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Dubai Design District

Dubai Design District, or D3, serves as the UAE’s creative nucleus, fostering the design industry and positioning the city as a global design center. Situated centrally in Dubai, near landmarks like Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, D3 spans over 4 million square feet and hosts 500+ businesses, including renowned design studios, showrooms, galleries, and fashion brands like Dior, Adidas, Nike, and Foster + Partners.

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Advantages of Setting Up Your Business in Dubai Design District

In addition to its designation as a design capital, D3 offers various incentives tailored to entrepreneurs and businesses:

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Modern and Advanced Infrastructures

D3 operates as a smart zone, implementing initiatives like smart parking meters, energy meters, and waste management solutions.

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Proximity to World-Renowned Landmarks

Dubai Design District is adjacent to Dubai Mall, the UAE's largest mall, with 65 million annual visitors, and near Burj Khalifa, Dubai Internet City, DIFC, and Business Bay.

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Low-Cost Company Setup

Establishing a company in D3 is cost-effective, with license fees starting at approximately AED 15,000, and a minimum share capital of AED 50,000.

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World-Class Recognition

Annually, Dubai Design Week provides designers and artists an opportunity to showcase their work to renowned global designers.

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Legal Framework

Ownership, capital repatriation, and currency have no restrictions. No personal income tax. Foreign employees unrestricted. Low tariffs.

Explore Monthly Payment Plans with Selected Banks

Transform your transactions into convenient and budget-friendly monthly installments through our chosen array of banking partners. Simply make a minimum credit card expenditure of AED 1,000 from any of our participating banks and repay in manageable installments spanning 12 months.


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

Types of Licenses Offered in Dubai Design District

Here are the three types of business licenses offered in Dubai Design District

Manufacturing License

Permits companies to conduct manufacturing, processing, or assembling activities within the Dubai Design District.

Commercial License

Designed for businesses providing particular goods and services within the Dubai Design District (D3).

Service License

Enables businesses to offer services such as repair and maintenance within the Dubai Design District (D3).

General Documents Required for Company Setup in Dubai Design District

Business Structures in Dubai Design District

Companies are authorized to undertake manufacturing, processing, or assembling activities within the Dubai Design District (D3).

Freelance Permit

Designers and artists, as part of a global creative hub, can provide services under their own name with a special permit.

Branch Company

A Branch Company in Dubai Design District represents a firm existing outside D3 or the UAE, with potentially different names.


A Free Zone LLC in Dubai Design District operates under its jurisdiction, offering limited liability protection to shareholders as other LLCs do.

Steps in Setting Up Your Business in Dubai Design District

Starting a company in D3 is fast and easy. Generally, this includes five steps: