Dubai Biotech Research Park Company Formation

DuBiotech – advancing the business of science Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park the Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech) is a science and Business Park dedicated to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry and is modelled on the free zone concept. A member of Dubai Holding, DuBiotech will accommodate the biotechnology industry and facilitate government funded R&D. DuBiotech’s world-class infrastructure includes facilities and services for incubators, R&D labs, biotech-related educational and research institutions, manufacturing as well as organisations from supporting and convergent industries.

Dubai’s flourishing international business community and strategic location serve as a gateway to the Middle East, Europe, Africa, the Indian Sub-continent and the CIS regions.
DuBiotech aims to facilitate a rich environment for networking and collaboration within the biotech community by offering products such as office space, laboratory space, land area for manufacturing and R&D operations. The presence of hotels, retail, a hospital, schools, safety and security measures, and residential facilities ensure a quality lifestyle within the park. Our business partners benefit from 100% foreign ownership, repatriation of profits and tax-free operations. Fast-track administration with no red tape promises hassle-free company licensing and visa procedures.

Reason to Setup Company in Dubai Biotech Park

  • 100% personal, income and corporate tax free for 50 years
  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 100% repatriation of profits and capital
  • Zero customs duty for goods and services
  • Strategic location – near major seaports / airports in Dubai and near Abu Dhabi – easy imports, exports and logistics operations
  • Easy access to customers and suppliers from Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Asian Subcontinent and Eastern Mediterranean
  • World-class infrastructure and services which enable successful and profitable operations
  • Ideal business environment for clients
  • Well known global, regional and local industry players
  • Cluster working environment which enables interaction and cooperation between companies throughout the industry’s value chain
  • State-of-the-art technology and advanced processes
  • One-stop shop providing governmental services – easy access to government and regulatory authorities
  • Easy, hassle-free registration of companies
  • Facilities available for commercial, residential, recreational and educational use
  • Specific tailored facilities and services for the Life Sciences industry
  • All DuBiotech’s buildings are LEED certified ‘green’ buildings
  • Simple but strong legal framework and company laws
  • Services that add value – one-stop shop, networking events, business development events,
  • 24/7 visa service
  • Access to Knowledge Workers because of fast-track immigration process

 

Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park Services

  • Setting up companies
  • Issuing commercial licenses
  • Issuing visas
  • Fit-out process
  • Business development
  • Advertising and Venue Management Services (AVMS)

Setting up Companies

The registration and establishment of companies in DuBiotech is approved and regulated by Dubai Technology & Media Free Zone Authority.

Types of Companies

Free Zone LLC (FZ-LLC)

  • A separate legal entity with shareholders as individuals and / or companies
  • At least one director
  • AED 50,000 minimum capital requirement

Note: the following business activities require a minimum capital of AED 300,000:

  • Manufacturing and production – therapeutics sector
  • Manufacturing and production – food sector
  • Manufacturing and production – agricultural, forestry, horticulture sector
  • Manufacturing and production – environmental sector
  • Manufacturing and production – medical/scientific devices or equipment sector
  • Manufacturing and production – specialty supplies sector

Branch

  • A branch of a foreign or local company – not a separate legal entity from its parent company
  • Same business activities as the parent company
  • No minimum capital requirements

Issuing Commercial Licenses

Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority’s (DTMFZA) Registration and Licensing Department approves the licensing for the FZ-LLC’s and Branches of DuBiotech.

  • The business activities of the company must be in compliance with the licensing regulations which are issued by DTMFZA
  • DTMFZA approves the company’s business activity
  • The client must lease a DTMFZA facility
  • The license covers the operation of businesses within the free zone
  • Licenses are valid for one year and are renewable annually (there is a penalty or even termination for late license renewals)

Amendments to Licenses

The following changes to licenses can be requested by DuBiotech’s clients:

  • Additional business activity within the segment
  • Change of business activity within the segment
  • Change of company name
  • Change of company address
  • Change of director
  • Change of manager

Transfer of Shares

A FZ-LLC company incorporated at DuBiotech can amend its share structure as follows:

  • Increase of share capital via new shares to existing or new shareholders
  • Decrease of share capital
  • Transfer of shares to new or existing shareholders

Other Changes to Licenses

  • Change from Branch of an overseas company to a FZ-LLC
  • Merge or amalgamation of two or more companies
  • De-registration and cancellation of license

Business Sectors

Companies from the below business sectors can apply for registration at DuBiotech:

  • Agricultural, forestry, horticulture
  • Environment
  • Therapeutics
  • Food
  • Medical / scientific devices or equipment
  • Diagnostics and analysis
  • Specialty supplies
  • Life science services
  • Life science associations (nonprofit)

General Sectors

  • Providers of property management services
  • General providers of services
  • Regional headquarters
  • Consultancy services
  • Hotels and leisure facilities

Regulation

DuBiotech is regulated by the Dubai, Technology & Media Free Zone Authority whose regulations are in line with global regulating standards, enabling the companies within the free zone to operate effectively.

