Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is the financial and business hub connecting the region’s emerging markets with the markets of Asia, the Americas and Europe. Since its launch in 2004, DIFC, a purposely built financial free zone, has been committed to encouraging economic growth and development in the region through its strong financial and business infrastructure. Currently, DIFC’s client base comprises almost 912 active registered firms, including: 19 of the world’s top 25 banks, 8 of the world’s 10 largest insurers, 6 of the top 10 law firms, 11 of the top 20 money managers and 7 of the top 10 consultant companies in the world.

Around 14,000 employees operate in an open environment complemented by international legal and regulatory standards. DIFC offers its member companies benefits such as 100 percent foreign ownership, zero percent tax rate, with no restriction on capital convertibility or profit repatriation.

  • Platform to access regional wealth and investment opportunities
  • 100 percent foreign ownership
  • Zero percent tax rate on income and profits (guaranteed for a period of 50 years)
  • A wide network of double taxation treaties available to UAE incorporated entities
  • No exchange controls (free capital convertibility)
  • High standards of laws, rules and regulations
  • International legal system based on Common Law of England & Wales
  • A wholly transparent operating environment, complying with global best practices and internationally accepted laws and regulatory processes
  • A variety of legal vehicles that can be established with capital structuring flexibility
  • Access to a large pool of skilled professionals residing in Dubai and the region
  • A modern transport, communications and internet infrastructure
  • A responsive one-stop shop service for visas, work permits and other related requirements
  • An independent common law judicial system

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