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Experience Global Business Opportunities with the DIFC Free Zone

Explore the DIFC Free Zone (Dubai International Financial Centre), one of the world's most dynamic financial spaces. Gain many prospects for growth and innovation. Tap on a great ecosystem that ensures your business's success. See a smooth blend of global accessibility, business-friendly rules, and modern infrastructure.

Start Your FinTech Firm in DIFC Free Zone

Envisioning the future of finance, the DIFC Free Zone is a hub for FinTech and investing. It has business-friendly regulations, startup accelerators, and growth-stage funding. It supports businesses in banking, professional services, insurance, wealth, management, and global firms.

Starting a business in DIFC Free Zone can cost differently based on whether it’s finance-based or not. The cost covers registration, setup, and the DIFC trade license cost. It can be from AED 3,800 to AED 90,000 or more, as per your business type.

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Take Your Business to the Next Stage With the DIFC Free Zone

Companies can choose to offer financial services or create other types of businesses. In the DIFC free zone, firms are divided into categories. What their business does decides their category. This further decides the kind of license they need.

Category 1

In DIFC, category 1 activities include banking services. They involve taking deposits from customers and managing an unrestricted profit-sharing account. Learn More

Category 3C

This category includes asset and fund management. It involves collective investment fund management, custody services, managing private investment accounts, issuing stored value, and providing trust services. Learn More

Category 2

Category 2 activities include being a market maker and providing credit. It involves engaging in investments as the principal entity and offering credit services. Learn More

Category 3D

Category 3D is for money service businesses. They involve providing money services. But it doesn't include issuing stored value (money services). Learn More

Category 3A

Category 3A involves brokerage services. They include dealing in investments as a matched principal and acting as an agent in investment transactions on behalf of clients. Learn More

Category 4

Category 4 is for advising and arranging activities (non-discretionary). They include arranging investment deals, advising on financial products, insurance management, fund administration, trust services, and operating a crowdfunding platform. Learn More

Category 3B

This category involves custodial services and managing employee money purchase schemes. They include fund custody, trustee roles, operating such schemes, and administering employee money purchase plans. Learn More

Category 5

Category 5 includes Islamic businesses. This involves the operation of businesses adhering to Islamic principles and practices following Sharia. Learn More

Legal Structures in DIFC Free Zone

Three independent bodies make the rules for the DIFC Free Zone: Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Financial Services Authority, and Dubai International Financial Centre courts. DIFC lets you start a business using Companies Law, Limited Liability Partnership Law, General Partnership Law, Limited Partnership Law, Non-Profit Incorporated Organisations Law, and Foundations Law.


You can set up your business limited by shares as a Public Company (PLC), a Private Company (LTD), or a branch office of an established foreign company (Recognised Company) within DIFC. You can also move your existing firm's incorporation to DIFC from another jurisdiction.


You can set up partnership structures such as a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), General Partnership (GP), or Limited Partnership (LP), or a branch of a foreign Limited Liability Partnership (RLLP), foreign general partnership (RP), or pre-existing limited partnership (RLP). You can also move an existing limited partnership to DIFC (Continued LP).

Non-Profit Incorporated Organizations (NPIO)

NPIO is a legal entity with no shares or members needed. You can register your firm as NPIO or move your current non-profit firm to DIFC (Continued NPIO) from another jurisdiction.


You can register a new foundation or add a branch for one already existing (recognized). You can also move an existing foundation to DIFC (Continued Foundation) from another jurisdiction.

Documents Required

Find below the list of documents required for DIFC Business Setup.

Individual Shareholder Documents Requirements for DIFC Free Zone Company Formation
Passport Copy (Valid for at least 6 months)
Visa Page Copy (if applicable)
Emirate ID (if applicable)
Passport-sized Photos
Personal Information Sheet or Application Form
3 Name Choices
Corporate Shareholders Documents Requirements for DIFC Company Setup
Company Trade License / Certificate of Incorporation
Memorandum of Association
Board of Resolution for Company Setup and Appointment of Authorized Signatory
UBO List
Incumbency Certificate
3 Name Choices
Passport copy of Company Manager
Visa copy of Company Manager
Emirate ID of Company Manager

Note* The list of document requirements is subject to change as per the desired license activity and DIFC Freezone authority.


An estimated timeline for company setup in DIFC  is mentioned below for your reference.

Submit Your Application & Issuance Of Trade License And Company Formation Documents
Day 1
Immigration Card & E-channel Application Issued
Day 5
Entry Permit, Change Status, Medical, Emirates ID Issued
Day 8
Investor Visa Issued
Day 10

Major Perks of DIFC Free Zone Dubai Company Formation

DIFC Free Zone has a unique law and order system for firms. It lets you start, grow, and scale your firm with its dynamic ecosystem. You can connect to a diversified community of banks, financial institutions, and service providers.

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Legal and Regulatory Framework

The DIFC has flexible rules that help global business. People from other countries can work here easily. It helps firms work worldwide and hire people from different places. It also makes the economy better.

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Hub and Spoke Model

DIFC provides a centralized platform that helps businesses work better in the region and worldwide. It helps firms grow globally. DIFC's infrastructure and amenities are great for firms that want to expand worldwide.

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Diverse Ecosystem

DIFC is a great hub for business in the region. It has many global firms, investment funds, banks, and financial groups. This makes it easy for investments to move between countries. It's a top spot for global business and financial services.

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Geographic Epicenter

DIFC has a prime location. It's in the epicenter of the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA). It helps these regions grow economically. It's also a big financial hub worldwide. It helps in global investments and pushes new ideas. This helps MEASA countries keep growing.

