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Being Creative: Setting up Business in Dubai Design District (d3)

Set Up Business in Dubai Design District Free Zone

Dubai Design District (d3) stands as the symbol of Dubai’s relentless aspiration towards an innovative-driven future. Home to a burgeoning community of creative thinkers, d3 serves as the nexus where global design meets Middle Eastern flair.

Why to Set up Business in Dubai Design District?

  • Creative Epicentre: As the Middle East’s heart of design, d3 fosters an environment where global brands converge with local talent, amplifying Dubai’s voice in the global design conversation.
  • Strategic Location: Nestled adjacent to the bustling Business Bay, d3 sprawls over an impressive 25 million square feet, beckoning the world’s design mavens.
  • Innovation-led Vision: With a mission to catapult Dubai into the world’s design limelight, d3 focuses on cultivating and showcasing Arab creativity on a grand scale.
  • Flexibility in Operations: Even before its grand completion, d3 generously welcomes businesses to commence their operations from any location in Dubai.
  • Ownership & Financial Benefits: Dive into a world where 100% foreign ownership meets 100% tax freedom, all complemented by a 50-year exemption from corporate and income tax.
  • Migration Ease: For companies established in TECOM or DIFC zones, d3 offers smooth migration, enhancing their operational scope.
  • Dual Licensing: Unique to d3, businesses can obtain licenses to operate both within the district and in the broader Dubai mainland.
  • Diverse Opportunities: From restaurant businesses to selected venues for alcohol licenses, d3 evaluates prospects on a case-by-case basis, ensuring a holistic business environment.

Forms of Registration at Dubai Design District

  • Branch of a Company: Set up as a branch of a Foreign or UAE-based company.
  • Free Zone LLC: Set up as a Free Zone Limited Liability Company with share capital starting from AED 50,000 to AED 100,000 depending on the activity

Licensing Activities in Dubai Design District (d3)

Marketing, Fashion, Luxury, Interior, Furniture and Objects, Design, E-Commerce, Ancillary Services, Beauty Care, Art, Freelancer, Marketing Services, Event Management.


Cost of setting up and operating in d3

  • One time registration fee of AED 3,510
  • Fashion, Luxury, Interior, Furniture and Objects licenses (including manufacturing) at AED 20,000 per annum. All other licenses at AED 15,000 per annum. Freelancing licenses at AED 7,500.
  • Spacious Infrastructure: With shell and core offices starting from 1000 sq. ft., at AED 180 per sq. ft.

Why AE Formations for your d3 licensing?

AE Formations is not just a business setup consultant; Our expertise spans beyond setting up and you will always have a partner for all your secretarial needs. With us:

  1. Experience Seamless Setup: Our experts make your business transition into d3 smooth, efficient, and hassle-free.
  2. Tailored Solutions: Every design dream is unique, and our services echo this belief, ensuring your aspirations align perfectly with the d3 vision.
  3. Full-Spectrum Support: From paperwork to licensing, from consultation to execution, we’re with you every step of the way.

Schedule a discussion with us to know more about setting up in Dubai Design District (d3).

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