Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park Free Zone

The Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park, referred to as DuBiotech for short, was launched at the beginning of 2005 and is a science & business park dedicated to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.

The Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park, referred to as DuBiotech for short, was launched at the beginning of 2005 and is a science & business park dedicated to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. It is modelled on the free zone concept. DuBiotech aims to facilitate a favourable environment for networking and collaboration within the biotech community. DuBiotech is the world’s first free zone dedicated to biotechnology. In its first phase, it has partnered with more than 50 international life sciences companies like Genzyme, Pfizer, Merck Serono, Amgen, etc. In its second phase, the free zone aims to strengthen partnerships with government bodies in key areas such as regulatory affairs, federal and local policies and academic projects. DuBiotech has two operating arms:

  1. Foundation for Research and Innovation, which focuses on government-funded R&D in several important areas such as medicine, genetics, agricultural, and stem cell research
  2. The second arm is to set up Biotech clusters with high-quality infrastructure for incubators, research labs, manufacturing facilities as well as educational facilities

A Glance at the Infrastructure of DuBiotech

The DuBiotech complex occupies an area of approximately 30 million sq. ft. in a strategic region of the city near the Al Maktoum International Airport. The master plan of this park, produced by Parsons and CHU2A, divides it into two zones that focus on different areas, including R&D, manufacturing, and commercial/office use. DuBiotech comprises:

1. The BIO Headquarters Tower

This 22-storey building, spanning 60,000 sq. ft., is one of the world’s largest LEED-certified buildings and has won the Design and Sustainability Honour award. The architecture of the building is meant to reflect a DNA movement in a gel electrophoresis and is also designed to make maximum use of natural light and minimum solar gain without resorting to expensive AC cooling systems. The building also has a 500,000 sq. ft. animal reserve dedicated to indigenous conservation and wildlife protection.

2. The Nucleotide Complex

Spanning an area of about 256,000 sq. ft., the Nucleotide Complex comprises state-of-the-art laboratory buildings which were custom build for industrial and scientific R&D, analytical testing, diagnostics, equipment training activities and after-sales services. The LEED-certified core and shell lab space can accommodate up to 160 laboratory units. These lab units are customized with a biological safety cabinet and exhaust systems for air filtration. It is equipped with sterilized high-grade stainless steel mechanical equipment along with pH neutralization systems and acid resistant drainage along with a backup power system. It also has the most modern of amenities which includes a pre-clinical vivarium and an animal testing laboratory.

Benefits of Company Setup in Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park

  • Provision of 100% foreign ownership
  • 100% tax exemption
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • Long-term land lease
  • Easy integration with minimal formalities
  • Modern IT and telecommunication infrastructure
  • Fast-track visa services
  • Single-window administration for government services

Business Entities in DuBiotech

  1. Free Zone Limited Liability Company
  2. Branch of A Foreign Company
  3. Branch of A UAE Company

Types of Companies in DuBiotech

  • Life Science Services
  • Specialty Supplies
  • Therapeutics
  • Food
  • Agricultural, Horticulture, Forestry
  • Environment
  • Life Science Association
  • Diagnostics and Analysis
  • Medical/Scientific Equipment

Types of Business Licenses in DuBiotech

  1. Marketing license
  2. Industrial Activity license
  3. Warehousing license
  4. Import and Re-export license
  5. Consultancy license
  6. Service Activities license
  7. Community Organizations license

Procedure of Company Setup in DuBiotech

  1. Apply for approval of registration
  2. Submit the required legal documents
  3. Collect your business license
  4. Arrange for lease agreement
  5. Settle the requisite payments

Documents Required for Registration

For a Free Zone Limited Liability Company

  • Personal details of shareholder
  • Passport copies of the shareholder, director, manager
  • Board resolution
  • Original bank reference
  • Specimen signature of the manager
  • Original free zone company application

For Branch of a Foreign/UAE Company

  • Registration certificate
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association (MAA)
  • Board resolution
  • Passport copy of the manager
  • Specimen signature of the manager
  • Parent company’s profile

Regulatory Environment of DuBiotech

The legal framework in the Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park is in accordance with the UAE legislation and is also in accordance with all international standards established by organizations like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the ICH which govern all sectors of the life sciences industry including Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic and Medical devices.

Dubai Biotech accommodates the entire life sciences value chain by providing key facilities, investing in infrastructure and foresting industrial, academic, commercial and residential projects. Furthermore, DuBiotech has been created by a mix of incentives which provide a unique business environment for companies to start in the park. So, if you are looking forward to setting up your pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices or agriculture business, there’s no better place than Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park to establish a company. And if you have already decided to give this free zone a shot, then look no further –our advisors at Business Setup Worldwide are here to help you with the drill. We commit to take care of all the hurdles lying in your way while you set up your business, and shall be more than happy to assist you and be a part of your success journey. For any queries on setting up a company in Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park, do contact us – we’d be happy to help.