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Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

P.O. Box 6009, Dubai, UAE

+971 4 501 50 00

Dubai Silicon Oasis Overview

Welcome to Dubai Silicon Oasis, a revolutionary technology park. Established in 2004, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai and is considered the only technology park in the region that provides both a living and working integrated community. Silicon Oasis is a free zone authority and provides a full package of incentives and benefits to companies operating within the free zone.
Designed as a hi-tech ecosystem, DSO offers businesses a plethora of advantages including a state-of-the-art infrastructure, in-house business services and strong business support such as technology investment incentives for large enterprises, entrepreneurial support, an incubation centre and venture capital funding
Based in Dubai, UAE, one of the fastest growing places on earth, our vision is to make DSOA one of the leading business parks in the world.

Free Zone Benefits
Become a member of our hi-tech community and have everything your business needs right at your doorstep including:
  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 100% repatriation of capital
  • Zero income tax
  • Zero corporate tax
  • No import or export tax
  • Low cost of operations
  • State of the art IT infrastructure and facilities with tier 3 data centre
  • Fast-track business set-up & licensing
  • Dedicated business support services including integrated online E-Business system offering tenants fast and efficient services at the touch of a button
  • Access to regional pool of talented technical and engineering professionals
  • Stable and clear regulation
  • Access to consumer markets of 5 billion people (Middle East, North Africa and Indian subcontinent).

Who Can Be at Dubai Silicon Oasis
As the region’s technology park, DSO caters to the technology sector and supporting companies and services. DSO caters to a wide range of businesses including those in the following sectors:

DSO focus industry
The hi-tech sector

Other sectors
IT, telecom, electrical, electronic, engineering and related activities
Consultants, law firms, finance institutions, any many more.
Bio-tech, automobile, aerospace, oil and gas, alternative energy and many others

Types of activities at DSO
All major business activities & operations can be accommodated within DSO including:
- Company headquarter offices, sales & marketing, support offices training centres, etc.
- Import/export, distribution, testing and checking etc...
- Assembly & packing
- Manufacturing & Storage

Commercial Facilities at DSO
DSO offers an array of high-quality facilities to businesses operating within the technology park with state-of-the-art infrastructure, systems and equipment. Furthermore, DSO offers an eco-friendly and clean location with buildings being constructed to global energy saving standards and daily maintenance carried out to ensure a pristine business environment. DSO facilities include:
- Offices
- Multiple-Use Warehousing and Manufacturing
- Land for development
- Conference facilities
- Amenities

Company Types
In order to register your business with DSOA you must choose one of the following three company types.

Any established company, whether in the UAE or abroad, can register its branch in the Dubai Silicon Oasis. The activity of the branch proposes to conduct in the Dubai Silicon Oasis is required to be identical to the activity conducted by the parent company. There is no minimum required capital to establish a branch.

Zone Establishment (FZE)
An FZE is a legal entity incorporated/registered by a single shareholder. The shareholder can either be an individual or a non-individual/corporate. The minimum required capital to establish an FZE is AED 100,000 represented by one share with any additional capital required to be in multiples of AED 10,000. An FZE enjoys limited liability status.

Free Zone Company (FZCO)
An FZCO is a legal entity incorporated/registered with a minimum of two shareholders. Shareholders can be either individuals or non-individual(s)/corporate. The minimum required capital is AED 100,000 with each share required to be of the value of AED 10,000 or a multiple figure. An FZCO enjoys limited liability status.

DED registered companies
Companies already established with the Dubai Economic Department (DED) and who wish to operate in the The Administrative Zone in DSO (i.e. in non-DSOA property) should apply for a Business Operation Permit.

Start Up Businesses & Entrepreneurs
For more information on Company Types and set up for start up businesses & entrepreneurs please see our start up & entrepreneurial support section.

Business Licence Types
Companies looking to set up within in DSO can choose from three types of licences, which can be selected according to the company’s operational requirements. Please note: that branch entities are only entitled to conduct activity within the parent company’s activities.
Operating Licences
Service Licence: This allows the registered entity to carry out only specified services.
Trade Licence: This allows the registered entity to practice activities which are related to import, export, and distribution of items and goods as specified in the licence.
Industrial Licence: This allows the registered entity to import raw material, manufacture, and process, assemble, package and export the finished product.

Special Licences
Business Operation Permit:This is a special permit for companies operating in the The Administrative Zone of DSOA (areas owned by private developers) using a licence issued by Dubai Economic Department (DED). This licence is issued based on the licence issued by Dubai Economic Department. No share capital is required for this type of licence.
Entrepreneurial Business Licence: An EBL licence is designed to accelerate the successful development of young entrepreneurs and their businesses through an array of support resources and services. This licence is only available for members of DSO’s incubator program and involves a low cost licence in return for a small stake in the business.

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