New rules to enhance ease of doing business in Dubai’s DMCC


The zone has attracted over 16,000 local and global businesses of all sizes.

DMCC – the world’s flagship Free Zone and Government of Dubai Authority on commodities trade and enterprise – has announced a set of new rules and regulations effective from January 2, 2020 to further enhance the ease of setting up and doing business in DMCC.

The new regulations update DMCC’s existing company law framework, providing greater flexibility and ease of operations for businesses registered within DMCC and increasing the remit of their activities. The new regulations also make it easier to set up a company in DMCC.

Key enhancements to the framework include increased flexibility around a company’s Articles of Association; introduction of different share types, allowing businesses to tailor the structure of shareholdings; a new dormant status has been introduced; and an increased ability to transfer company incorporation into DMCC.

“Ease of doing business is at the heart of DMCC’s offering; we enable all businesses to trade efficiently and with confidence. We are confident that these enhancements will attract even more companies to do business in DMCC,” said Ahmad Hamza, Executive Director Free Zone, DMCC.

Following an extensive data gathering and stakeholder engagement period, three of the world’s top law firms were consulted to develop the updated framework in line with international best practices, ensuring DMCC retains its competitive edge.