Companies looking to set up within Dubai Silicon Oasis can choose from three types of licenses, which can be selected according to the company’s operational requirements.

Please note: branch entities are only entitled to conduct an activity within the parent company’s activities.

Operating Licences

Service Licence

This license allows the registered entity to carry out only specified services. Each license is assigned with a number of business activities. 

Trade Licence

This license allows the registered entity to practice activities which are related to import, export, and distribution of items and goods as specified in the licence.

Industrial Licence

This license allows the registered entity to import raw material, manufacture, and process, assemble, package and export the finished products.

Special Licences

Business Operation Permit

This type of license is a special permit for companies operating in the The Administrative Zone of Dubai Silicon Oasis (areas within Dubai Silicon Oasis operated by private developers) using a licence issued by Dubai Economic Department (DED). This licence is issued based on the licence of Dubai Economic Department. No share capital is required for this type of licence.


Registering businesses in The Administrative Zone in DSO

If you wish to operate from a property that is not directly owned by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority but by a private developer/owner in a private development which are found within the freehold/leasehold areas of DSO then you will need to apply to DSOA’s Freehold Licensing Section and follow the Business Set Up Process for The Administrative Zone in DSO.

Click below for more information:


The Administrative Zone Within DSO



Haven’t found what you’re looking for?