Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

DIFC is an ideal launch pad available to all tech start-ups and entrepreneurs

DIFC Innovation License is sector agnostic, available to all start-ups, entrepreneurs and technology firms, offering you a vast opportunity to establish, grow and upscale your innovative business to access the MEASA markets, through Dubai. The Innovation License will serve as a launch pad for relevant and cutting-edge technology pertaining to all Tech Start-ups, Entrepreneurs, and Technology & Innovative Companies, and will enable them to tap into tech innovations and opportunities across the MEASA region.

DIFC’s Current Ecosystem

DIFC is home to the largest and most developed financial technology ecosystem in the region, with more than 100 Tech and Start-up firms in the Centre. Tech start-ups choose the DIFC as their preferred jurisdiction from which to scale their business in the MEASA region.

With its broad remit, DIFC FinTech Hive, the first-of-its-kind accelerator in the region, and FinTech Fund, a FinTech-focused fund to accelerate the development of financial technology by investing in start-ups, continue to lead the MEASA region’s efforts in providing an enabling environment for innovative solutions. The FinTech Hive and FinTech Fund are an extension of how DIFC is helping young, promising start-ups and entrepreneurs to disrupt the sector. Please visit FinTech Hive & FinTech Fund pages for more information.

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Advantages of setting up in DIFC

DIFC provides access to an established legal and regulatory framework, along with a wider ecosystem of technology enablers catering to technology & innovation firms interested in developing or testing new, novel or innovative products.


Subsidised Commercial Licensing at USD 1,500 (annual fee)


Access to co-working space at DIFC with a flexible desk space at USD 500 per month


Up to 4 visas on the first desk; and subsidised visas up to 50% for innovation firms


Quick registration process and access to local and international experts

Legal and Regulatory Framework

DIFC’s legislation represents a key step for delivering on the Centre’s landmark expansion plan that will transform the future of finance.

DIFC continues to level up its legal and regulatory framework and prioritise ease of doing business in the DIFC. With the added value of being based on internationally recognised Common Law, the Centre has a stable and enabling business environment from which to reside and prosper.

Register in Three Steps

Simple and straightforward licensing, registration and regulation, make setting up and operating in DIFC fast and efficient.

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Discuss your proposed innovation business activities with DFSA and DIFC service advisors


Submit application documents


Receive approvals for licenses, visas and consent notifications

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