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Taxation and Capital Benefits

In DIFC, you can own 100% of your company. You can also repatriate all your profits and capital. Pay zero taxes! Plus, you get access to the UAE's many tax agreements. This makes it a top choice for global firms seeking a tax-friendly place to do business.

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Quick Business Establishment Process

Dubai International Financial Centre makes starting a business easy. You won't deal with too much paperwork. DIFC also offers legal and financial help, perfect for hassle-free company setup.

Steps for DIFC Free Zone Dubai Company Formation

Choose a License Type
Choose the type of business license available with DIFC Free Zone.
Lease an Office Space
Find a suitable office in DIFC that suits your business. Consider its location, size, and facilities. Then, sign a lease contract for it.
Submit Legal Documentation
Prepare all the needed legal documents for your business structure. This includes articles of association, memorandum of association, and shareholder agreements if needed. Make sure everything follows DIFC rules.
Pay Registration and License Fees
Once your papers are approved, pay fees for registration and your license. These fees cover the cost of processing your application and giving you the right licenses.
Start Business Operation
When you have your trade license and your office is set up, you can start your business in the DIFC Free Zone. You can also hire staff if needed.

Why Avyanco for Setting Business in DIFC Free Zone?

Located in Dubai, Avyanco provides comprehensive, efficient, and seamless support tailored to your needs to establish your business in the DIFC Free Zone. We assess your requirements to determine DIFC’s regulatory framework and strategic positioning suited for your business.

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  • Strategic Insights

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  • Proven Success

    Avyanco has a track record of successful DIFC Free Zone setups. Join the thriving businesses that have flourished under our guidance.

  • Customer-centric Approach

    We go above and beyond for our customers. We want to give you the best service possible at every step. Your success is what motivates us.

  • Financial Know-how

    Our experienced finance team is here to help you. We excel at streamlining their economic perspectives, simplifying complex processes, and ensuring efficient financial management. Your financial well-being is our top priority.

Meet Our Specialists

Avyanco’s experienced team helps entrepreneurs start new businesses or grow existing ones. We have a wealth of local business knowledge and a global perspective for the DIFC Free Zone. We can guide your business to success.

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surabhi mathur
surabhi mathur
21 November 2023
The visa process for my company set up was extremely smooth.Ankit from Avyanco was the point of contact and he gave us all the information as and when we required . He was available all the time over the phone and the whole process was absolutely seamless
Saad Raza
Saad Raza
20 November 2023
Appreciation for Outstanding Service Dear, Avyanco I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for the exceptional service provided by your team. The professionalism, attention to detail, and promptness exhibited by Mr. Ankit have truly exceeded my expectations. From the initial inquiry to the finalization of the License, the entire process was seamless and stress-free.Mr. Ankit demonstrated a deep understanding of my needs and went above and beyond to ensure a smooth experience. I want to commend Avyanco for fostering a culture of excellence. The commitment to customer satisfaction is evident in every interaction. I will undoubtedly recommend your services to friends and family and look forward to engaging with your agency for any future needs. Thank you once again for setting a benchmark in customer service. Sincerely, Saad Raza
14 November 2023
Excellent service
tushar sajnani
tushar sajnani
9 November 2023
Special thanks to Gritsa, for her kind assistance and continuous follow up till all required was completed accordingly. Regards, Tushar Sajnani
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lucas pagno (guga)
6 November 2023
Harmisha was so attentive and answered all my questions. The services were quickly and fairly priced. Thank you so much Harmisha, If I need it in the future I'm already close with Avyanco.
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vinay kumar Tiwari
3 November 2023
I had wonderful experience with Avyanco for all my Business Setup Needs . Astha was highly professional in handling my process and make it smooth . I highly recommend Avyanco for all the Business Setup needs in UAE

Popular Questions

DIFC Free Zone Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum share capital requirement at DIFC Free Zone?

A company set up in the DIFC Free Zone must possess a minimum share capital of 1 share of AED 1,000/each. But branch firms have more flexibility in this regard. They don’t need a minimum share capital upfront. This makes it easier for foreign businesses to set up in DIFC.

How long does starting a company in the DIFC Free Zone take?

Usually, it takes 1-2 weeks to set up a company in the DIFC Free Zone. This depends on meeting requirements and getting approvals. Being careful with these factors can make things faster and smoother when starting your business there.

What amenities can you find at DIFC Free Zone?

The DIFC Free Zone has many amenities for businesses. It has government centers, corporate event venues, food courts, banks, and other business support service providers. They all operate under a single space.

Can I hire employees from outside the UAE for my DIFC business?

Yes, DIFC is a global business hub and friendly to international talent. It has flexible labor laws. This makes it easy for businesses to hire people from other countries.

What is the DIFC Metaverse Accelerator Programme?

The ‘DIFC Metaverse Accelerator Program’ is part of Dubai’s plan to grow its economy and create jobs. By 2030, they want to make $4 billion, create 40,000 virtual jobs, and get 1,000 blockchain and metaverse tech companies to come to DIFC. The first ‘DIFC Metaverse Accelerator Program’ got more than 160 applications from the UAE, UK, US, India, and France. They were mainly from the Metaverse, AI, Web3, AR/VR, and Blockchain fields.

What is the DIFC International Digital Economy Court?

The DIFC International Digital Economy Court is the world’s first global court just for the digital economy. The court aims to make a legal environment that helps digital businesses grow and stay.

Is DIFC only for financial companies?

No, non-financial firms from various sectors can also work in the DIFC Free Zone.