Business Setup in Dubai Outsource Zone

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The Dubai Outsource Zone was established in 2007 to be a common location for outsourcing companies. The purpose was to take advantage of the increasing market demand for outsourced services and furnish the support services these companies require. Dubai Technology & Media Free Zone Authority (DTMFZA) administers the free zone and oversees business formation and licensing. The free zone provides a modern infrastructure designed for outsourcing companies along with all the business advantages of UAE Free Zones.

Some of the features that make Dubai Outsource Zone attractive to outsourcing companies are:
• 0% income tax
• 0% corporate tax
• No restrictions on currency
• 100% business foreign ownership possible
• 100% repatriation of capital and profits
• No customs and import duties
• No trade barriers and limits
• Minimal operations costs
• Top class infrastructure
• Top class support services oriented to the needs of outsourcing companies

Allowed and Supported Business Activities in DOZ

• Customer Care
• Transaction Processing
• Information Technology Management
• Document Management
• Operations Support
• Property Management Services
• Consultancies
• There may be additional business activities allowed but not specified

Business and License Types

There are three basic business licenses allowed:
• The Free Zone Limited Liability Company ( FZ-LLC) is a stand-alone business acting on behalf of individual owners or shareholders. It does not depend on a parent company for business authority. FZ-LLC’s can be owned by individuals, shareholders or corporations and the document requirements vary among these. There are specific capitalization requirements
• A Branch of a Foreign Company does business inside the free zone in the name of and dependent on a parent company. There is no capitalization requirement
• A Branch of a Local company does business inside a free zone as a component of a pre-existing company in the UAE but outside the Free Zone. There is no capitalization requirement

Required documents for individual applicants for FZ-LLC licenses in Dubai Outsource Zone:

• If a local agent is working on your behalf a notarized power of attorney must be provided. If you contract with PushDigits we can provide a template
• Lease documents specifying an approved office space. PushDigits can help you find the space and get the required documents
• A personal Information sheet for the applicant and designated manager. We will provide the template
• Passport copy of the applicant
• Passport copy and C.V. (resume) for the manager
• Proof of initial approval for business formation activities. This approval must be in place before any other business formation activities. PushDigits can arrange this approval for you
• Proof of trade name registration. PushDigits can arrange this for you
• The authority may request or require additional documents

FZ-LLC businesses require proof of AED300,00 (US$82,191) capital investment.


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Required documents for corporate applicants for FZ-LLC license in Dubai Outsource Zone:

• If a local agent is working on your behalf a notarized power of attorney must be provided. If you contract with PushDigits as your local agent we can provide a template
• Lease documents specifying an approved office space. PushDigits can help you find the space and get the required documents
• Certificate of registration for the corporate applicant. This can be a business license or certificate of incorporation. Must be notarized by the UAE Embassy in the origin country
• A resolution from the board of directors of the corporate applicant stating the intention to establish a new business abroad. Must be notarized by the UAE Embassy in the origin country. We will provide a template
• A properly notarized ( by the UAE Embassy in the origin country) Memorandum of Association or Article of Association for the corporate applicant
• Lease documents specifying an approved office space. PushDigits can help you find the space and get the required documents
• Passport copy and C.V. (resume) for the Manager
• Passport copies of the shareholders
• Completed Personal Information Sheets for each shareholder and manager. We can provide a template
• Proof of initial approval for business formation activities. This approval must be in place before any other business formation activities. We will arrange this approval for you
• Proof of trade name registration. PushDigits can arrange this for you
• The authority may request or require additional documents

FZ-LLC businesses require proof of AED 300,00 (US$82,191) capital investment.

Required documents for establishing a branch of a foreign company in Dubai Outsource Zone:

• Physical address of the parent company
• A company profile for the parent company
• A Business Plan or brief feasibility study. We can help create this for a small additional fee
• Lease documents specifying an approved office space. We can help you find the space and get the required documents
• If a local agent is working on your behalf a notarized power of attorney must be provided. If you contract with us as your local agent we can provide a template
• A Certificate of Good Standing for the parent company from the business registration or licensing authority in the country of origin (notarized by the UAE Embassy in the origin country)
• Certificate of registration for the parent company. This can be a business license or certificate of incorporation. Must be notarized by the UAE Embassy in the origin country
• A resolution from the board of directors of the parent company stating the intention to establish a new business abroad. Must be notarized by the UAE Embassy in the origin country. We will provide the template
• A properly notarized ( by the UAE Embassy in the origin country) Memorandum of Association or Article of Association for the parent company
• Proof of initial approval for business formation activities. This approval must be in place before any other business formation activities. We will arrange this approval for you
• Proof of trade name registration. We can arrange this for you
• The authority may request or require additional documents

There are no minimum capital requirements for Branches of Foreign Companies.

Required documents for establishing a branch of a local company in Dubai Outsource Zone (individual applicant):
• Physical address of the parent company
• A notarized (by the UAE notary public) certificate of registration or business license for the parent company
• If a local agent is working on your behalf a notarized power of attorney must be provided. If you contract with PushDigits as your local agent we can provide a template
• Lease documents specifying an approved office space. PushDigits can help you find the space and get the required documents
• A properly notarized ( by the UAE Embassy in the origin country) Memorandum of Association or Article of Association for the parent company
• Proof of initial approval for business formation activities. This approval must be in place before any other business formation activities. PushDigits can arrange this approval for you
• Proof of trade name registration. We can arrange this for you
• Completed Personal Information Sheets for the applicant and manager. We can provide a template
• Copy of passport for the applicant
• Copy of passport and C.V. (resume) for the designated manager. Manager must have a university degree
• The authority may request or require additional documents

There are no minimum capital requirements for Branches of Local Companies.

Required documents for establishing a branch of a local company in Dubai Outsource Zone (corporate applicant):
• Physical address of the parent company
• A notarized (by the UAE notary public) certificate of registration or business license for the parent company
• If a local agent is working on your behalf a notarized power of attorney must be provided. If you contract with us as your local agent we can provide a template
• Lease documents specifying an approved office space. We can help you find a qualified space and get the required lease documents
• A properly notarized ( by the UAE Notary Public) Memorandum of Association or Article of Association for the parent company
• Proof of initial approval for business formation activities. This approval must be in place before any other business formation activities. We can arrange this approval for you
• Proof of trade name registration. We can arrange this for you
• Completed Personal Information Sheets for the shareholders and managers. We can provide a template
• Copy of passports for the shareholders
• Copy of passport and C.V. (resume) for the designated manager. Manager must have a university degree
• The authority may request or require additional documents

There are no minimum capital requirements for Branches of Local Companies.

How Push Digits Will Help You

One of the many valuable services PushDigits offers is assistance with the process of business formation in UAE Free Zones including the Dubai Outsource Zone. The number of required documents can look discouraging. Don’t worry, we will make sure you have all required documents when and when they’re needed and that the documents are properly completed. We are familiar with the local culture and with the authorities and agencies involved so we can make the process as quick and painless as possible. After the new FZ-LLC or Branch Office is up and running we offer many additional services to make your business life easier. Our original business was accounting services and we have a full range of services to help you manage your business efficiently.


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