DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre)

DIFC was established in 2004, is one of Dubai’s independent free zones which means it offers companies 100 percent ownership of their businesses without the need of a local partner. It has its own independent regulatory and judicial system which has a lot to offer to business community.

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Brief Overview about Free zone

DIFC free zone was established to manage different aspects of Dubai financial companies. Some of the key areas include strategic development, operational management and administration. It is designed to create value for its relevant stakeholders that are associated with this free zone. The free zone also supports client growth through authority business process streamlining and service improvement so that things can be improved going forward.

Benefits of Free Zone

Here are some of the advantages of joining the free zone community:

  • Providing a world class platform for associated clients

           DIFC is the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia that provides a world class platform to the people associated with this free zone. The clients stay                 connected and are well aware of the market dynamics since they are closely linked with financial markets.

  • One Stop Destination for your Business Needs

           As a DMCC member, you can easily access resources required to grow your business for the betterment of the company you are associated with.

  • Work and Contribute in one Vibrant Business Community

            DIFC provides inspiring architecture and a vibrant business community. It is also supported with high end features like retail outlets, hotels, art galleries etc.


DIFC provide services for both financial and non-financial firms.

  • Business Setup Services

            The business setup services allow the firms or organizations to completely being setup in free zone.

  • Business Management Services
  • Consulting Services
  • Government Services




Types of Licence

The one stop destination for trade provides businesses with two different options to choose from based on the requirements:

  • Setting Up Regulated Business

            Businesses interested in setting up operations in DIFC are required to submit an application to DIFC regulatory body known as DFSA that checks the suitability of the                             applicant and the type of license for which the application is made. Once the DFSA has informally review the application, the applicant can file the full application including the             regulatory business plan.DFSA does initial review of application documents and checks for the authorization matters before providing a go ahead.

  • Setting up Non Regulated Business

           The process for setting up non regulated business differs where the firms providing non-financial goods and services need to perform some essential roles. They offer                           financial firms with wide range of goods and services. The goods and services offered create an amazing environment that today’s financial professionals expect from leading             international financial centers.

Cost of Setting Up

The cost of setting up a regulated and non regulated business differs depending on the requirement of the business. The registration charges and other setting up charges are to be paid.


Additional Facility

The businesses looking to setup their regulated or non regulated setup can make an enquiry online. The following lists of options are available online:

  • Setting up and Registration
  • Leasing Enquiry
  • Media Enquiry
  • General Enquiry