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DIFC Non-Retail Activities

Activity Description Classification Description
Accounting & Bookkeeping Accounts Includes the offices specialized in setting and designing accounting systems for companies and firms, designing accounting documents, records and books, setting documentary cycles or other accounting processes. These offices offer services against fixed fees, but may not examine or audit accounts.
Administrative Management Services Facility Management Includes establishments primarily engaged in providing operating advice and assistance to businesses and other organizations on administrative management issues, such as financial planning and budgeting, equity and asset management, records management, office planning, strategic and organizational planning, site selection, new business startup, and business process improvement. This industry also includes establishments of general management consultants that provide a full range of administrative; human resource; marketing; process, physical distribution, and logistics; or other management consulting services to clients.
Advertisement Designing & Producing Advertising Includes firms which design commercials and produce the same on audio or video tapes, paintings and photographs for newspapers and magazines, or wall posters.
Auditing of Accounts Accounts Includes offices specialized in practicing accounting services and qualified to audit accounts of companies and firms and make comprehensive examination and auditing of all kinds of accounts, records and accounting books of an establishment, the outcome of its business, reports on its financial position.
Authorized Purposes Non Profit Activities As described in Non Profit Incorporated Organisations Law
Automated Car Parking Systems Installation & Maintenance Contracting and building works Includes installing automatic systems capable of parking the cars in the parking garage by a programmed pallet less automatic Robots , it involves receiving the car at the entry module , transfer to a vacant space and to transfer again to the exit module when the car is recalled , such parking garage can be constructed above ground and underground.
Award Rendering Program Education Includes forums, centers or firms specialized in encouraging studies and research and practicing the activities which serve such purpose.
Banking & Finance Training Education Includes providing training on planning, directing, organizing and controlling financial resources and activities of the financial of institutions and individuals, including Banking services, finance theory, investment analysis, investments and securities, stock-brokering.
Building Cleaning Services Building maintainance, sureillance and cleaning services Includes firms which provide interior, exterior and outer areas cleaning to residential buildings and governmental and professional premises , it excludes providing domestic workers who perform as cooks, gardeners, housekeepers, laundress, caring for children and elderly…etc
Building Maintenance Building maintenance, sureillance and cleaning services Includes maintenance of buildings only, excluding any equipment or extensions available inside, such operations include restoration and reparations of roofs, columns, walls, floors and others
College Education Includes scientific and educational institutions which operate independently of a university and is engaged in teaching applied and social sciences at university, and post graduate levels (higher studies), they adopt the recognized regulations and curriculums, they provide the essential elements for the scientific research and studies as well as awarding their students the degrees of their respective levels.
Commercial Representative Office  Representative Office Includes office established by non-financial  Person that is outside the DIFC to represent it in the jurisdiction of the DIFC in order to promote its business, products and services or facilitate commercial agreements between such Person and its clients to the extent that its activities are not considered as providing financial products or financial services as prescribed in the General Module of the DFSA Rulebook.  This office is not allowed to carry out any trading activity nor enter into commercial transactions and deals by itself. 
Communication Engineering Services Consultancy -B- Engineering Includes providing services and consultancies related to the transmission of voice, data, and video using a wired or wireless telecommunications infrastructure, involving switching and transmission facilities to provide point-to-point communications via landlines, microwave or a combination of landlines and satellite linkups, cable distribution systems, cellular and other wireless telecommunications networks.
Community College Education Includes technical colleges which offer technical education services of two years or more after the secondary school certificate, and grant diplomas in the various fields
Compliance & Risk Management Facility Management Includes firms in assisting clients to analyse, assess, quantify and control risks in order to mitigate regulatory and reputational risk through developing their policies, procedures, systems and controls that would enable them to comply with the relevant rules and regulations applicable to their business.
Computer Consultancies Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms which provide consultancy to enterprises and companies, prepare studies related to the analysis of users' needs as regards computer hardware and software and provide the best solutions. This also includes the choice of software that corresponds to the company's activities, the choice of operation specifications, the equipment and preparation of computer rooms, the preparation of purchase tender documents and offers, as well as other related services and consultancies
Conferences & Seminars Organizing Exibition organizers Description Includes firms which offer conference and symposium organization and administration services to the government or private bodies. These services include the activities and measures necessary for holding conferences and symposia such as receiving the participants, organizing their residences, travel and the venue of the function and providing it with the necessary facilities.
