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Dubai South Free Zone (DSFZ)

About Dubai South Free Zone (DSFZ)

Dubai South Free Zone has an excellent location for global logistics, adjacent to the Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC). It has direct access to Jebel Ali Port and JAFZA via a specially bonded corridor and is connected via a modern highways system to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other Emirates.

Several leading logistics companies such as Aramex, Panalpina, RSA and Hellmann-Calipar operate within this free zone. The free zone offers fully furnished offices in varying sizes that are built to suit modern business requirements, from SMEs to start-ups. It also offers fully equipped meeting rooms with the latest technologies, ideal for conferencing and meetings. With the proximity to the airport, it’s quickly becoming the preferred destination for business executives to hold meetings.

Dubai South has been designed with the capacity to accommodate in excess of one-million people who are expected to reside and work within its boundaries in the coming years. It is being positioned by Dubai’s leadership and accordingly prepared to be a venue that will facilitate business while being one of the best places to work and invest, with features that promise an unparalleled quality of life.

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The Basics

Dubai South is redefining the standards of seamless connectivity via its 12km logistics corridor with JAFZA, offering sea to air cargo transfer in a mere four hours. The Dubai South Logistics District has witnessed a phenomenal exponential growth in trade value since its inception in 2009. If your business depends on swift logistics handling by some of the most prominent players in the sector, then look no further then this free zone to start your business.

A major factor for SMEs in selecting Dubai South Free Zone is that it grants three visas without the need for an expensive physical office space. With a flexi-desk package, you can obtain an affordable license without having to pay a premium price for a Dubai based free zone.

Another welcome factor is that no share capital deposit letter is required to get a license. Unlike other Dubai based free zones, there is no requirement to submit a business plan and auditing is only required after the second year of company renewal.


A business in Dubai South Free Zone can operate under these types of licenses:

Commercial License

Encompassing trading activities;

Professional License

Encompassing professional services;

Documents Required to Incorporate a Company in Dubai South Free Zone

Here is a current list of documents required:

  • Application form;
  • Specimen signature of all parties involved in the business;
  • Passport copy of all shareholders and company officers;
  • Visa copy of all shareholders and company officers (if applicable);
  • External approvals (if applicable);
  • If an industrial license, technical and environmental assessments might be required;
  • If a foreign shareholder has an existing UAE residence visa, a NOC from the sponsor is needed;
  • If a company, instead of an individual holds the shares, the company documents need to be notarised and attested.

Timeframe for Dubai South Free Zone License

Dubai South Free Zone takes approximately ten working days for most types of licenses. Licenses that require additional approval, such as the aviation, customs, manufacturing, etc. require external approvals that can add time to the license issuance. The free zone contains freehold property and land which can be acquired by license holders, this can add time to the license issuance as it will not be considered complete until the deal is finalized.