Dubai is the land of opportunities and when you are ready to start your new venture it is important that you setup your office in the right location. Though it is a custom in Dubai to write only your Post Box number on your business card, customers do ask the office location to evaluate your status. A good location also gives you better visibility and makes it faster to move around town.
Dubai historically was divided in two parts – Deira and Bur Dubai, but in the last 8-10 years, Dubai has seen a new geographic divide into Old Dubai and New Dubai. Deira and Bur Dubai became part of Old Dubai, whereas Dubai Marina, Internet and Media City, TECOM, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) became the New Dubai. Business Bay managed to sneak into New Dubai too.
Where to locate your company may largely depend on the nature of your business and within New Dubai, you have multiple options. Business Bay and JLT are popular for their lower rents vis-a-vis Media City, Internet City, and Dubai Marina. The formation of an LLC (Limited Liability Company) where you need an Emirati to be a majority share-holder or a fully-owned Free Zone company are also considerations that determine where you can locate your company.
An LLC can be located anywhere in Dubai, however a Free Zone company may have to be affiliated to a Free Zone authority and thus have to restrict its location. There are 24 Free Zone authorities in Dubai, and you will have to decide on the Free Zone that best serves your purpose. It is possible that more than one Free Zone may meet your need, thus giving you some flexibility of location selection.
We have compiled a list of 23 Free Zones in Dubai for your benefit and have even plotted it on a map to help you locate your next venture. And remember that E-Movers would like to have the privilege to relocate your office and also your home.