The Dubai International Financial Centre ("DIFC") was established in 2004 in accordance with Federal Decree No. 35 of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as part of Dubai's strategic goal to diversify its economic resources and attract cash and investments to the region. As an independent jurisdiction inside the UAE, DIFC is permitted to construct its own legal and regulatory framework for all civil and commercial matters, as outlined by Federal Law No. 8 of 2004.
DIFC is an onshore financial centre ideally placed between East and West, providing a safe and efficient platform for enterprises and financial institutions to enter and exit the region's rising markets.
DIFC's independent regulation, common law framework, enabling infrastructure, and tax-friendly regime provide the ideal platform for capitalizing on the region's constantly rising need for financial and commercial services. DIFC bridges the time zone difference between the key financial cities of London and New York in the West and Hong Kong and Tokyo in the East for a global financial centre. DIFC is playing a critical role in fulfilling the region's rising financial demands, guided by its key values of integrity, transparency, and efficiency.
DIFC serves as a single point of contact for end-to-end customer servicing thanks to its integrated platform, which includes a separate regulatory and legal system as well as specialized infrastructure. Setting up and operating within our Center is simple and efficient thanks to our streamlined process. DIFC is equipped to provide a wide range of services, including registration, incorporation, licensing, leasing and employee sponsorship processes, commercial property ownership, query handling, issue resolutions, expansion assistance, and client induction, thanks to its centralized client-servicing model.
DIFC is home to a diversified clientele of financial and non-financial enterprises as well as shops from all over the world. Banking, professional services, global enterprises, insurance, wealth management, and access to capital markets are all areas of activity within the Centre.
Dubai International Financial Centre allows following types of companies or business entities within its premises:
- A company limited by shares
- Limited liability company
- Branch Office
The registration only takes 1-2 working days.