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Dubai South Approvals

Establishing a business in Dubai South Free Zone is a strategic move for entrepreneurs and corporations looking to leverage the region’s abundant opportunities. The Dubai South Free Zone, known for its investor-friendly environment and streamlined processes, offers significant advantages such as tax exemptions, full ownership, and profit repatriation. Understanding the approval process is crucial for a smooth and efficient business setup. This guide covers the essentials of obtaining approvals in Dubai South, ensuring compliance with local regulations and facilitating a successful business launch.

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Overview of Dubai South Free Zone

Dubai South Free Zone is strategically located near the Al Maktoum International Airport, providing unparalleled access to global trade and logistics networks. Spanning 145 square kilometers, it is poised to be one of the world’s largest integrated airport cities. The zone supports diverse business activities including logistics, aviation, commercial, and residential sectors, making it a prime destination for various enterprises.

Types of Approvals Needed

  1. Company Registration and Licensing:

    • Commercial License: For trading and logistics operations.
    • Industrial License: For manufacturing and production activities.
    • Service License: For consultancy, software development, and other service-oriented businesses.
    • Education License: For educational institutions and training centers.
  2. Construction and Fit-Out Approvals:

    • Drawing Submissions: Detailed architectural, structural, and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) drawings are required.
    • Fire Safety Approvals: Compliance with Civil Defence standards for fire detection, alarm systems, and fire suppression systems.
  3. Operational Permits:

    • Environmental Approvals: Ensuring activities meet environmental regulations.
    • Health and Safety Approvals: Adherence to occupational health and safety standards.

Drawing Submission Requirements

General Requirements:

  • File Format and Size: Soft copies in PDF or DWF formats with individual files not exceeding 50 MB. Total attachment size for a project should not exceed 200 MB.
  • Number of Files: Typically, 4 to 6 files including architecture and life safety, fire detection and alarm systems, fire protection and suppression systems, emergency lighting and signage systems, smoke control and management systems, and LPG systems (if applicable).
  • File Naming: Clear, specific names including the application number and system type (e.g., “12345_FIRE_ALARM_SYSTEM”).
  • Compliance: All drawings must comply with the standardized color coding and formats specified by Civil Defence.

Reasons for Rejection:

  • Missing required number of files.
  • Incorrect file naming.
  • Lack of scale or check markings.
  • Absence of room names, occupancy names, or proper color coding.
  • Missing cover pages or material/activity letters for storage and industrial projects.

Step-by-Step Approval Process

  1. Choosing the Legal Structure:

    • Select between a Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ LLC) or a Free Zone Establishment (FZE).
  2. Defining Business Activity and Trade Name:

    • Determine primary business activities and ensure the trade name complies with Dubai South Free Zone regulations.
  3. Preparing Documentation:

    • Gather necessary documents including application forms, business plans, passport copies, and financial reports.
  4. Submitting Drawings and Plans:

    • Submit architectural, structural, and MEP drawings for review. Ensure compliance with Civil Defence standards for fire safety.
  5. Obtaining Initial Approvals:

    • Secure preliminary approvals from the relevant authorities based on the submitted documents and plans.
  6. Finalizing Registrations and Licenses:

    • Pay registration and licensing fees, and receive the trade license. Lease agreements for office or warehouse space will be prepared.
  7. Setting Up Bank Accounts:

    • Open a corporate bank account to facilitate business transactions.

Compliance with Civil Defence Standards

Ensuring compliance with Civil Defence standards is critical for obtaining necessary approvals. Key areas of focus include:

  • Life Safety: Properly labeled and color-coded drawings showing fire access roads, stair details, and emergency exits.
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems: Detailed plans including locations of fire detectors, manual call points, and control panels.
  • Fire Protection Systems: Sprinkler layouts, hose cabinet locations, and fire pump room details.
  • Emergency Lighting: Comprehensive emergency lighting plans with legends and control panel locations.
  • Smoke Control Systems: Ducting layouts, extraction points, and fan specifications.
  • LPG Systems: Piping distribution, tank locations, and gas detection systems.


Navigating the approval process in Dubai South Free Zone can be complex, but with the right preparation and understanding of requirements, businesses can ensure a smooth setup. DAEM Contracting LLC offers comprehensive support to guide you through each step, ensuring compliance with all regulatory standards and facilitating a successful business launch in this dynamic free zone.

For more information, contact DAEM Contracting LLC:

  • Website: daemuae.com
  • Office Address: 20 18 St. RAS AL KHOR industrial area, Dubai, UAE
  • Phone Number: +971 50 884 9955
  • Email: sam@daemuae.com