuration
  • Dedicated backup generator and provision for 2nd mobile generator
  • Cooling system with N+1 configuration
  • Dedicated BMS facilities
  • Substation transformer
  • Telecommunication service provider
  • 24/7 security guards, CCTV access reader systems

 Residential Zone

  • Finest quality apartments located centrally between old and new Dubai
  • Best skyline views including Burj Khalifa
  • Schools, healthcare facilities and health club nearby
  • Ample restaurants, cafes and retail stores
  • Landscaped surroundings

Major Clients

DIFC is the biggest hub for international financial services between Europe and Singapore. Many global leaders are housed at DIFC:

  • 21 of the world’s top 25 banks
  • 6 of the world’s 10 biggest insurance companies
  • 6 of the top 10 international law firms
  • 11 of the world’s 20 biggest money managers

Information to download:

DIFC News and Latest Developments

DIFC Video

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Map

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