Dubai Silicon Oasis

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Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
IndustryTechnology park, free trade zone
FoundedU.A.E (2004 (2004))
FounderDubai Government
Key people
Number of employees

Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is a 7.2 km² free trade zone, government-owned incentivization zone in Dubai.[1]


Established in 2004, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai providing both a living and working integrated community. Silicon Oasis is a Free Zone Authority and provides free trade zone incentives and benefits to companies operating within the tech park.[2][3]

Dubai Silicon Oasis’ (DSO) spans 7.2 km². The Authority has made a large capital investment in its infrastructure to cater to the need of high tech industries in the free zone, this ranges from advanced telecommunications, a fibre optic network, tier 3 data centre with 120 high capacity racks, and a high-tech utility infrastructure with 8 power stations with a capacity of 1600 MW.

The technology park possesses a combined fire, water and irrigation supply system which is supported by a pump station and a 5000 m³ underground irrigation tank. A sanitary water network is also provided giving potable water supply of 44,525 m³ per day based on an estimated 162,400 population working and/or living at the Silicon Oasis. DSO has a sewerage management system includes onsite pumping stations that transport wastewater to municipal plants through a new pressure pipeline. Current capacity of the sewage management system is 3,000 m³ per day (of which the technology park currently uses approximately a third) with a planned expansion set to see the capacity increased to 10,000 m³ to facilitate the community’s future growth.

In addition, DSO has a network of roads allowing access to Dubai’s major highways.


DSO is within close proximity to Dubai’s major transport and business hubs.


SAP, Fujitsu, AMD, Euromonitor International, Western Digital, Synopsys, Corning, GenX Systems, Schneider Electric, Brand Impact Marketing and Valustrat are some of the companies operating in Dubai Silicon Oasis. Companies that are able to operate at DSO include those in the following sectors:

A) IT, telecom, electrical, electronic, engineering and related activities e.g. mobile and internet technologies, software, data centre and arabized/localised technologies.

B) Consultants, law firms, finance institutions, etc.

C) Bio-tech, automobile, aerospace, oil and gas, alternative energy and mobile startups such as washplus a demand laundry app

All major activities of doing business can be accommodated within DSO including:


DSO clients are offered a number of benefits operating within the technology park. These include:

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 100% repatriation of capital
  • Zero Income tax
  • Zero corporate tax
  • IT infrastructure and facilities with tier 3 data centre
  • Business set-up & licensing
  • Business support services including integrated online E-Business system
  • Access to regional pool of technical and engineering professionals
  • Access to consumer markets of 1.5 billion people (Middle East, North Africa and Indian Subcontinent).
  • Employee visa processing
  • Streamline customs clearance
  • Investment incentive of 100% repatriation of capital
  • Stringent IP laws and support

In-house services[edit]

The Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) provides in-house business and government services to fulfil all legal and operational requirements. All services are provided directly by DSOA under one roof.

As an authority of the Government of Dubai DSOA is the municipal body of the free zone which issues all types of licenses as well as the following services:

  • Company licenses (issuance and renewal)
  • Work permits
  • Employee visas
  • Family residence visas
  • Customs clearance
  • For companies opting to construct their own facility at the tech park, issuance of building permits, design approval, certificate of completion and other permits are all obtained through DSOA.


DSO offers facilities to businesses operating within DSO. These include:

  • Offices
  • Light Industrial Units used for multiple use for Warehousing and Manufacturing
  • Land for development company’s own facility
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Running Track around the lake


DSO has a total capacity of 97,740 sq m of commercial space dedicated to offices for lease clients can lease from.


DSO identifies six key elements for its "high-tech ecosystem": large enterprises, start ups & medium-sized businesses, universities and an incubation centre, venture capital funds, a hi-tech infrastructure and government & business services.

R.I.T. (Rochester Institute of Technology) Dubai – In partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology based in Rochester, New York, DSO has established RIT Dubai to ensure the DSO community has a pool of skilled professionals.

DSO Incubation Centre – DSO runs an incubator centre to support technology entrepreneurs.

DSO Technology & Investment – The aim of the unit is to identify, foster and invest in high-tech business opportunities. To this extent DSO offer incentive programs to attract technology-based companies to establish their presence at Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO). These include reduced costs and investment incentives such as subsidised lease rates, EDA tools, and staff accommodation.

Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre


The DSO community possesses a range of residential and lifestyle facilities which include schools, universities, hospitals, community centres, shopping complexes, swimming pools and tennis courts. The DSO community has been landscaped with green parks, interconnected courtyards, and children’s play areas in addition to 24-hour security, daily maintenance and a fully completed road network.

Community features include:

  • Residential Villas and Apartments
  • Education – Educational institutions such as RIT Dubai, a GEMS School and an International Indian High School.
  • Shops & Services – Supermarkets, retail outlets, banks, post office, health clinic, restaurants, cafes, etc.
  • Leisure & Lifestyle – Community centres, play areas, swimming pools and parks.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dubai Free Zone Authority, UAE Foreign Ownership, Silicon Oasis ..." Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA)". Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Dubai Silicon Oasis". Retrieved 25 February 2014.

Coordinates: 25°7′28.6″N 55°22′51.6″E / 25.124611°N 55.381000°E / 25.124611; 55.381000