Set Up Your Company in

Dubai South

The Dubai South is a dedicated business hub located in the United Arab Emirates. It is part of the Dubai World Central (DWC) initiative and was established to cater to the varied needs of businesses. Dubai South is positioned as a global transport hub by heavily focusing on the aviation and logistics sectors.

Dubai South offers services such as business incubation and support, free zone license, value-added services, and access to a network of strategic partners. It is an ideal business center for entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of its connectivity to other parts of the UAE.

The free zone is home to Al Maktoum International Airport, which is set to become the world’s largest airport.

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    Advantages of

    Setting Up Your Business

    in Dubai South

    Aside from its unrivaled connectivity, here are some of the following benefits that local and foreign entrepreneurs can enjoy upon establishing a company under Dubai South:

    Prime Location

    Situated between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Direct access to Jebel Ali Sea Port, the biggest airport in the region, and the Al Maktoum Airport, which is set to become the world’s largest airport upon completion.

    Business-friendly Policies

    100% foreign company ownership No restrictions on capital repatriation No currency restrictions No personal income tax Flexible commercial lease terms 9% corporate income tax (where applicable) A 5% standard VAT rate

    Diverse Business Options

    Dubai South comprises seven districts where you can choose to put up your business – Residential District, Commercial District, Logistics District, Aviation District, Humanitarian District, Golf District, and Dubai South Exhibition City.

    Support Services

    Dubai South is one of the free zones that provide best-in-class customer service as well as facilitated business setups and processes for companies to operate under its umbrella. Entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Dubai South can choose from small workspaces, co-working spaces, to warehousing facilities.

    Cost of Starting Your Business

    in Dubai South

    The cost of business setup packages in Dubai South free zone usually starts at AED 29,900 . However, this is only for the registration fee, license fee, flexi-desk setup, and establishment card. But with Rapid Zone’s business package, you can get everything you need, from office spaces, visa assistance, and other fees essential for your company incorporation.

    Rapid Zone’s business package includes:

    Business License and Office Space

    Flexibility to conduct business within the jurisdiction

     Dedicated Account Management Team

    Interest free monthly installment plan of AED 3,250 (RAKBANK, Dubai Islamic Bank, Mashreq, and Emirates NBD)

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    Payment Plans

    with Selected Banks

    Convert your transactions into easy and affordable monthly instalments with our selected range of banking partners. Spend a minimum of AED 1,000 on your credit card issued from any of our participating banks and repay in easy instalments over a period of 12 months.


    Make a minimum purchase of AED 1,000 using your credit card for any services provided by Rapid Zone.

    Call the banking services of any of our partner banks and request to convert your purchase into an Easy Payment Plan.

    Get the option of paying over 3, 6, 9 or 12 months

    *General terms and conditions from the banks will be applicable.

    Types of Licenses Offered

    by DWTC

    There are various types of business licenses offered in DWTC:

    Industrial License

    Granted for companies who want to engage in general trading and light manufacturing activities. (e.g. blending, mixing, purifying, assembling forming, repacking, or wrapping of products)

    Logistics License

    This license allows companies to carry out specific logistics activities (e.g. storage, transportation, distribution, sorting, forwarding and clearing activities, order management, inventory management, etc.)

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    Trading License

    Trading License A trading and general trading license are given to companies who intend to import, export, distribute goods within the UAE. Companies can also conduct sale of goods within the country through a local distributor.

    Service License

    Service License This license is given to companies providing relevant services mentioned in the license.

    Education License

    Allows companies to offer educational and social services, educational training, and educational consultancy services.

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    Aviation License

    Allows companies to carry out aviation-related services.

    General Documents

    Required for

    for Dubai South Company Setup

    • Passport Copy 
    • UAE entry Stampa/visa copy 
    • Phone number 
    • Email Address 
    • Residence and correspondence address 
    • Shareholding ratio 
    • Company Name 

    Steps in Setting Up Your


    in Dubai South

    Setting up your company in Dubai South is easy and straightforward. However, seeking advice from Creative Zone can help you minimize the time and cost needed for company formation.

    Here are the general steps for establishing your company in Dubai South:


    Choose a Legal Form for Your Business


    The first step in setting up a business in Dubai South is to choose a legal form for your business. This can be either an LLC or a branch company.

    Each has its requirements, advantages, and disadvantages, so making a careful decision is vital. Before incorporating your business in Dubai South, you must outline your business activities to evaluate what type of trade license you will get.

    Prepare the Articles of Association (AOA) and Memorandum of Association (MOA)

    AOAs and MOAs are the most critical documents you must prepare before establishing your business. You will need to notarize these documents through a legal company.

    Depending on the type of business you are setting up, you may need to obtain additional requirements depending on your business license type.


    Certificate of Registration

    Once you have submitted all the requirements, you will receive a Certificate of Registration, which allows you to open a bank account. This certificate is typically issued within 7-14 days after the application.


    Secure an Office Space

    Once you have registered your business and obtained the necessary licenses, you will need to secure an office space in Dubai South. This can be done by leasing or constructing a new building.


    Open a Bank Account

    After providing all the relevant documents, such as your certificate of business registration, license, and lease agreement, you can now finally open a corporate bank account. This is where all the financial transactions of your company will be done.