Dubai Healthcare City free zones regulations

Located in the heart of Dubai, the DHCC was launched in 2002 to meet the demand for high-quality healthcare. Today, it houses 2 hospitals, more than 80 outpatient centers and laboratories and more than 1500 licensed medical professionals.

The city combines expertise and prominence to deliver state-of-the-art medical services across different fields. The city is a project of TECOM. They have since recently implemented innovative processes that allow onshore and free zone companies licensed by the DED to be situated in their free zones.

But as expected, there are regulations. Business segments and activities that are allowed are such as healthcare consultancy, publishing, healthcare support and education, inpatient and outpatient clinics, hotels and leisure services and a few others.

DHCC was set to make sure that patients get the best quality care in a safe environment. This is why the Center for Healthcare Planning and Quality was established. It serves as an independent regulatory body.  At its core, is patient protection and their responsibilities span from ensuring rigorous licensing to initiating patient care and safety initiatives.

All facilities within the DHCC must meet the CPQ’s quality requirements through implementation of practices that support excellent health care at all levels.

Policies and standards consist of such as:

  • Medical Liability Regulation No. 5 of 2005
  • Education regulation No. 5 of 2008 and many others.

Businesses that fail to comply are usually penalized, refused license renewal, suspended or terminated.

Business entities that can be formed in the DHCC (by either an individual or a corporates) are; a branch of a foreign company by a foreign person, a free zone limited-liability company and a branch of a UAE company.

Any prospective investor wishing to establish a company in the DHCC must either be represented by a manager, shareholder or director of the company in person and usually follows the following steps.

  1. Select a free zone location and fill out an application to be approved (This is usually provisional). The process takes 5-10 working days. There are fees involved in the reservation during this stage. Documents such as a business plan in the right format, color passport copies, and others are necessary.
  2. Review of the application takes about 15 working days. This process is done by the DHCC sales reps who forward the documents to the relevant authorities. The company must meet the CPQ operating requirements. If it is provisionally approved, you will be sent a letter to the effect.
  3. Submission of legal documents for company registration. This process takes about 10 working days.
  4. The legal documentation is reviewed in 2-3 working days.
  5. Make the required payments. This is the registration and license fee.
  6. The signing of the MoA and other articles as well as collecting a bank introduction letter.
  7. Deposit of shared capital. The bank introductory letter is only valid for 10 days within which you need to open an account and deposit the capital.
  8. The signing the lease agreement and personal sponsorship agreement.
  9. Collecting your license. The license should then be submitted to the bank for it to allow access to the company’s funds.