Business Setup in Dubai | Dubai Design District Free Zone (D3)

Dubai Design District (D3)

Dubai Design District (D3) was founded in 2013 to encourage growth and investment in markets like digital media, arts, design, and fashion. As of today, the Dubai Design District Free Zone is a pioneer in the Middle East providing a range of media and design workshops, trade shows, brand launches, fashion events, art shows, and media conferences among others. The Dubai Design District is certainly a one of its kind ecosystem that nourishes the up and coming brands in fashion, retail, luxury, and hospitality.

Dubai Design District is the latest of Free Zone business parks by TECOM Investments. The heartbeat of the design scene in Middle East, the Dubai Design District offices now cater to design, fashion and luxury industries around the world. The vision of creating a world class creative community that engages, nurtures and promotes local, regional and global design talent is what makes Dubai Design District the map of innovation. In the midst of this, My Business Consulting DMCC has been a driving factor in helping startups and brands settle and grow in the Dubai Design District location.

As of today, Dubai Design District is home to state of the art headquarters, offices, studios, and ateliers of leading local and global brands. The Dubai Design District logo compliments the ambitions of the Free Zone in becoming a frontrunner in the world of design, fashion, and arts!

ADVANTAGES OF BUSINESS SETUP IN D3

ADVANTAGES OF BUSINESS SETUP IN D3

  • No currency restrictions

  • 0% personal income tax

  • No limit on capital repatriation

  • 0% corporate tax for the first 50 years

  • No restrictions on hiring foreign talent

  • Community living seamlessly integrated

  • Get incepted in the world’s first design ecosystem

  • Special licensing for design and fashion with freelance permits for artists and designers

  • The innovative ecosystem shares a prime location with Business Bay, Dubai Mall, and Burj Khalifa

TYPES OF LICENSES IN D3


Commercial License


Service License


Manufacturing License


Freelancer Permit

TYPES OF LICENSES IN D3

  • Commercial License

  • Service License

  • Manufacturing License

  • Freelancer Permit

BUSINESS REGISTRATION FEES IN D3

To get started in Dubai Design District or any other free zone in UAE, feel free to reach My Business Consulting DMCC. My Business Consulting DMCC provides consultancy and support in setting up your business in UAE with the most suitable facilities and assists in opening a corporate or personal bank account as well as obtaining a residence visa in UAE. We can help you choose the right legal structure and license to start life as one of Dubai Design District companies.

Below you will find the full list of general business setup related costs, though to receive a personalized proposal and to be aware of all the latest business setup offers from D3, we recommend to contact our Business Setup Experts.

1. Type of License

Dubai Design District issues commercial or service license as Free Zone licenses. Commercial licensing means that your company may either be registered as a Free Zone Limited Liability Company (owned by a natural or a corporate) or a Branch Company (a branch of either an existing UAE company or a foreign company). Freelance permits enable individuals to work as a sole proprietor for the specified activity. The following segments are available for the license obtained in Dubai Design District: Marketing Services, Fashion, Luxury, Design, E-commerce, Ancillary services, Beauty care, Event management, Media &Marketing services, Freelancer, Service provider, Consultancy and others. The fee structure in D3 is straight forward as below:

BUSINESS SETUP FEES 1st YEAR 2nd YEAR
Registration Fee AED 3,520 -
License Cost per Segment AED 15,020 AED 15,020
Additional Cost to Add Manufacturing (If available within the chosen segment) AED 5,000 AED 5,000
Additional Cost per Additional Segment AED 15,020 AED 15,020
Freelancer Permit AED 7,520 AED 7,520

Note:
*Additional AED 500 applies if there’s more than 1 shareholder in the company.
*Share Capital Minimum of AED 50,000 to AED 100,000 (depending on the chosen segment) must be deposited to the D3A bank account before the License of the company will be released. Share Capital will be refunded to the bank account of the new company, once the account is open.
*Freelancer Permit does not require capital.
Fees are the subject for an additional 5% Value Added Tax (VAT).

2. Type of Office Facilities

High-quality offices delivered in shell and core with options to maintain exposed ceilings and ‘raw’ features give creatives the opportunity for their space to act as an extension of their own creativity. A shared creative environment offering a range of flexible options for D3 license deskspace companies and freelance permit holders.

FACILITY TYPE MINIMUM SIZE ANNUAL COST (AED)
Flexi Desk
(2 Visas eligibility)
24/7 Access to D3 Co-Working Areas on a first-come, first-served basis AED 26,250
Physical Office Spaces, Core & Shell
(1 Visa per 8-10 sq. m)
1,000 sq. ft. AED 180/sq. ft
Physical Office Spaces with Fit-Out
(1 Visa per 8-10 sq. m)
1,000 sq. ft. AED 220/sq. ft
Co-working Spaces
(1 Visa eligibility)
24/7 Access to D3 Co-Working Areas on a first-come, first-served basis AED 5,250

Note:
*Deposit of 25% of total office rent is required when renting a physical office.
Fees are the subject for an additional 5% Value Added Tax (VAT).

3. Miscellaneous Documents

Establishment Card is a necessary document to enable the company to register in the Residency Department.

Establishment Card AED 2,170
Urgent Applications Processing AED 1,000

Note: Fees are the subject for an additional 5% Value Added Tax (VAT).

