Dubai Healthcare City


Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) is a free economic zone located in the emirate of Dubai, committed to creating a health and wellness destination in Dubai.

It was inaugurated in 2002 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Since its inception, the free zone has worked towards its vision to become a globally recognized location of choice for quality healthcare and an amalgamated centre of excellence for clinical and wellness services, medical education, and research.

Located in the heart of the city, the world’s largest healthcare free zone comprises two phases. Phase 1 is dedicated to healthcare and medical education, spreading 4.1 million square feet in Oud Metha, and Phase 2; dedicated to wellness, expanding 22 million square feet in Al Jadaf, overlooking the historic Dubai Creek.

The free zone is governed by the Dubai Healthcare City Authority and regulated by the independent regulatory arm, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulation (DHCR), whose quality standards are accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).

DHCC has nearly 160 clinical partners including hospitals, outpatient medical centers, and diagnostic laboratories across 150 plus specialties with licensed professionals from almost 90 countries, strengthening its medical tourism portfolio. Representing its network of support partners, close to 200 retail and non-clinical facilities serve the free zone.

DHCC is also home to the academic institution, the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center. The free zone’s integrated environment offers leverage for potential partners to set up operations to promote health and wellness.


 Oud Metha Road, Bur Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Describe the kind of businesses?

DHCC provides a broad range of services in healthcare, medical education and research, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, wellness, and allied support.

What are the advantages of setting up here? 

  • No tax
  • 100% foreign ownership
  • No corporate tax
  • No income tax
  • No custom duty
  • No restrictions on capital, trade barriers or quotas
  • Competitive pricing 

Commercial benefits: 

  • Low operating costs
  • State of the art facilities
  • Flexible real estate design to suit the industry
  • Integrated health care community providing specialized first-class medical care
  • Access to network of regional healthcare professionals
  • Attractive investment opportunity and financial return
  • Increased brand exposure 

Business Convenience: 

  • No bureaucracy
  • One-stop shop for government services
  • Business support services
  • Hassle free company registration
  • Hassle free trade laws and legal framework
  • Quick access to knowledge workers due to fast-track immigration process 

What are the procedures for establishing a business here? 

All categories of visas are processed through Government Services Operations, which acts as an interface between companies in Dubai Healthcare City and the various departments and ministries in Dubai. An employment visa is valid for three years.

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 How long does it take? 

It takes 48 hours to incorporate an FZ-LLC and issue the Commercial license, subject to submission of all relevant documentation and fees. 

What is the cost of setting up business here? 

Government cost and professional fees

Government cost & Professional fees
Trade License option / activity Cost in US$ Cost in Dhs
Industrial License $ 2,570 Dh9,375
Specific Trading $ 2,570 Dh9,375
Oil & Gas $ 3,425 Dh12,500
Real Estate $ 5,135 Dh18,750
Aviation $ 5,135 Dh18,750
General Trading License $ 5,135 Dh18,750
Specific Services $ 2,570 Dh 9,375
Oil & Gas $ 3,425 Dh12,500
Freight Forwarding $ 2,910 Dh10,625
Real Estate $ 5,135 Dh18,750
Aviation US$ 5,135 Dh18,750

How many companies operate from here currently?

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  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 100% repatriation of profits and capital
  • 50 years personal, income and corporate taxes exemption
  • Zero customs duty for goods and services
  • Zero restrictions on capital
  • Zero trade barriers and quotas
  • Competitive prices – low cost of operations
  • High investment opportunities
  • Great brand exposure
  • Provision of excellent medical care
  • Access to outstanding health care professionals
  • World-class facilities
  • Flexible building design which suits the healthcare industry
  • Convenient one-stop shop services
  • Simple registration of companies
  • Support services
  • Simple but strong business laws and legal framework
  • Zero bureaucracy
  • Fast access to knowledge workers via fast-track immigration process  

What is the distance from various landmarks to this location? 

DHCC to Airport – 5 km

DHCC to Downtown – 8.8 km

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