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Dubai Silicon Oasis

Dubai Silicon Oasis caters to the technology sector and supporting companies and services and provides both a living and working integrated community.

Main Benefits

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

The Government of Dubai established the Dubai Silicon Oasis, a revolutionary technology park Free Zone with a vision to make it one of the world's leading centres of advanced electronic innovation, design and development. Established in 2004, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai and is considered the only technology park in the region that provides both a living and working integrated community.

Business Licensing Segments in Dubai Silicon Oasis

DSO specifically focuses on those companies operating in the hi-tech sector including the following industries.

  • Mobile Technologies
  • Internet
  • Data Centre
  • Arabization/Localization Technologies
  • Software/Software-As-A-Service (SAAS)
  • Semiconductor

The other sectors on focus are

  • IT, Telecom, electrical, electronic, engineering and related activities
  • Consultants, law firms, finance institutions etc.
  • Biotechnology, automobile, aerospace, oil and gas, alternative energy etc.

The legacy of Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) originates from the semiconductor sector, which has dramatically grown both regionally and internationally. In particular, the semiconductor market in the Middle East is flourishing with a variety of mergers and acquisitions. Dubai Silicon Oasis proudly hosts the region's leading chip design centre Dubai Circuit Design in addition to several other companies in this field.

Advantages of setting up business - DSO Incentives

  • 100% foreign ownership & repatriation of capital
  • Zero income tax or corporate tax
  • No import or export tax
  • Low cost of operations
  • State of the art IT infrastructure and facilities with tier 3 data center.
  • Dedicated business support services including integrated online E-Business system offering tenants fast and efficient services at the touch of a button
  • Access to regional pool of talented technical and engineering professionals
  • Access to consumer markets of 5 billion people (Middle East, North Africa and Indian subcontinent).

The DSO is strategically positioned between Europe and Asia with direct access to the MENA markets. Furthermore, DSOA provides easy access to all of Dubai and the UAE.

  • 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport
  • 10 minutes from Dubai's Business District
  • 20 minutes from Jebel Ali Port and Port Rashid

Business Setup in Dubai Silicon Oasis

Setting up a business in DSO requires planning and decision making through different phases. This involves deciding the business activity and confirming with DSO, preparation of comprehensive business plan, choosing legal structure for business, estimating required human work force etc. The business registration or licensing process can be completed only after depositing the minimum capital mandated by DSOA in a bank account. 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 DSOA representatives.

Business License Types in Dubai Silicon Oasis

DSOA issues the following three types of licenses based on the business activity a company looking to set up in DSOA plans to conduct.

DSOA issues the following three types of licenses based on the business activity a company looking to set up in DSOA plans to conduct.

Trade License: allows trading (activities related to import, export and distribution) of products specified in license subject to the regulations of the license issuing authority.

Service License: allows the registered entity to carry out specified services like lawyers, accounting firms and business consultants.

Industrial License: allows to import raw materials, carry out the manufacture of specified products, process, assemble, package and export the finished product to any country.

Business Infrastructure in Dubai Silicon Oasis

Dubai Silicon Oasis' urban master-planned community spans 7.2 square kilometres with state of the art office towers, R&D and industrial zones, educational institutions, villas and apartments, healthcare and a full range of lifestyle facilities that translate into a dynamic commercial and social environment. The DSO facilities include the following.

"Plug and Play" office facilities from 160 Sq.Ft. upwards ideal for setting up regional office and R&D centres.

Multiple-use Warehousing and Manufacturing facilities include

  • 172,000 Sq.Ft. of high-bay warehouses and industrial spaces
  • Operational warehouse units of approximately 3,228 to 5,380 sq.ft. with a racking height of 12m and an attached office space of 214 sq.ft.
  • Light Industrial Units of 3,868 sq.ft. that includes a warehouse/operational area of 2,307 Sq.Ft. as well as a double storey office area of 1,560 Sq.Ft.

"shovel ready" (ready for immediate development) industrial plots of land with various sizes ranging from 65,000 Sq.Ft. to 2.7 million Sq.Ft. to construct their regional headquarters, associated warehousing, R&D backbones, manufacturing sites or logistics and distribution centres. Many leading global companies located at the DSO including the likes of Wacker Chemicals and Porsche have developed their own facilities within the technology park.

Conference Facilities

  • Lecture facility designed to accommodate up to 25 individuals, an ideal venue for briefings and presentations
  • High-tech and luxurious conference room designed to accommodate up to 30 individuals
  • Meeting rooms designed to accommodate up to 10 individuals, ideal for executive presentations.

Shops, Restaurants and Amenities

Large companies registered in DSO

  • Philips
  • Fujitsu
  • AMD
  • Western Digital
  • Synopsys
  • Schneider Electric
  • Henkel
  • Nortel Networks
  • Wavetec

Types of legal entities in Dubai Silicon Oasis

An individual or a corporate entity can set up and do business in Dubai Silicon Oasis being registered in any of the following legal forms:

  • Free Zone Establishment (FZE) – entity with one shareholder
  • Free Zone Company (FZC) – entity with 2 to 5 shareholders
  • Branch of a Foreign Company
  • Branch of a Local Company


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