Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)

Dubai World Trade Centre Authority (DWTC) is a Dubai free zone with no capital requirements. It provides a unique and highly desirable proposition for companies looking for an effective, competitive and well-regulated business ecosystem. DWTC is strategically located in Dubai’s central business district and close to Dubai’s financial centre hub. It is an ideal business environment for companies looking to operate locally and reach regional and global markets. The office facilities available for lease to any business type offer a prestigious commercial address in the centre of Dubai. Under the jurisdiction of Dubai World Trade Centre Authority, the free zone is near the iconic Dubai World Trade Centre.

Core Sectors: Focusing on services, events and trading.

Recommended for: Investors and companies involved with events and professional services business activities. There is a new event management free zone license that enables event organizers to deliver streamlined event participation within the region’s largest events venue complex – Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

DWTC Advantages

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 100% repatriation of capital as well as profits
  • Zero income tax and corporate tax for 50 years
  • No export tax
  • Modern infrastructure
  • Well-regulated ecosystem
  • High quality flexible office space
  • Prestigious location in the heart of Dubai’s central business district
  • No limitations on currency and repatriation of funds
  • No restriction on hiring foreign employees
  • Ability to select multiple options for legal operating structures
  • Stable and clear authority rules and regulations
  • Proximity to world-class business events

Types of Licenses

  • Professional / Service
  • Commercial
  • Events Management
  • Business Operating Permits
  • General Trading


  • Offices shell and core
  • Fitted-out and custom build offices
  • Serviced offices, virtual offices and hot desks
  • Retail outlets

Legal Entity Types

    Dubai World Trade Centre authority permits suitable structure types available for individual investors and corporate shareholders. A DWTC entity can be registered as any of the following forms:

  • Free Zone Establishment (FZE) – this entity has one single shareholder (can be an individual or a corporate shareholder), holding 100% of the company shares
  • Free Zone Company (FZC) – this type of entity has a minimum of 2 or more shareholders (can be an individual or a corporate shareholder)
  • Branch of a Foreign Company – can register a branch in DWTC free zone without any capital investment. The branch must register with the same activities as the parent company

Documents Required

  • DWTC free zone application form
  • Detailed business plan
  • Passport copies of each director, shareholders, and general manager
  • Copies of Emirates ID of director, shareholders, and general manager (for UAE residents)
  • Profile of each shareholder (if a shareholder is an individual)
  • Board resolution for establishing a company in DWTCA free zone and appointing a manager (attested by the appropriate authority)
  • All other free documentation to be complete such as: onboarding and specimen forms etc.
  • Applies to a corporate shareholder – certified true copy for all parent company incorporation documentation e.g. certificate of registration (attested by the appropriate authority)
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association (MOA/AOA) of the parent company (attested by the appropriate authorities)
  • Good standing certificate (if applicable)
  • Copy of license of the parent company (if applicable)


Unparalleled Access To World-Class Business Services

  • DWTC
  • Dubai World Trade Centre
  • 100% Business Ownership & Capital Repatriation
  • No capital requirement
  • 2-4 weeks
  • Tax and duty exemption
  • Required annually