Dubai Internet City (DIC)

Dubai Internet City

Dubai Internet City (DIC) is the largest Information and communications technology hub in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Since its inception in 1999, DIC has attracted over 1,600 companies, including some of the world’s leading technology organizations including Fortune 500 companies such as Oracle, Visa, Google, and Microsoft. DIC is home to a diverse range of businesses, from small startups to multinational corporations. It is managed by Technology Electronic Commerce and Media group (TECOM), which is a part of Dubai Holding.

DIC is a great place to start or grow your business. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a small or medium-sized business, or an international corporation, DIC can offer you the resources and support you need to succeed.


Dubai Internet City (DIC) offers a variety of facilities to businesses of all sizes. These facilities include:

  • Commercial and retail spaces
  • In5 centers
  • D/Quarters
  • Light industrial units
  • Warehouses


As part of TECOM Group, Dubai Internet City (DIC) offers a wide range of venues for events of all sizes. Whether you’re planning a concert, gala dinner, exhibition, brand activation, meeting, or conference, you’ll find the perfect space in DIC.


The Dubai Knowledge Park Auditorium is a versatile space that can be used for conferences, corporate events, and trainings.

Auditorium and conference facilities

The Dubai Knowledge Park Auditorium for 275 seats as well as conference halls and meeting rooms are equipped with the latest technology, making them perfect for conferences, business meetings, workshops, and trainings.

Outdoor spaces

TECOM offers a variety of outdoor spaces that can be used for events, exhibitions, and brand activations. These spaces include lakeside locations, courtyards, and gardens.

Sound stages and studios

Dubai Studio City is a key filming location and offers a variety of sound stages and multipurpose studios that can be used for events, gala dinners, fashion shows, and product launches.


Dubai Internet City is dedicated to technology companies, providing an inclusive platform for startups, entrepreneurs, and multinational corporations alike.

Whether your expertise lies in software development, data centers, e-commerce, or IT consultancy, Dubai Internet City is the perfect place to boost and evolve your business.

The primary clusters of business activities permitted in Dubai Internet City include:

  • Internet and Multimedia
  • Software
  • Telecommunication and Network
  • IT Services
  • Freelancer
  • Data Centre


The registration process for your company in Dubai Internet City depends on the chosen business entity type.

Here is a list of the initial documents required:

  1. Business Plan
  2. Passport
  3. Personal bank statement for the last 3 months (required for Lebanese and Syrian Nationals)

The DMC registration process involves several stages:

  1. Initial approval: 5 days
  2. Leasing of an office
  3. Payment
  4. Registration: 6 days


If you are not present in Dubai, your representative can handle the company renewal process. The procedure includes:

  1. Renewal of the office lease
  2. Renewal of the license


Dubai Internet City offers various visa packages based on the type of office space chosen. Once the business license is issued, the resident visa process is straightforward and involves:

  1. Establishment card of the company
  2. Entry permit
  3. Status adjustment
  4. Medical test
  5. Emirates ID
  6. Resident Visa Stamping in the passport


To sponsor dependents under your visa, you will need the following documents:

  • Marriage certificate (attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of UAE and legally translated to Arabic)
  • Birth certificate (for your child) – (attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of UAE and legally translated to Arabic)
  • Tenancy contract for an apartment in UAE

As the title implies, Dubai Internet City is a haven for tech-based businesses. IT companies, from startups to multinational giants, have the opportunity to showcase their products and services, and engage with some of the world’s leading technology corporations, as well as numerous regional tech enterprises.

It is particularly recommended for individuals from countries often considered high-risk (such as Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, Turkey, etc) to establish their companies in this free zone. Here, they are less likely to encounter challenges when applying for resident visas or opening bank accounts.

Freelancers and independent tech professionals are not overlooked in this free zone. They can register their freelance permits here with a single visa package, granting them access to many business facilities, along with a prestigious office address and location.

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