Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
Issues licenses for wholesale businesses in banking & brokerage, capital markets, asset management, reinsurance, Islamic finance and ancillary financial services. Located between Trade Centre Roundabout and 1st Interchange (Sheikh Zayed Road).
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre
Offers free zone licenses for businesses operating in the gold & precious metals, diamonds & coloured stones, energy and other commodities industries. Sales, leasing and customer service office open Sunday to Thursday 08:00-17:00.
Commercial free zone for setting up businesses in the UAE without renting office or desk space. Licenses for entertainment, sports and event management; IT, online, media & marketing services; consultancy; and recruitment. Located at The Walk in JBR.
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSO)
Offers service, industrial and trade licenses to businesses dealing in information technology, telecommunication, computer hardware and software, electrical equipment and microelectronics. Located along Emirates Road by Dubai International Academic City
Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech)
Grants licenses to agricultural, forestry, horticulture and life sciences companies working in therapeutic research and treatment, biological and chemical analysis and research equipment. Located between Al Khail and Emirates Road highways.
Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA)
Grants licenses for import, export and distribution of finished goods (trade industry); raw material import and product manufacture (industrial industry); and services industry. Located between Jebel Ali Port and Al Maktoum International Airport.
International Humanitarian City
Regional hub for local and international humanitarian and aid organisations. Grants licenses to new and subsidiaries of commercial companies and international branches of non-profit organisations. Located off Al Khail Road next to Business Bay.
Dubai Internet City (DIC)
Hub for information and communications technology companies (ICT) in Dubai. Software development, sales and marketing branches, business services, ecommerce, and consultancies. Located off of Sheikh Zayed Road (opposite Emirates Golf Club).
Dubai Outsource Zone (DOZ)
Offers licensing to businesses operating third party services in finance, accounting and payroll processing; information technology; engineering and design; and research and development. Located near Dubai Media City and Knowledge Village.
Dubai Studio City
Offers licenses for broadcast media platforms and management, media production, music and entertainment, production services and entertainers. Also assigns approvals/permits for location filming through the Location Approval Services (LAS) department.