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Dubai Internet City (DIC)

Dubai Internet City is the Middle East and North Africa's largest Information and Communications Technology cluster.

Main Benefits

  • 100% ownership.
  • No tax on corporate gains or personal incomes
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • Exemption from import and export duties

Established in the year 2000, Dubai Internet City (DIC) has grown to become the Middle East and North Africa's largest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Business Park, hosting both global and regional companies. DIC provides a comprehensive ecosystem, infrastructure, and environment for companies who wish to set up their ICT business in the UAE.

Dubai Internet City is managed by TECOM Investments, which is based in Dubai and is a subsidiary of Dubai Holding. TECOM a recognized leader is a global company dedicated to knowledge and life-improving industries. Dubai Internet City is set in the heart of "New Dubai" with the Marina district to the west, Palm Jumeirah to the North and Sheikh Zayed Road to the South.

Business Licensing Segments in Dubai Internet City

Businesses from the following sectors may apply to become part of the DIC business community:

  • Software – activities related to developing, installing and/or modifying software products of their own or of a third party
  • Internet and Multimedia – activities related to developing and/or distributing Internet or multimedia content. Other activities may include distributing goods or services via the Internet, such as by providing an online platform and acting as an intermediary between multiple companies or multiple individuals. Additional activities may include providing different applications through a network
  • Telecommunication and Network – Activities related to developing, installing, modifying and/or operating networks or providing relevant services designed for operation network-based applications or services. The manufacture of physical components within the zone and direct trading of physical components and products into UAE market is not allowed
  • IT Service – Activities related to developing, providing standardized, repeatable IT-based services, which may also include security solutions, localization, training and corporate learning.

Advantages of Setting Up / Doing Business – DIC Incentives

  • 100 percent exemption from personal income tax for 50 years
  • 100 percent exemption from corporate taxes for 50 years
  • 100 percent foreign ownership
  • 100 percent repatriation of profits
  • Metro Ethernet environment
  • Dynamic international community
  • Opportunities for business interaction and networking
  • Opportunities for channel and market development
  • Communications infrastructure based on next-generation technologies
  • Digital voice and high speed data services offered at competitive rates

Business Set Up Process in Dubai Internet City

Setting up a business in Dubai Internet City requires planning and decision making through different phases. This involves preparation of comprehensive business plan, choosing suitable infrastructure, estimating required human work force etc. The business registration or licensing process can be completed only after depositing the minimum capital mandated by Dubai Internet City in a bank account in UAE. A company being formed may have either an individual shareholder or corporate shareholder or both. The incorporation process requires the shareholders to sign the documents in the presence of DIC authorities.

Types of Legal Entities in Dubai Internet City

Individuals or corporate entities can set up and do business in Dubai Internet City being registered in any of the following legal forms:

  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC)
  • Branch of a Foreign Company, where the applicant is a foreign registered corporate person
  • Branch of a UAE Company, where the applicant is a UAE registered corporate person

Business Infrastructure in Dubai Internet City

  • Commercial offices.
  • Business Centers with Executive Desk and Executive Office.
  • Conference Facilities
  • Amenities – Star Hotels, Fitness Facilities, Dining and Retail, Banking & ATM, Medical, Security and Public Safety.

Big companies registered in Dubai Internet City

The ICT business park hosts a dynamic international community of IT companies which include Fortune 500 brands as well as a number of growing enterprises, entrepreneurships and ventures: Microsoft, Dell, Intel, IBM, Canon, General Electric and Cisco just to name a few.



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