Dubai Design District caters to the needs of budding entrepreneurs from the retail, fashion, design, luxury and hospitality industries. Announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and backed by the establishment of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council by official decree.



Day 1 - Submit application forms along with the required documents for Provisional Approval to CREATIVE ZONE and make payment

When do I get my Company Incorporation Documents?

Day 5 - Client is informed of any external regulatory body approvals that may be required.

Day 10 - Name Reservation Certificate is provided and d3 issues the Provisional Approval Letter

Day 11 - Client selects the suitable premise for operation and submits legal documents for company registration. CZ representative checks the legal documents and issues a Customer Confirmation Letter pertaining to the leasing of the premises in the free zone

Day 19 - Client signs and return “customer confirmation letter“ and make required payments for registration and license fee to DTMFZA (25% of the annual rent to be transferred to d3 account) and provides the PDCs.

Day 23 - Deposit share capital to TECOM Trust Account or any local bank and submit proof of capital letter to CZ Sales Representative. DTMFZA Registration and Licensing Department prepares the commercial license. Client will be notified when the license is ready.

Day 25 - Client collects the original Commercial License and signs the Lease Agreement and Personnel Sponsorship Agreement (PSA).

When do I get my Visa?

Day 25 - Make payment for Company Establishment Card

Day 31 - Company Establishment card issued by Immigration. You may apply for your visa at this point

Day 31 - Complete and submit visa application forms and supporting documents and passport photos to CREATIVE ZONE and make payment

Day 34 - Entry Visa is issued

Day 34 - Proceed with Change of Status / Local Amendment

Day 36 - Proceed for Medical and Emirates ID Card application

Day 37 - Collect Medical Results and deliver the same to CREATIVE ZONE offices along with your passport, completed signed and stamped original employment contract, Emirates ID Card receipt, entry visa (with change of status stamp) along with 8 alternate passport size photos on white background, all of which will be submitted to Immigration for residency stamping

Day 40 - Passport is released by Immigration stamped with your Residency Visa.

Please Note:


d3 Free Zone License Year 1 Year 2
*License Fee AED 15,010 AED 15,010
One Time Registration Fee AED 3,510 0
PRO Fee AED 12,500 AED 10,000
**Commercial Office Space Rental per square feet / annum per square feet / annum
Courtyard View AED 110 AED 110
Standard View AED 130 AED 130
Standard View AED 165 AED 165

There is a minimum share capital requirement of AED 50,000. This does not apply to Branch Offices.

*License Fee may vary depending on the segment and activity chosen

**Includes the service charge but excludes DEWA and Chiller (A/C charges) and offices delivered as shell and core. Quota is 1 Visa per 80 sq.ft.

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