Corporate Service Provider Facility Management Includes establishments primarily engaged in providing a range of day-to-day administrative services such as acting as a secretary of a company, a partner of a partnership or acting as a director of the specific types of entity such as SPC or Fund, or acting as a nominee shareholder for another entity, or providing a registered office, business address or correspondence or administrative address for a company or a partnership."
Cost Control & Risk Management Services Finance consultants Includes firms which help others in taking steps to control and ensure that the actual cost of production do not exceed the standard cost set in advance in the planning stage, it involves risk management which implies identifying the risks encounter organizations, then assessing the risks, and finally to take steps and develop strategies to enable avoiding the risk or reduce it's negative effects or transfer to another party.
Customer Care Centre Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes centers founded by foreign and local corporations having several branches and subsidiaries such as hotels, banks, hospitals, to provide services to their customers in respect of hotel reservations, information providing, complaints receiving….etc., this is different from any service provided by public relations or customer services offices operating in a relatively small firm.
Data Entry Services Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms which provide data entry services to computer systems and programs, the process involves ordinary data entry and documents scanning for final electronic storing. It involves converting data from one computer language to another. Such services are carried by specialized firms for others against remunerations, firms perform said services for themselves are not listed under this activity
Documents Clearing Services Typing and translation Includes firms which undertake submitting commercial and personal documents belonged to others to government and non-government bodies and follow up until finalization.
Education & Training Computer Software Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes providing computer systems analysis and software design to the facilities involved in education and training process, it involves analyzing the user's needs and problems and offering consultancy on the best economical solution and the programs necessary for realizing such a solution, also, the software installation, testing and operation
Educational Facilities Management Services Facility Management Includes the provision of advice and assistance as well as overseeing and managing educational facilities owned by others.
Educational Technologies Research & Development Applied studies Includes centers or institutes specialized in elaborating studies and experimental and development researches on learning technologies to set guidelines to enhance designing, evaluating and implementing learning techniques to reach the utmost efficiency.
Electrical Fitting Contracting Contracting and building works Includes the execution of electric wiring and cable laying in buildings and civil constructions, it involves fixing switch gears, feeding points, distribution panels as well as other power transmitting apparatuses and installations, repairs and maintenance works are also included.
Electronic Chips programming Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes programming electronic chips used in computers or in other automatic electronic devices, which are used in industry, vehicles, household electronic appliances and electronic games.
Electronic Management Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing  
Employment Agency Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms which help other companies and establishments by searching for qualified personnel to be appointed in specific positions with these companies or establishments, or to perform temporary tasks that have specific nature.
Event Management Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms engaged in managing festivals and events, which involves, studying intricacies of the event, identifying the target audience, devising the event concept, planning logistics, coordinating the technical aspects before executing the modalities of the event. The activity applies to a variety of areas, such as, corporate events, marketing programs, amd award ceremonies
Exempted Activities Facility Management As defined and described in the DIFC Special Purpose Company Regulations.
Exhbition Organizing Exibition organizers Includes firms specialized in organizing commercial exhibitions which are held to promote or activate trade at the local or the international levels. It also includes the holding of fairs to boost the local industrial and agricultural products. It moreover includes the holding of other specialized commercial or individual fairs
Facilities Management Consultancy Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes the provision of advice and assistance as well as overseeing and managing the facilities owned by others as per the prevailing laws and regulations, these firms are neither allowed to provide the manpower to such facilities, nor to engage in the activities of maintenance and cleaning, they are also not permitted to practice labor recruitment and employment brokerage or temporary employment.