Issuing Visas

The Government Services Operations (GSO) Department of TECOM is responsible for the issuing of visas as well as providing other services such as immigrations services, traffic and postal services through its one-stop shop.

Fit-Out Process

DuBiotech provides a centralized “Fit-out Process” via TECOM’s Engineering Management Department which provides a one-stop shop service, handling all the processes involved in setting up a facility.

Business Development

DuBiotech’s Business Development team works closely with clients so that they can operate effectively. Business Development also coordinates various business development events and activities for its clients. These activities support the interaction and collaboration of clients and stimulate potential business opportunities.

Advertising and Venue Management Services (AVMS)

A wide range of advertising services and venues are offered by TECOM’s Advertising and Venue Management Services. There are many indoor and outdoor advertising facilities and venues available.

Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park Products

DuBiotech has an infrastructure spread over 22 million sq feet. Its range of facilities is specially tailored to serve the life sciences industry requirements. It provides a cost effective and specific environment which supports clients’ business activities.

  • BIO Headquarters Building
  • Warehouses
  • Nucleotide Lab
  • DuBiotech Business Centre
  • Land

BIO Headquarters Building

  • Over 500,000 sq ft. for office space
  • Central location: between the Mall of the Emirates and Motor City on Umm Suqeim Road
  • State-of-the-art architecture: 22 story two twin tower buildings
  • Offices of various sizes
  • Customized fittings and furniture according to clients’ tastes and needs
  • Efficiency in interior office design
  • Private client access
  • Landscaped surroundings with water features and sea views
  • Facilities management services provided
  • Retail outlets and other facilities located between the towers
  • Easy access to housing and parks
  • Outdoor common areas
  • Double story car parking for 1144 cars
  • 24/7 security

Warehouses

DuBiotech offers warehouses which are ideal for storage, distribution, logistics, light manufacturing and showrooms.

  • Facility with 25 warehouses
  • Warehouse size 5,000 sq ft.
  • Prime location for imports, exports and logistics activities – near Jebel Ali port and Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum Airport and highways
  • Roads located between warehouse blocks
  • Landscaped surroundings
  • Loading and unloading dock
  • Easy access for forklifts and trucks
  • Easy and safe handling of heavy products
  • Modern mechanical and electrical systems
  • Fire and emergency systems
  • Catering facilities
  • Garbage disposal
  • Mezzanine floors which can be used as offices
  • Own kitchen
  • Car parking
  • Prayer room

Nucleotide Lab

DuBiotech’s state-of-the-art Nucleotide Lab is an office and laboratory facility ideal for pharmaceutical, biotech, food, cosmetics, and healthcare, environmental and agricultural companies. It facilitates activities such as research and development of products, manufacturing and production, diagnostic and analytical testing. It is the first LEED-certified laboratory in the MENA region.

  • 256,000 sq ft. area for lease
  • Partly fitted office facilities
  • Fully furnished business center
  • Retail facilities
  • Meeting rooms
  • Showroom facilities
  • Exceptional telecommunication and IT systems
  • Facilities for 160 biological or chemical laboratories
  • Laboratories built with Class III Bio-safety standards
  • Air exhaust and ventilation systems – areas for a biological safety cabinet with an exhaust system for filtering air
  • Systems for acid resistant drainage & pH neutralization
  • Lab facilities like water systems, vacuum / air systems and drainage systems
  • Heating ventilation and air conditioning systems built to specific client requirements, compressed air system
  • Sterilized and high quality stainless steel mechanical equipment
  • Emergency power system (electrical and air)
  • Water reverse osmosis / de-ionization systems
  • Drainage and waste management system
  • Temperature and pressurization control
  • Chilled water system
  • Vacuum system
  • Safety features with NFPA standards and Dubai Civil Defense requirements: fire suppression and alarm systems, evacuation plan
  • Green features: indoor air quality, water and energy efficiency, daylight, recycling, reduced carbon emissions
  • Electrical services
  • Support provided for designing environmentally-friendly client facilities with tenant design guideline
  • Car parking
  • Common areas and common facilities

DuBiotech Business Centre

  • Modern furnished and equipped offices
  • Workstations located in open space areas
  • Ideal facilities for SME’s and start-ups
  • Central location
  • Fast-track visa issuing
  • Exceptional IT and Telecoms
  • Meeting rooms, training rooms
  • Common areas
  • Managing guests
  • Housekeeping
  • Provision of office equipment
  • Collection and delivery of mail
  • Arabic and English newspapers
  • 24/7 security and building maintenance services

Land

  • Specific development of land for environment & energy and the life sciences industries
  • Over 10 million sq ft. of land available for lease or sale
  • Road, electricity, telecommunications, water ready infrastructure

Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park Major Clients

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Firmenich SA
  • MAQUET Middle East
  • The National Reference Lab (NRL)
  • Greenrain
  • Chr Hansen
  • IFF
  • Medtronic
  • Amgen
  • Viacentra
  • Taiba
  • New Bridge Pharmaceuticals
  • Wockhardt
  • Lupin
  • Himalaya Herbal Healthcare
  • Pfizer
  • Alliance Global
  • Genzyme