Dubai Design District Free Zone (D3)

As part of the DCCA, Dubai Design District Free Zone is a pioneer in the Middle East, providing a range of media and design workshops, trade shows, brand launches, fashion events, art shows, and media conferences among others. It was founded in 2013 to encourage growth and investment in markets like digital media, arts, design, and fashion. D3 is predominantly a different type of ecosystem which nourishes fast rising brands in fashion, retail, luxury, and hospitality. Usually called the heartbeat of the design scene in Middle East, the D3 offices cater to design, fashion and luxury industries around the world, a feature which has made it a map of innovation.

Benefits of setting up a business in D3:

  • Strategically located alongside Business Bay, Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa
  • No currency restrictions
  • 0% personal income tax
  • No limit on capital repatriation
  • 0% corporate tax for the first 50 years
  • No restrictions on hiring foreign talent
  • Community living seamlessly integrated
  • Get incepted in the world’s first design ecosystem
  • Special licensing for design and fashion with freelance permits for artists and designers

List of Activities

Permitted activities in D3 include but not limited to:

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Design Consultancy
  • Manufacturing
  • Tailoring
  • Assembling
  • Concept Design
  • Architectural Design
  • Industrial Design
  • E-Commerce
  • Modeling Agency
  • Photography
  • Studio Space
  • Image Consultancy
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Fashion Design Consultancy
  • Advertising
  • Beauty Advisors
  • Nutrition and Fitness Advisors
  • Art Gallery
  • Direct Marketing
  • Performing Arts Management
  • Fashion/Fair Exhibition
  • Stage Fashion Show
  • Public Relations Agency
  • Sales Promotion
  • Branding and Corporate Identity
  • Graphic Design

Types of Licenses

  1. Commercial License: Owners of this license can either register as a free zone LLC or a branch company
  2. Service License: A license holder can offer permitted services in the area of his or her licensed activity
  3. Freelance License: As a freelance permit holder, individuals can work as a sole proprietor for the specified activity.

D3’s Fee Structure

Trade License Fee (Commercial & Service/General) FEE 
 Trade License  15,000  AED
 Legal Maxims Service Charge  3,000 AED

Legal Maxims Consultants has a team of experts committed to providing out of the box consultancy, support and management services to investors interested in a new company formation in D3 or any of the Free Zones in the UAE.

Our service charge is arguably the cheapest in the whole of UAE. Contact Us for a free consultation and a free quote today.

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