Dubai International Financial Centre

DIFC is an independentally regulated special economic zone located at the heart of Dubai. It offers all the operational benefits of a Free Zone with the common law jurisdiction of an independent arbitration authority. This autonomy allows the Free Zone to realize its values of integrity, transparency and efficiency, while offering financial institutions a robust, secure and friendly ecosystem for business development.

DIFC is home to a privately held financial exchange, retail shops and convenience stores along with business services outlets, medical clinics, more than 100 cafes and restaurants that offer a variety of cuisines and extraordinary event spaces and venues to suit any occasion. Two luxury business hotels – the Ritz Carlton DIFC and the Four Seasons DIFC – provide world-class hospitality services along the Dubai International Financial Center.


Dubai International Financial Center allows four types of company or business entities within its premises:

  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)

    A company that has the combined features of a sole proprietorship, a partnership and a corporation. This form is best for small business entities or individuals.

  • Limited Company (LTD)

    A company with more than one shareholders, with individual liability restricted to their shares in the company.

  • Recognized Company

    The license allows an existing foreign company to open a representative office or branch within the Free Zone.

  • Continued Company

    Where the incorporation of an existing company is transferred from another jurisdiction to the DIFC.


  • 100% foreign ownership allowed
  • 100% of repatriation of capital & profits for 40 years
  • Easy transfer of capital and profits
  • Avoid double taxation across 47 countries
  • Varied business profile and opportunities
  • 0% import or export duties
  • Common law framework
  • Independent regulatory authority
  • Well-developed and customizable infrastructure
  • Single-window service provider

A first-class mixed-use financial center with its own governing and judicial system, Dubai International Financial Center offers a safe, empowering, and tax-friendly environment for a diverse range of financial and business services to exploit emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

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The Fairmont Dubai,

Sheikh Zayed Road

PO 33964 Dubai