Dubai Silicon Oasis
DUBAI SILICON OASIS OVERVIEW
Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is a Dubai Free Zone and technology park. It was established in 2004 by the Dubai government and is home to over 4,000 companies, including multinational corporations, start-ups, and research and development centers. Some of the major companies that have their offices in DSO are: Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Siemens, Virtustream.
Dubai Silicon Oasis stands as a premier free zone and a vibrant business and residential community in Dubai. Serving as an innovative technology hub, it accommodates businesses specializing in IT, online services, industry, research, and development.
In addition to being a commercial center, Dubai Silicon Oasis hosts Dubai Digital Park, offering state-of-the-art workspaces and residences, ready for immediate occupation. It provides an array of amenities for its residents, such as over 80 restaurants, retail outlets, a shopping mall, schools, and a hospital.
Strategically located, it can be accessed via any road, minimizing traffic congestion. This makes it one of the most sought-after locations for business setup in the UAE.
All technological initiatives of the Dubai government are implemented and tested in Silicon Oasis.
DSO offers the following types of facilities:
- Light industrial units
- Office spaces
- Workstations (subject to availability)
These office spaces can be leased either in any business tower within Silicon Oasis or the following towers managed by the free zone:
- Headquarters Building (rent inclusive of utilities)
- Dubai Digital Park Offices
- Techno Hub
All offices are equipped with raised flooring, ceilings, and curtain blinds.
DSO authorities provide flexible rental rules. Companies can rent an office either under free zone management or from any other landlord within Silicon Oasis. Furthermore, companies registered with the Department of Economic Development of Dubai can also rent offices in this free zone.
Dubai Silicon Oasis Free Zone follows the business activity list of the Department of Economic Development. Up to 7 different activities from the same segment (trading, service, or potentially industrial) can be included in your license.
However, some activities, only available in the mainland, are excluded.
Freelance category is not available in this free zone. If you are looking for a freelance license, check out Freelance Visa in the UAE.
DSO BUSINESS SETUP
Dubai Silicon Oasis company formation starts with picking up of an office facility. It is better to view them to get a full understanding of the offers.
Once you have chosen the office, the process goes as follows:
- Reservation of the company name
- Pre-approval of the business
- Signing of the lease agreement
- Receiving the license
The company owner’s personal visit is required at the final step. The overall formation process usually takes about 2 weeks.
Required documents include:
- Passport copy
- Personal photo
- Visa or previous entry stamp to UAE copy