Dubai South Free Zone (DSF)

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For entrepreneurs in the UAE, setting up a company in Dubai South, also known as Dubai Logistics City free zone, is one of the best moves they can make. Founded in 2006, Dubai South is an emerging gateway to the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. This is one of the fastest growing free zones in the UAE, offering a diversified market to the world.

Dubai South free zone offers an integrated urban ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs and investors grow their businesses at a cost-effective pace and manage their time effectively. Having a company established in Dubai South free zone allows entrepreneurs to benefit from its proximity to the Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport and the Jebel Ali Port.

In addition to offering a logistics corridor for the world, Dubai South offers connectivity to land, sea, and air, reducing costs and impacting delivery processes.

Among the amenities offered by Dubai South are pre-built offices, world-class warehouses, shell & core outlets, custom office space, industrial facilities, and more. These facilities provide the perfect setting for sectors including aviation, retail, hospitality, food and beverage, and information technology.

 

BUSINESS ACTIVITIES PERMITTED IN DUBAI SOUTH:

In Dubai South, businesses are allowed to conduct a wide range of activities within five categories: commercial, service/consulting, e-commerce, manufacturing, and freelance. Some activities permissible within these categories include:

  • Logistics

  • Transportation

  • Aviation

  • Storage

  • All trading activities

  • IT consultancy

  • Agriculture

  • Food and beverage trading

  • Management consultancy

  • Hospitality

  • Education

  • Marketing

A major part of Dubai South is dedicated to aviation, logistics, business parks, and real estate, providing multiple opportunities for multinational companies, sole entrepreneurs, traders, and SMEs alike.

There are some activities in the free zone setup that require an attested degree or experience in a related field. It is not permitted to combine non-related activities or commercial and service activities under one license

 

DUBAI SOUTH FREE ZONE LICENSE AND FACILITIES:

There are various licenses offered by the authorities of Dubai South, including:

  • Industrial license

  • Logistics license

  • Trading and general trading license

  • Service license,

  • Education license

BENEFITS OF DUBAI SOUTH FREE ZONE COMPANY SETUP:

In addition to the strategic location of Dubai South Free Zone, it is easily accessible by both metro and car and is one of the best free zones in the world for setting up a business. Expo 2020 is located near the free zone, which would undoubtedly boost the opportunities for businesses located there.

The other benefits of company formation in Dubai South include:

  • 100% foreign ownership in Dubai south free zone

  • No personal, income, or corporate taxes for Dubai south free zone

  • Dynamic international community

  • Full repatriation of capital and profits

  • Strategic location boosting opportunities

  • Leasing options

  • Simple and quick set up process

  • World-class infrastructures

  • Exemption from all import and export duties; however, you cant import into main and

 

DUBAI SOUTH ALSO OFFERS VARIOUS FACILITIES INCLUDING:

  • Flexi desks

  • Flexi offices

  • Permanent desks

  • Smart, fully-furnished offices

  • Executive offices

  • Warehouses

  • Plots of lands

 

DUBAI SOUTH LICENSE RENEWAL:

Business renewal in Dubai South is a simple and cost-effective procedure. Beginning with the second renewal of your company, you will be required to submit an audit report on a yearly basis.

A renewal process is completed by paying a renewal fee and submitting a lease agreement for your facility. An advantage of the renewal process is that your physical presence in the UAE is not required.

 

BUSINESS LIQUIDATION IN DUBAI SOUTH:

As with renewal, company liquidation also does not require the physical presence of the owner and can be performed through an agent. To complete the process, you will be required to pay the government fee. 

Company liquidation takes about one month to be completed and involves the following steps:

  • Cancellation of visas

  • Termination of a lease agreement

  • Closure of bank account

  • Clearance from customs if your business was involved with trading.

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