DTEC or Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Center is located in Dubai Silicon Oasis and is a very unique startup hub in the whole UAE.
If you visit DTEC, you will be surprised how modern and ergonomic the whole premises look like: you will see comfortable co-working spaces, chill-out hubs, thinking and networking areas, cafes and even games areas within the same space. It looks like no other Free Zone in Dubai!
DTEC is a Free Zone dedicated only to IT related licenses. It has only 9 business activities, but you can include into your license up to 5 of them which is quite impressive.
Since DTEC promotes itself as an entrepreneur center and a co-working space, the flexi-facilities there are really being used unlike other Free Zones where they remain almost empty. No wonder - all member companies use free Wi-Fi within DTEC premises, have free hot drinks and water, showers and printing services. They can use meeting rooms, workshop and event facilities for more than reasonable charges. Moreover, DTEC is opened for 24 hours 7 days a week.
Company registration in DTEC takes about 3-4 weeks, which depend on the approvals done by UAE security authorities and DTEC itself. Registration can be started without the owner’s presence, but at the stage when the incorporation documents are drafted, the owner, manager, director and secretary will have to visit the Free Zone personally to make the signatures on company documents (one person can hold all those positions of course).
The costs of the company setup will be a pleasant surprise for you - DTEC can compete even with the most reasonable Free Zones outside of Dubai. You can find Estimated fees for various packages on our web-site or contact our consultants to know the details.
DTEC has no restrictions on nationalities - anyone can apply, but the approval is to be granted by UAE security authorities. However, it’s a good chance to give it a try! Over 50 nationalities are present at DTEC at the moment.
Company renewal happens on annual basis: you renew your license and flexi-desk or office facility. The fees will be the same every year. DTEC requires you to submit audit report upon company renewal, so you need to make sure that you have UAE auditors to do it.
Company Manager is required to have a visa sponsored by DTEC company or at least to have a UAE resident visa elsewhere.
Since DTEC is a startup focused zone, you will be able to stay there only for 3 years, after which you will have to relocate to Dubai Silicon Oasis or DSO. You also have an option to close your license of course.
We would say that DTEC is the best choice for creative IT professionals and startups and will definitely recommend you to consider it as an option of business registration.
TRADING AND SERVICE LICENCE COSTS IN DTEC FREE ZONE
UP TO 2 VISAS COMPANY
DOCUMENTS FOR DTEC FREE ZONE SETUP
Yes, you can have a company registered outside Dubai, but reside in Dubai or any other Emirate. You do not have to live in the same Emirate where your visa belongs to. You can also have a bank account in a Dubai branch of any UAE bank of your choice.
No, you have to visit UAE personally. It is a requirement of a UAE Central bank which all local banks have to follow. Personal visit is required to make sure that the client is known by the bank.
Normally you can get a debit card for your newly opened company if there is only one shareholder. You can also have a credit card, but it will be given against a fixed deposit. As for the loan, it is possible to get it, but you need to show company operations and profits to the bank. Upon checking your company's turnovers and profits, a bank may approve a loan. We recommend applying for it at least after one year of company's operations.
Officially an office of a free zone company has to be located only within the free zone where this company was registered. If you need an office in Dubai, you have an option to rent a space in a Business center and use it either a few times per month or daily, depending on the package that you choose. However, the free zone minimum required space (flexi desk) cannot be cancelled.
A flexi desk is an obligatory requirement for any company eligible for resident visas. UAE government obliges to have it because it's the minimum physical office space, that a company who has any individual under its visa must have. Apart from that, flexi desk is helpful for bank account opening. The compliance department of the banks needs to see that a company has some kind of office or at least a small physical seat, where it can be working from.
VAT obligations of the company depend not only on the place of its registration, but on the place where its business takes place. To start with, VAT comes into picture once your taxable turnover reaches 375 000 AED. Taxable turnover means the turnover which was done in the UAE. If your company is registered in a Free Zone, but the trading takes place abroad (for example you sell goods from India to Africa), that turnover is not considered taxable, because the transactions are taking place out of UAE. It means that you do not have to pay VAT. But if you have a free zone company and import goods to UAE, you have to add 5% VAT to your Invoices and pay VAT. If your company is registered in a designated free and sells the goods to another designated free zone or within the same zone, VAT does not appear.
UAE is free from income tax and corporate tax. It has only imported tax 5% for the goods that you bring into the country and VAT 5% for the trading or service transactions that happened in UAE.
Everything depends on your business model and requirements, but a free zone setup is the most suitable for the majority of the business needs. Free Zone company has 100% foreign ownership unlike mainland where you need a local partner or agent, it can be eligible for resident visas, allows doing business both in and out of UAE, more favorable by the banks in comparison to offshore companies, can have a flexi desk space instead of an executive office like in mainland companies. Free Zone is a good way to start a business for reasonable fees and without unwanted obligations.
We do our best when we setup your company in such a way that would make account opening easier for you. Knowing your background and your business model, we can give you our estimation about the chances of successful account opening. The approval of the account fully depends on the bank. Each case goes to a few departments of the bank where it has to be approved before the account gets opened. If the bank has any questions or needs clarifications, it will contact you directly with the inquiries. The more clear picture about your business you give to the bank, the higher your chances of account opening are. Being a consultancy company, we cannot guarantee opening of a bank account, because it depends on the factors which do not depend on us. However, we do our best to prepare you and your company for smooth and fast account opening.
Yes, the company should be renewed annually. The cost of the renewal is usually less than the setup cost. It depends on your company package. You can get the price by downloading the Estimate from this page. Renewal does not require personal presence of the owner and can be done by your agent. After company renewal, the new license has to be shown to the bank in order to extend the bank account. It is always included into our renewal service.
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