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Introducing the DIFC FinTech Licence

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Commercial Licensing for FinTech Firms

The Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region is ripe with opportunity for FinTech firms, with the ecosystem that supports this dynamic industry growing rapidly over the last few years.  DIFC has built a platform for this ecosystem to thrive. 

Through this enabling licensing scheme, FinTech firms can easily operate from the Centre and be part of a financial community of over 22,000 professionals working across approximately 1,800 firms. In addition, firms holding this license will gain access to the DIFC Work Hub, a dedicated and collaborative co-working space.  


Who can apply?  

  • FinTech firms
  • InsurTech firms
  • RegTech firms

What are the benefits?

  • Short-term and cost-effective licensing 

  • No incorporation and registration fees

  • Access to flexible co-working space at the DIFC Work Hub

Where is the DIFC Work Hub? 

Currently located in FinTech Hive at DIFC, the space provides an interactive and collaborative working area that fosters innovation and creativity.

The DIFC Work Hub offers excellent connectivity, high-speed wifi, state-of-the-art Audio/Visual and conferencing facilities, as well as its very own coffee bar.  In addition, the Centre’s world-class cafes, restaurants and retail outlets are right at your doorstep.

Whether you are looking to host a team meeting, brainstorm session, workshop or seminar, the DIFC Work Hub supports your every requirement. 

How do I apply? 

As a FinTech firm, applying for a commercial license at DIFC is simple and straightforward


Step 1

Discuss your requirements with a DIFC Business Development team member

Step 2

Submit your application documents 

Step 3

Receive approvals for your licenses, visas and consent notifications 

Apply now!