Feasibility Studies Consultancies Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms which prepare technical and economic feasibility studies on the new projects to determine the profitability of these projects over a period of operation, such firms are not allowed to conduct field surveys and questionnaire
Financial Analysis & Consultancy exchange and financial services Includes firms engaged in providing to the clients or the public recommendations based on studies as well as on economic and financial analysis as regarding feasibility studies, forecasting and predicting current and future values of the commodity prices and contracts, it involves the financial analysis which depends on systematic assessment of the financial statements to evaluate the past, the current and to forecast the future performance of the companies ,also, assessing securities and commodities and their contracts, price trends, transactions volumes, in order to enable making decisions.
Five Stars Hotel Tourism Activities Includes hotels offering upscale accommodations and superior service, in-room media amenities, full service accommodations offer diverse on-site eateries ranging from fine dining to casual dining and 24-hour room service, guests access to concierge services, an on-site fitness facility and on-site pool, golf and water sports.
Four Stars Hotel Tourism Activities Includes hotels offer a high level of superior services, luxurious facilities and amenities, provide live entertainment and offer formal dining, accommodations come decorated with stylish and modern decor, guests have access to a fitness center and on-site pool, offering reception spaces.
Foreign Language Institute Education Includes providing training on the structure and composition of foreign languages. It includes the study of related cultures, literature and linguistics, teaching the mother tongue of foreign cultures is uninvolved.
General Partner Investment Fund Established for the sole purpose of establishing one or more collective investment funds in the DIFC by way of limited partnership
Holding Company Facility Management Includes firms engaged in holding the securities of (or other equity interests in )companies and enterprises for the purpose of owning a controlling interest or influencing the management decisions of these firms. The holding companies in this industry do not administer, oversee and mange other establishments of the company or enterprise whose securities they hold.
Hotel Apartments Rental Tourism Activates Includes firms which furnish residential apartments with all requisites and means necessary for residential purposes. Such apartments are leased for relatively long periods in return for monthly or annual rent.
Hotel Consultants Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes specialized firms engaged in preparing marketing and feasibility studies along with the required surveys and field questionnaires, in addition to providing technical consultancies in connection with investing in hotels or any hotel related services whether to the new projects or for enhancing the existing ones
Hotel Management Tourism Activites Includes the provision of advice and assistance as well as overseeing and managing hotels and tourist resorts owned by others and duly licensed by the competent authorities.
Human Resources Consultancies Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms specialized in preparing studies and consultancies concerning manpower planning as well as improving its performance through studying the problems encounter the employee. These problems could be technical, psychological or behavioral. The process involves analyzing the problem and then to seeking the proper solution by means of reports, advising, consulting, designing of professional and administrative programs and to propose the adequate training to overcome the employees problems to enhance his performance.
Information Studies & Consultancies Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes providing services and consultancies pertaining to printing, publishing, issuing newspapers and magazines and TV, cinema and radio production. It also includes conferences, seminars and ceremonies organizing related services, in addition to providing studies and information to establishments engaged in information services, whether these services concern production, education or organization.
Information Technology Consultants Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes providing technical services and consultancies with respect to information technology and applications like internet, internet and data warehousing to enhance the administrative and technical performance in different corporations. In addition to offering consultancies, to involve proposing the adequate software and handling the surveys and studies to determine the appropriate technology consistent with the nature of the firm, these firms are not entitled to market or produce any of the software or products related to said technology, the minimal degree required is Bsc. in Computer sciences or Information Technology, along with three years hands-on experience"
Interior Decoration Contracting and building works Includes interior decoration works, including wooden orients, gypsum decoration of ceilings, flooring and curtains fixing as well as other similar complete works executed by the firm.
Intermediate Holding Company Intermediate Special Purpose Vehicle Includes firms holding or investing into assets as an intermediate vehicle for any one of the following: a DIFC Incorporated Fund; any entity holding assets for a foreign fund managed by a regulated DFSA fund manager; a DIFC holding company, proprietary investment company or a Single Family Office.
Internal Communication Network Installation & Maintenance Contracting and building works Includes designing internal communication systems and networks installed in large complexes, hotels, hospitals, public institutions, student hostels and others, also, fixing telephone calls reception and answering machines and the maintenance and repair services.
Internet Consultancy Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing

 

Includes firms specialised in drawing up the strategies of using the internet technology in the commercial entities, as well as impose laying out the techniques of the practical application. 

