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Dubai World Trade Centre

The Dubai World Trade Centre, the city’s pioneering landmark, acts as a global business hub, providing advantageous opportunities for companies seeking international exposure and stability in the region. Offering a wide range of services including event management, marketing, technology, and security, DWTC stands out prominently. Situated in the heart of Dubai, DWTC is a prestigious venue for international trade shows, conferences, and various business events, making it the preferred choice for hosting diverse events in the city.

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Advantages of Setting Up Your Business in Dubai World Trade Center

DWTC offers advantageous incentives and numerous benefits for entrepreneurs aiming to establish a business in the UAE. Here are some of them:

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Strategic Location 

DWTC, situated 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport, offers convenient access to various Dubai locations, including Burj Khalifa and Emirates Towers.

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Globally Recognized District 

DWTC stands as a premier venue for renowned global events, hosting over 500 international trade fairs, exhibitions, and conventions annually, drawing 3 million visitors yearly.

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Flexible Office Leasing Options

DWTC Authority license holders and business operators can sublease premises to other members within the Free Zone.

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Favorable Legal Framework

Foreign companies in DWTC can enjoy complete ownership, unrestricted capital repatriation, and flexible lease terms, with low tariffs and a 9% corporate tax if applicable.

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Dual Licensing  

Mainland companies expanding into DWTC's free zone can obtain business operating permits but must align activities with their DED license.

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 by DWTC

There are various types of business licenses offered in DWTC:

General Trading License

Allows firms to conduct various commercial activities such as exporting, importing, and distributing goods across different sectors.

Commercial License

Enables companies to perform activities outlined in the license, including exporting, importing, distributing, selling, and storing permissible items.

Professional License

This license authorizes businesses to provide services like general or advisory consulting, on-site repair, training, HR, and software implementation.

Event management License

This license allows companies to host business or leisure events, conferences, incentives, meetings, exhibitions, and conferences within the jurisdiction.

E-commerce License 

This license is designed for businesses operating online platforms, enabling them to conduct trade in goods and services online.

Single Family Office

This license is designed for family offices established to manage and service the wealth of a single family.

Multi-Family Office 

This license is intended for consultants' offices providing wealth management services to multiple families.

Business Structures Types in DWTC

There are four types of company structures offered in DWTC:

Free Zone Company (FZC)

This entity is owned entirely by one shareholder, who may be an individual or a corporate entity.

Free Zone Establishment (FZE)

This entity is wholly owned by a single shareholder, who can be an individual or a corporate entity.

Limited Liability Company

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) in the UAE limits shareholders' liability to the value of their share capital.

Branch of a Foreign Company

This structure can establish a branch in DWTC free zone without capital investment, aligning activities with the parent company.

Steps in Setting Up Your Business in DWTC

Here are the general steps involved in setting up your business in DWTC.