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Dubai Design District (D3) stands as a dynamic free zone at the intersection of creativity and innovation, fostering a vibrant ecosystem for design-related industries. Established in 2013, D3 is strategically located in the heart of Dubai, drawing global attention as a dedicated hub for professionals and businesses in fashion, art, architecture, and luxury. This master-planned development offers state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible business setups, and a collaborative community, making it a global destination for design and creativity.

With sustainable practices, cultural integration, and a commitment to education, D3 continues to shape the future of the design landscape, hosting international events and providing businesses with the benefits of a free zone, including 100% foreign ownership and a conducive environment for innovation and growth. 

Unique Features of D3

  • The district is a master-planned development, carefully designed to cater specifically to the needs of the design community, fostering collaboration and innovation.
  • D3 aims to position itself as a global destination for design and creativity, attracting talent and businesses from around the world.
  • The district features unique and inspiring spaces, such as the D3 Waterfront, that serve as venues for events, exhibitions, and cultural activities.
  • D3 includes innovation labs and collaborative spaces that encourage experimentation and the development of new ideas within the design and creative fields.
  • The district offers a mix of retail outlets, cafes, and dining experiences, creating a vibrant atmosphere for both businesses and visitors.
  • D3 is home to brands such as Dior, Burberry, Zaha Hadid Architects and Foster + Partners

Types of licenses available in D3

  • Commercial License
  • Service License
  • Industrial/Manufacture License
  • Freelancer permit

Benefits of setting up a business in D3

  • 0% corporate tax on Qualifying Income
  • 100% foreign ownership
  • No currency restrictions
  • Strategic location
  • Creative community
  • World-class infrastructure and facilities
  • Access to a network of business support services
  • Combined area of over 64,000 square feet
  • Ideal for start-ups
  • Special licensing for design and fashion with freelance permits for artists and designers

The process of setting up a company in D3 mainly includes:

  • Choose a company name and structure
  • Obtain initial approval from the authority
  • Obtain commercial registration (CR)
  • Obtain additional licenses (if applicable)
  • Open a corporate bank account
  • Comply with tax regulations

The required documents for company formation in D3 may vary on the leal and corporate structure of the company. The general requirements include:

  • Company registration
  • Completed CR application form
  • Profile details of shareholder(s)
  • Passport copies of shareholder, director, and manager
  • Board resolution
  • Detailed business plan
  • Proof of share capital requirement
  • Memorandum of Association (MoA) and Articles of Association (AoA)

The permitted legal entities in D3 are:

  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC)
  • Branch of a foreign company
  • Branch of a UAE company
  • Freelance Permit

The costs of setting up a company in D3 will vary depending on the type of license you require and the complexity of your business operations. Contact Gatestone Group for more information via [email protected] or call +971 4 451 1023.

No, you do not need a local partner to set up a company in D3. Foreign investors are allowed to own 100% of their businesses in the free zone. For seamless company formation and expert guidance in D3, reach out to Gatestone Group today via [email protected] or call +971 4 451 1023.

The process of setting up a company in D3 can take an average of 2-4 weeks. Empower your business success in D3 with Gatestone Group’s expertise and unwavering support via [email protected] or call +971 4 451 1023.


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