DWTC Free Zone

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) was considered a free zone in 2015. It is different from any other free zone because it has a mainland license. Businesses can trade in the free zone and on the mainland. DWTC company set up is beneficial for SMEs, startups, and large corporations. More than 2000 companies are operated in more than 40 industries in DWTC. It has the largest venue in the region, holding thousands of business events.

Characteristics of DWTC

Characteristic Type Characteristic Trait
Company Type Free Zone Company (FZCO)
Governing Body Dubai World Trade Center Authority
Minimum Number of Shareholders 1
Minimum Number of Managers 1
Accounting and Book Keeping Requirements No
Renewal Date Annual Date of Incorporation
Corporate Taxation 0%
Visa Type Employment Visa Only
Ownership 100 Percent Foreign Ownership
Type of Activities Commercial/Service/Industrial/Educational
VAT Percentage 0%
Duty for Import and Export 0%
Duration For Company Formation 4-7 Days
Paid Up Capital No Paid Up Capital
Local Partner Required No

Documents Required

  • Color Passport Copy
  • Visa status copy / Entry stamp copy
  • Passport Size Photo
  • Other documents depending on the business activity

Banking Partners

Advantages of The Free Zone

Repatriation of Capital

Complete Business Ownership

Prudent Location

Profitable Business Opportunities

Permits from Business Operations


DWTC is the region's largest venue, holding many of the world's most prestigious events and providing a one-stop-shop for all services, making it more attractive for business setup in DWTC.

Here have a look at the statistical information on DWTC:

Founded in the Year 1979
Population 54,000
Governing Authority Dubai World Trade Centre
Net Economic Value AED 13.1 billion
GDP Contribution to the UAE 3.3%
No. of Visitors 3.03 million
Exhibitions Held 32,000
Job Growth 1.3 million
Engaged Countries 180
No. of Companies 1400
No. of Industries 40
Future Projects ‘The Big 5’

Company Formation in Free zones Ideal for

General Trading Activities


Events Management

Financial Activities

Registration Process

Complete the Application Form

Complete the Application Form

Submit Your Documents to the Authority

Submit Your Documents to the Authority

Obtain Your License

Obtain Your License

Obtain Your Residency Visa

Obtain Your Residency Visa

Open Your Bank Account

Open Your Bank Account

Terms and Conditions

*Duration is subject to the constraints of the due diligence procedure.

**This would refer to the corporate tax of the company, wherein the operation of the company would take place outside the country of incorporation.

***The required documents must be provided for every individual related to the company.

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What are business entities allowed in DWTC?

  • Free Zone Establishments (FZE)
  • Free Zone Company (FZC)
  • Branch Office 

How much does it cost for a DWTC company setup?

AED 30,000

Which licenses can a single shareholder hold in DWTC?

  • General Trading License
  • Service License
  • Professional License

Does one have to be physically present during the company formation in DWTC?

No, it is not required.

How long does it take to form a company in DWTC?

7 working days.