Dubai Logistics City Freezone

About Logistics City

Investors that plan to set up a business in the logistics and trading sector in the UAE, your best bet is none other than the Dubai Logistics City! Built solely for the development of the logistics and the trading sector, logistics-focused companies would have a great business growth and scope in this free zone as the benefits are focused mainly for them and their company types.

Dubai Logistics City (DLC) is the world’s first free zone built to provide and focus solely on logistics and trade purposes in the UAE. It is also the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis (“aero metropolis”). Located near the Jebel Ali Sea Port, this free zone is an ambitious project taken to increase the trading opportunities in the country.

DLC is also strategically located at Al Maktoum International Airport, is connected to Jebel Ali Port (the busiest harbor in the Middle East with 150 shipping lanes) and has direct access to the main highways. There will also be metro and Etihad rail services around DLC soon.

DLC is said to start many other projects including air cargo terminals, cargo terminals, office park, labor village etc. There is no doubt that DLC has become the focal point of logistics operations in the country.

Main benefits of a business set up in DLC

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • No corporate or income taxes
  • No import export taxes
  • A specific free zone for logistics purposes
  • Connects directly to the Jebel Ali port
  • Pre-built warehouse facilities, custom built units for freight forwarders, and a separate lane for heavy vehicle movement
  • Has a well-planned and organized distribution network to African, South East Europe, Middle East and Asian countries
  • Has an all-inclusive tax arrangement for the African and North Asian countries

Types of licenses available in DKV

Industrial License

Holders can perform light manufacturing activities such as blending, purifying, repacking, mixing, wrapping and assembling products using noiseless machinery or laborers.

Logistics License

Holders can perform logistics services such as storage, distribution, inventory management and transportation, order management, forwarding, sorting and clearing only within the UAE.

Trading License

This license allows import, export, distribution, storage or sale of permitted products in the UAE market

Education License

This license allows educational and social services, training and consulting services

Service License

This license allows holders to carry out activities like training, insurance, consulting and catering

Types of company formation in Dubai South

Free Zone – Limited Liability Company

This type of company formation must have shareholders, directors, secretary and a general manager to set up the business. You must also have a minimum capital of AED 30,000 with a minimum share value of AED 1

Branch of Foreign or Local (UAE) Company

A branch office in DLC cannot have a secretary or board of directors but they must have a general manager who is responsible for running the business. The branch name and activity must be the same as the parent company and the name should end with the designation “branch”.

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