4. Residence Visa in Dubai Design District

The cost of each visa varies depending on the status of an applicant’s current location, whether the application is taking place inside or outside the UAE. Amendment of visa can be done only if the applicant has canceled his previous Residence Visa or is transferring within D3.
In the case, at the moment of the application, you are in the UAE, by choosing the Employment Visa Application inside the Country with Local amendment you can easily stay in the country, and enjoy the hassle-free process. There will be no need to exit the UAE for the Visa Status Change process.

SERVICES FEES
Employment Visa – outside the Country AED 3,370
Employment Visa – Inside the country with Status Change AED 3,370
Employment Visa – Inside the Country WITH status change AED 4,992
Visa Guarantee Deposit AED 2,500

Note:
Note: Fees are the subject for an additional 5% Value Added Tax (VAT).

5. My Business Consulting DMCC Service Packages

With rich experience in business setup in Dubai, our Business Setup Experts provide hyper-personalized solutions to help you with your company registration process in the Dubai Design District Free Zone (D3).

COMPLETE BUSINESS SETUP PACKAGE
  • Corporate Consultancy

  • Regular update regarding the full process

  • Initial Approval: company name, activity, shareholder's structure

  • Business Plan Summary

  • Company Registration

  • Facility Arrangement (Business Park)

  • Company Licensing

  • Establishment Card

  • Company Stamp

  • Company Letterhead

  • Company Profile

  • Accounts Guide for UAE Businesses not registered for VAT

  • FREE Documents Expiration Notifications after one year

Service Fee - AED 11,000

Additional Fees:

  • Subsidiary/ Branch – AED 5,000 for Corporate Due Diligence

  • NOC from 3rd party (if required) – starting from AED 500

After obtaining the license and establishment card of the company, you may process the UAE Residence Visa or Bank Account Opening by yourself, however, shall you require professional assistance of My Business Consulting – kindly upgrade your Package.

UPGRADE
YOUR BUSINESS SETUP PACKAGE
BANK ACCOUNT OPENING SERVICES UAE RESIDENT VISA SERVICES
  • Assessment of Individual/Corporate Background

  • Preparation of Required Documents with a Company Profile specially designed for banks

  • Coordination with Relationship Officer before Account Opening Application Meeting

  • Scheduling Meeting with Relationship Officer

  • Full Assistance during Bank Account Opening Application and Interview

  • Follow-up of Account Opening

  • Regular Updates

  • Introduction of Official Relationship Manager

  • Assessment of Individuals Documents

  • Review of Required Documents

  • Obtaining Entry Permit

  • Typing for Medical Test and Emirates ID

  • Full Assistance in Medical Test, including transfers

  • Full Assistance in EID Biometrics, including transfers

  • Obtaining Visa Stamping

  • Collection of Emirates ID

  • Free document expiration notification after 3 years

AED 7,500+
Service Fee
AED 2,500+
Service Fee

5. My Business Consulting DMCC Service Packages

With rich experience in business setup in Dubai, our Business Setup Experts provide hyper-personalized solutions to help you with your company registration process in the Dubai Design District Free Zone (D3).

COMPLETE BUSINESS SETUP PACKAGE
  • Corporate Consultancy

  • Regular update regarding the full process

  • Initial Approval: company name, activity, shareholder's structure

  • Business Plan Summary

  • Company Registration

  • Facility Arrangement (Business Park)

  • Company Licensing

  • Establishment Card

  • Company Stamp

  • Company Letterhead

  • Company Profile

  • Accounts Guide for UAE Businesses not registered for VAT

  • FREE Documents Expiration Notifications after one year

Service Fee - AED 11,000

Additional Fees:

  • Subsidiary/ Branch – AED 5,000 for Corporate Due Diligence

  • NOC from 3rd party (if required) – starting from AED 500

After obtaining the license and establishment card of the company, you may process the UAE Residence Visa or Bank Account Opening by yourself, however, shall you require professional assistance of My Business Consulting – kindly upgrade your Package.


Please note that My Business Consulting DMCC will accept and provide Bank Account Opening assistance only to those companies whose shareholders are holding UAE Residence Visa and are having similar business activity (as to what is proposed) in their home country.

Note:
Fees are the subject for additional 5% Value Added Tax (VAT).
UPGRADE
YOUR BUSINESS SETUP PACKAGE
BANK ACCOUNT OPENING SERVICES
  • Assessment of Individual/Corporate Background

  • Preparation of Required Documents with a Company Profile specially designed for banks

  • Coordination with Relationship Officer before Account Opening Application Meeting

  • Scheduling Meeting with Relationship Officer

  • Full Assistance during Bank Account Opening Application and Interview

  • Follow-up of Account Opening

  • Regular Updates

  • Introduction of Official Relationship Manager

AED 7,500+
Service Fee
Please note that My Business Consulting DMCC will accept and provide Bank Account Opening assistance only to those companies whose shareholders are holding UAE Residence Visa and are having similar business activity (as to what is proposed) in their home country.

UAE RESIDENT VISA SERVICES
  • Assessment of Individuals Documents

  • Review of Required Documents

  • Obtaining Entry Permit

  • Typing for Medical Test and Emirates ID

  • Full Assistance in Medical Test, including transfers

  • Full Assistance in EID Biometrics, including transfers

  • Obtaining Visa Stamping

  • Collection of Emirates ID

  • Free document expiration notification after 3 years

AED 2,500+
Service Fee
Note:
Fees are the subject for additional 5% Value Added Tax (VAT).