Dubai is among the easiest places to start a new business or expand an existing one. With a choice of free-zones that make it easy for any new business to get going quickly, the superior support infrastructure make sure a start-up gets everything it needs to establish itself. There are more than 350,000 companies operating in the UAE under the SME segment and developers need to cater to the growing demand of this category.

So what are the choices for a start-up?

 The decision to choose a free-zone to setup the business will always depend on the nature of business. While Dubai Media City is home to many web base companies, technological companies choose to operate from Dubai Silicon Oasis. Jumeirah Lake Towers is also a preferred location for companies looking for connectivity with the metro. For any new business the first stage is to find a good location that is within the operating budget. There are many property websites and portals to search for offices and commercial spaces, lists a range of retail and office space in different square foot price. The Dubai Design District that opened the first phase in 2015 caters to companies operating within the free-zone and on-shore. Located on Al-Khail road and opposite to Business Bay, Dubai Design District is developed by TECOM investments, the developer of major developments like the Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Studio City and the International Media Production Zone (IMPZ). The project consists of exceptional office space, retail space, residential units and hospitality all within the development. The goal is to create a smart city with technologically smart infrastructure that provides space and creates opportunities for global and regional designers.


Dubai offers plenty of options when it comes to choosing the right location for a business start-up. The demand for new commercial space is expected to grow with the EXPO 2020 and there are new developments underway to meet the growing demand.