Internet Content Provider Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms specialized in providing the internet sites with contents and make them available for users.
IT Infrastructure Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms specialized in laying the technical foundations of the information technology, which comprises the network, the systems and the data bases. It also involves firms engaged in preparing the consultative studies along with the installations of the network and the systems, manpower training is also included.
Investment in Agricultural Enterprises & Management Proprietary Investment Includes firms and holding companies formed in order to invest their own funds or create the necessary investments for the establishment of subsidiary projects, which carry out agricultural activities and other subsidiary activities, such as land reclamation, establishment of agricultural projects, cattle, sheep and chicken farms, as well as the marketing of agricultural crops and investment in fish and sea animal resources. This also includes the management of such subsidiary companies and the organization.
Investment in Commercial Enterprises & Management Proprietary Investment Includes firms engaged in holding their own investment portfolio and forming, managing, and investing their funds in any business or firms which carry out various commercial activities, such as transport, contracting and financing activities. Besides other investments or shareholdings in commercial enterprises. This also includes the management of such subsidiary companies and the organization of their affairs.
Investment in Educational Enterprises & Management Proprietary Investment Includes firms and holding companies formed in order to invest their own funds  to invest in educational facilities, the projects that aim at enhancing the capabilities of the people with special needs and the children with autism as well as knowledge and human development promoting projects, it also involves the management and organizational activities.
Investment in Healthcare Enterprises & Development Proprietary Investment Includes firms and holding companies formed in order to invest their own funds or secure funds to be invested in setting up healthcare projects or other similar enterprises. this also includes managing and organizing the affairs of such companies.
Investment in Industrial Enterprises & Management Proprietary Investment Includes firms and holding companies formed in order to invest their own funds in firms which carry out various industrial, extraction or converting activities, or by the investment of their funds through the shareholding in such projects. This also includes the management of such subsidiary companies and the organization of their affairs.
Investment in Oil & Natural Gas Projects Proprietary Investment Includes holding companies formed in order to invest their funds through establishing subsidiaries to carry out investment in oil and natural gas projects, it involves exercising operational control and managing the operations of their related units.
Investment in Retail Trade Enterprises & Management Proprietary Investment Includes firms and holding companies that hold the assets of subsidiary corporations which carry out retail trade, it also involves managing such enterprises.
Investment Fund Investment Fund As described in the DFSA Collective Investment Law.
Labor Recruitment Brokerage Office Services Labor Supply & employment agency Includes recruitment offices specialized in bringing in manpower for companies, establishments and individuals and assuming necessary procedures for having their visas issued.
Law Training Services Education Includes providing all the services required to train legal employees such as deputies, advocates and clerks. The aim is to promote their knowledge in legal domain through planning training program (training manual), specialized workshops, sessions by training individuals and units to pass law expertise and enlighten on law versions and international treaties and conventions. Concerned firms are not allowed to grant degrees.
Lawyers & Advocates Legal Services Includes firms licensed to assume the defense in the cases filed with courts. They also offer consultancy and draw up legal studies of the lawsuits and the legal questions submitted to them.
Leasing Property Brokerage Agents Real Estate Includes the firms which work as a connection link between landlords and tenants regarding property lease against remuneration, their role will end up when said parties reach an agreement.
Legal Consultants Legal Services Includes offices and firms which offer consultancies and prepare legal studies of the lawsuits and the legal questions submitted however, they are not entitled to assume the defense before courts in this regard.
Management Consultancies Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes providing administrative consultancies and studies to public departments and companies as regarding administrative performance analysis, procedural engineering, laying out flow-charts and related documents circulation, internal policy formulation, organizational restructuring, strategic plans development, innovating work procedures, designing balanced scorecards.
Managing Office Facility Management Includes establishments (except government establishments) primarily engaged in administering, overseeing, and managing other establishments of the company or enterprise. These establishments normally undertake the strategic or organizational planning and decision making role of the company or enterprise.
