Dubai Design District (D3)

Dubai Design District also known as (D3) is in the center of Dubai. D3 is one of the newer Dubai free zone options available to investors and companies. Dubai Design District is regulated by Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority. Launched in 2013, the ethos and vision behind D3 were to craft and build a hub that would emerge local talent and provide a platform for creative thinkers. D3 has been developed through careful consultation with the design community to provide a creative ecosystem that surpasses the expectations of a typical creative neighborhood. D3 forges the inspiring, authentic, and relevant ideas shaping Dubai’s future as a leading destination of design, art, and culture. D3 is now recognized as a global design and fashion hub with great potential for the luxury fashion and interior design industry. D3 is home to many companies from startups to multinationals, small local boutique design studios to major fashion houses. The Design District is near to Downtown Dubai and close to Dubai Mall, the largest shopping mall in Dubai. This free zone promotes up and coming brands in fashion, retail and luxury (all of which is in great demand in Dubai and the UAE).

Core Sectors: Deals with companies related to digital media, arts, design, and fashion.

Recommended for: Fashion and design-related activities, companies large and small, from local boutique design studios to prestigious global fashion houses.

D3 Advantages

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • Special licensing for design and fashion with freelance permits for artists and designers
  • Ideal free zone for startup design freelancers
  • Zero percent personal income tax
  • Zero percent tax rate on income and profits for a period of 50 years from inception
  • No currency restrictions
  • Strategic location, close to Business Bay, Downtown Dubai, Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa
  • No limit on capital repatriation
  • Special freelance permit for designers and artists

Types of Licenses

  • Professional (Service)
  • Industrial
  • Commercial and General Trading
  • Freelance Permit


  • Warehouses
  • Serviced offices, virtual and flexi desks
  • Retail outlets

Legal Entity Types

    Dubai Design District is typically preferred by foreign investors that wish to have 100% ownership. The business licenses available include:

  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ LLC)
  • Branch of an existing UAE or foreign company
  • Freelance permit

Documents Required

  • Company registration and licensing application form
  • Profile details of shareholder(s)
  • Passport copies and specimen signature of each director and general manager
  • Board resolution for creating a free zone entity
  • Detailed business plan
  • Proof of share capital requirement
  • All other free documentation to be completed at the time of business setup

D3 Company Setup

We will guide you through every step to get your D3 business setup and your company bank account opened as soon as possible.

  • Step 1. Expert consultation
  • Step 2. Select company type
  • Step 3. Prepare company registration
  • Step 4. Select and lease business location
  • Step 5. Receive business license
  • Step 6. Complete corporate bank account opening
  • Step 7. Finalize UAE residency visa


Unparalleled Access To World-Class Business Services

  • D3
  • Dubai Design District
  • Special licensing for design and fashion with freelance permits for artists and designers
  • Starting from AED 50,000 up to AED 100,000
  • 2-4 weeks
  • Tax and duty exemption
  • Not required however, recommended as best practice to maintain proper books of accounts