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Dubai South - DWC (Dubai World Central) Company Formation

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DMCC Company Formation

DMCC Company Formation : Made for Trade, DMCC have firmly established Dubai as a leading centre for trading international commodities and the world’s fastest-growing Free Zone. We regulate, promote and facilitate trade across a range of goods from gold, diamonds and precious metals to tea, food and industrial materials. Today, as home to major multinationals and start-ups, we connect more than 17,000 businesses with the world-class services, leading infrastructure and vibrant community they need to thrive and succeed.

Dubai South – DWC (Dubai World Central) Company Formation

DWC Company Formation: Dubai South Free zone, formerly known as Dubai World Central (DWC) is located near Al Maktoum International Airport, one of the largest Airports in the world. Dubai South is the cost effective Free zone in Dubai for company incorporation

Dubai South Freezone is situated near to the world event – EXPO 2020

Dubai South Company Formation : Types of DWC Licenses

Benefits of company set up in Dubai South includes 100% tax free, you option to select from high quality commercial buildings with flexible commercial leases. DWC give options for free zone or non-bonded zone licenses for business formation. Competitive business setup rates and proximity to Al Maktoum Airport is an added advantage.

  • Commercial Licence

    Commercial Licence – allows the holder to carry out specified commercial services including general trading and logistics services;

  • Service Licence

    Service Licence – allows the holder to carry out services specified in the Licence within the DWC Free Zone and elsewhere in the UAE;

  • Industrial Licence/Educational Licence

    Industrial Licence – allows the holder to carry out specified light manufacturing activities. Education Licence – allows the holder to carry out educational and social services, educational aid training, and educational consultancy services


what activities are allowed in the dwc free zone?

DWC is able to licence most of the activities that are allowed by the Dubai Department of Economic Development. Click here for a list of DED activities in Microsoft Excel file.

how many activities can i have under one licence?

A Free Zone enterprise can have up to 5 related activities in the DWC Business Centre and up to 10 related activities in the Aviation District and Logistic District. A trading activity and a service activity cannot be issued under the same licence.

can i carry out business activities outside of the dwc free zone with my dwc licence?

Yes, in limited cases. For example, a company with a service license could provide consultancy services to clients outside of the DWC Free Zone and a company providing logistics services under a commercial licence could pick up and deliver (but not sell) products within the UAE. However, trading activities under a commercial license only permit the holder to sell completed products in the UAE market through a local registered distributor or a commercial agent in the UAE.Different restrictions apply on different licence categories. Please refer to the DWC Free Zone and Administration Rules and Regulations for further details.

can i lease a facility in the dwc free zone with my current uae licence and registration?

No. All applicants wishing to operate from the DWC Free Zone are required to register as a Free Zone Enterprise.

can i lease or purchase real property outside of the dwc free zone with my dwc licence?

No. Leasing and investment activities are only permitted within DWC.

can i lease or purchase real property outside of the dwc free zone with my dwc licence?

No. Leasing and investment activities are only permitted within DWC.

can i be granted a licence without leasing any facility in dwc?

No. To qualify for and to hold a licence, the applicant must be in possession of a valid lease for office space, warehouse space, or development land within the DWC Free Zone or have a service contract with the DWC Business Centre.

can i purchase and own an office within the dwc free zone?

No. In the DWC Free Zone, you can only lease offices.

does dwc offer flexi-desk or virtual office solutions?

Yes. DWC has a wide range of Business Centre products and services which includes Smart desks and Smart offices. Please Contact DWC Business Centre on +971 4 816 0000 or submit your enquiry online at http://www.dwc.ae/contact/.

is a free zone enterprise required to appoint auditors and submit annual financial statements?

Yes. Each Free Zone Enterprise must appoint an independent auditor that is registered and licenced in the UAE. Audited financial statements must be submitted annually.


DWC-LLC Formation

To establish a DWC-LLC, the following must be submitted to the Free Zone Administration Department:
A completed form – Registration & Licensing Application (Dubai World Central LLC);
Clear and valid passport copies (preferably in colour) of any individual listed as a Shareholder, Director, General Manager and Company Secretary in the application form;
A notarized, attested and legalized copy of certificate of incorporation, valid certificate of good standing or trade licence (for foreign companies, should be notarized, attested and legalized) of any Shareholder that is a corporate entity;
If the person handling the application and signing the declaration at the end of the Registration & Licensing Application form is not named as a Shareholder, Director, General Manager or Company Secretary in the application, then a notarised Power of Attorney or signed Board Resolution (if the Shareholder is a corporate entity) will be required from each Shareholder, confirming that the person handling the application is properly authorised to act on behalf of the Shareholders;
2 copies of the Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association of the DWC-LLC on this site under COMMERCIAL BUSINESS, bearing the name of the company to be incorporated and signed by all Shareholders, noting their names, addresses and respective shareholding; and the applicable fee.

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