Maritime Security Services Building maintenance, surveillance and cleaning services  Includes firms that provide highly trained anti- piracy personnel to escort vessels cruising in high risk areas to protect against pirates and ships and crew hijacking.
Marketing Management Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes providing marketing management services to other firms, this includes providing planning, executing marketing, promotion and determining prices and sale outlets.
Marketing Research & Consultancies Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes conducting field surveys and questionnaires to explore the opinion of the consumers, producers on the way the commodity is designed, and come out with results which could assist in the marketing, the pricing and the effective promotional campaign, in order come out with results that assist in marketing and sales boosting.
Network Consultancies Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes providing comprehensive professional consultancies to IT organizations to help them match their needs with the networking solutions, it involves securing, analyzing and designing network solutions that maintain the security and integrity of their IT assets.
Office Of International Organization Office Of International Organization Includes offices founded by the international organizations or bodies or the affiliated centers and institutions, with a view for steering some of their activities inside the country , or making the same liaison offices to prepare for their activities in the region or to provide the data and information necessary for the practice of their different activities.
On Demand Labors Supply Services Labor Supply & employment agency Includes specialized services firms engaged in providing on demand workers for certain periods of time for temporary or urgent nature tasks such as drivers, servants, baby sitter...etc.
Operations & Security Control Center Building maintenance, surveillance and cleaning services Includes firms who establish links with subscribers to receive and monitor their alarm of robbery and offensive breaking in, or medical emergency, such firms can respond directly to the incident or they can notify the concerned authority, also, providing subscribers' locations with camera surveillance, also, monitoring insured vehicles by tracking systems and to notify the concerned authorities if help is needed, in addition to providing control and management to valuables transporting vehicles as well as patrolling services.
Personal Development Training Education Includes providing training programs that can affect the individuals mental and social capacities through the development of the personal skills, which cover, argumentation and presentation, communication, cooperation, development of behavior, development of mental skills, Job-seeking programs, public speaking, self-esteem skills, social competence, time management, leadership...etc
Portal Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Online services equipped with data bases and programmes that are fitted as a service with basic functions of technology platform. It also could be a junction between a content provider and a user for a broad array of resources and services.
Private Notary Public Services Legal Services They are the services provided by court authorized entities and agencies to practice the General Notary Public works with limited jurisdiction. These services include authentication of documents, contracts and declarations of all types, attestation of signature of those concerned and the verification of their dates.
Professional and Management Development Training Education Includes institutions primarily engaged in offering an array of short duration courses for management, professional and personal development, including providing training in areas such as education, social and behavioral development, management, secretarial skills and HR.
Project Development Consultant Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms specialized in providing studies and consultancies on that development of the projects that belonged to the real estate investment companies, including , project elements , draw up strategies of development opportunities , economic feasibility and marketing , revising development requirements and obstacles , supervising execution progress.
Project Management Services Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms specialized in managing and guiding project processes from start to finish as regarding planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources, procedures in order to achieve all of the project goals, it involves managing budgets, resources and relationships to achieve organizational objectives, planning, developing schedules to ensure timely completion of projects, the minimal qualifications required is bachelor degree in business administration or economics, along with three years hands-on experience.
Property Guard & Surveillance Services Building maintenance, sureillance and cleaning services Includes firms which offer guarding services to residential and commercial buildings by appointing watchmen for limited periods.
Public Networking Services Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms specialized in providing the services of subscribing & Connecting to international information networking as well as specialized information banks and exchange of electronic mail which includes operating systems and applications such as electronic mail and the exchange of data electronically by using communication networks as well as their local and international lines. The role of those is limited to facilitating subscription procedures against fees or specified amount.
Public Opinion Polling Services Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms engaged in conducting surveys of public opinion on behalf of others to investigate the opinions of a population as well as collecting data and statistics in any domain, it involves utilizing telecommunications or in person-to-person contact or using any other direct or indirect techniques, it also includes investigating the collective opinions of the public about political, economic and social issues as well as opinion for matters such as marketing, psychology, sociology, health, the process involves designing the poll forms, specifying the sample of population to be investigated and finally issuing the analyses of the results.
Public Relations Management Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms perform as connecting link between commercial entities and the media to introduce and shed light on their activities and achievements as well as promoting corporate image through leaflets, produce information reflecting transparency, establish positive relations with customers by visits and participation in gatherings, enhance their employees sense of belonging.
Quality & Standardisation Certificates Issuing Services Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms serve as agents to international organisations, which issue quality & standardisation certificates to goods and services. 
Quality & Standardisation Consultants Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms engaged in services consultancies aiming at improving the standard of quality of the services and products which are provided by the services and the industrial sectors. It also includes providing standardization consultancies on services and products to confirm with standard specifications.
Real Estate Management Supervision Services Real Estate Includes firms specialized in managing and supervising properties as regarding contracting with the firms in charge of maintenance, cleaning and security services, handling the administrative issues for the property's owner, coordinate with lease brokers to find tenants for vacant units in the building, these firms are not allowed to practice selling, leasing or releasing properties
Restaurants Management Facility Management Includes the provision of advice and assistance as well as overseeing and managing restaurants and coffeeshops owned by others, these firms are not allowed to practice real estate activities.
Self-Owned Property Leasing & Management Services Real Estate Includes firms engaged in renting and managing commercial, residential, industrial buildings and warehouses which are owned by the owner and his second- degree relatives.
Security Studies & Consultancies Building maintenance, surveillance and cleaning services  Includes firms specialized in providing security studies and consultancies, set out security and technical solutions to ensure buildings and facilities safety, also advisory on designing and laying out technical specifications, such firms are not allowed to conduct field questionnaire before getting approval from the competent authority.
Single Family Office Facility Management As described in the DIFC Single Family Office Regulations.
Software House Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms specialized in computer systems software design, implementation, operation and maintenance based on analyzing the user's problems and his need for economical solution and the programs necessary for realizing such a solution, it involves designing application software designed to run on smartphones and mobile devices.
Sourcing & Procurement Consultant Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms engaged in sourcing and procurement consultancies, including purchase analysis to determine where to achieve savings, point out the system defects to overcome, so as to minimize the cost, determine the purchases specifications and tender procedures, advise on purchasing sources by rendering to the best standards as might involve E- commerce .It also includes providing advice and assistance on purchasing.
Specialized Professional Institute Education Includes Institutes and high colleges which offer specialized teaching and training at a level above the high school and under the University level, and award the appropriate degrees and certificates. Teaching includes fine arts (painting, sculpture, photography, decoration .. etc.) or profession related to tourism, hotel industry, It also includes cinematic, theatrical, musical institutes.. etc.
Tax Consultant Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing

Includes specialised firms engaged in tax advisory to  companies , involving advising on VAT services, how to avert double taxation, how to implement tax treaties between countries, reviewing the periodical forms and statements of the companies.

Testing Center Institutes and Education It is a center that conducts actual tests or examinations for applicants in specific subject area; usually in association with a global or regional test development body such as such asTOEFL, IELTS, ICDL, GRE, GMAT, SAT, Cambridge certifications
Three Stars Hotel Tourism Activities Includes hotels which, in addition to the standard two stars hotel services, offer spacious accommodations, access to a fitness center and swimming pools. On-site restaurants typically serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Translation Services Typing and translation This includes offices which provide simple translation for ordinary personal and commercial letters and correspondences. This also includes services related to translation such as proofreading, typing, photocopying, attestation of documents etc.
T.V Programmes & Series Production Art Production Includes firms that produce television programs and series such as lectures, educational courses or songs to mass media, educational institutions, visual materials distributors, or to stores engaged in recording video cassettes and discs, the production process may take place in the firm's won studio or in a hired one.
University Education Includes scientific and educational institutions embracing a number of faculties which are engaged in teaching applied and social sciences at university, and post graduate levels (higher studies). They adopt the recognized regulations and curriculums for a period not less than four years. In addition they provide the essential elements for the scientific research and studies as well as awarding their students the degrees of their respective levels.
Web-Design Consultancy -D- management, information and marketing Includes firms specialized in designing the pages of the electronic services sites, the internet is used here as infrastructure.