DMCC is a government entity established in 2002 to enhance commodity trade flows through Dubai. We perform a range of roles which continue to position Dubai as the preferred destination for global commodities trade and DMCC as the world’s No.1 Free Zone.
Made for Trade, we have firmly established Dubai as a leading centre for trading international commodities and the world’s fastest-growing Free Zone. We regulate, promote and facilitate trade across a range of goods from gold, diamonds and precious metals to tea, food and industrial materials. Today, as home to major multinationals and start-ups, we connect more than 14,100 businesses with the world-class services, leading infrastructure and vibrant community they need to thrive and succeed.
Today more than 14,100 companies call DMCC home, ranging from multinational corporations to start-ups. A further 170 companies join us every month, 95% of which are new to Dubai. Whatever their size and status, every member company is united in benefiting from unparalleled access to world-class business services, connections and infrastructure.
Almost 90,000 people live and work here, attracted by our vibrant community, stunning property and high quality lifestyle. With excellent air, sea and road links, it is the ideal business base for Dubai, the UAE and beyond. As endorsed by the ‘Global Free Zone of the Year’ award from the Financial Times fDi magazine for the last two years, DMCC is indeed, Made for Trade.
A unique combination of Free Zone status, state of the art commercial and residential property and top-tier commodities and financial services, puts DMCC in a class of its own. Added to this, ongoing investment in the most interconnected, innovative infrastructure and leading business services makes it easy to trade from here. Efficiently, effortlessly, anywhere in the world.
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A world-class centre for commodities, financial services and commerce
As a strategic gateway linking you to the fast-growing markets of the Middle East and beyond, trade is at the heart of Dubai’s vision to be a dynamic and diverse economy at the crossroads of the world. Playing a pivotal role, DMCC is the region’s dedicated global trading centre and thriving marketplace for commodities, financial services and a growing range of specialist industries.
Made for Trade, it brings together more than 14,100 businesses from all sectors and industries into the world’s most interconnected Free Zone. Join us and discover how DMCC is driving the continued evolution and economic growth of Dubai.
Network with 13,000 member companies representing 170+ countries and 20+ business sectors in an interconnected marketplace with boundless opportunities.
Situated in the heart of Dubai, DMCC is within fast, easy reach of both airports, Jebel Ali Port harbour and the Expo2020 site, while adjoining some of the most prestigious visitor, retail and residential districts in the world.
DMCC is home to nearly 92,000 people who live and work here. With its striking waterfront, beautiful community park and stunning skyline of 66 towers, you can enjoy a high quality lifestyle with superb restaurants, hotels, education facilities and healthcare.
Almost every business activity you can think of can be found in DMCC. You can set up as a branch, subsidiary or new limited liability company. We also offer flexible office solutions, from plug and play flexi-desks and serviced offices to multi-storey offices for lease or sale.
As a DMCC member, you will find everything you need for every stage of your business journey under one roof. With easy access to more resources to invest in growing your business, you will be better equipped for success.
Reflecting our commitment to innovation, you can access a wide range of services on the DMCC member portal from any device, anytime and anywhere in the world, ensuring a rapid response to any requests.
From commercial freehold property to retail space, business owners have the option to own or lease
Whatever your accommodation requirements, we offer a superb choice of properties to suit any size and type of business. With 66 towers located around the lakeside and park community, options range from single units to multi-storey occupancy. You can opt for fitted space or shell and core, while serviced offices are available for smaller businesses.
With space available for lease at the heart of the Free Zone, One JLT is a premium LEED Gold Standard building offering energy-efficient commercial space over 14 floors.
Our flexi-desks can be used on a part-time basis while giving your business a full-time physical address and professional appearance. You can access a host of business amenities including meeting rooms, as and when required.
If your business has full-time staff who require a dedicated desk, we offer a range of serviced desk options which can be perfectly tailored to your needs, including access to shared spaces.
Our range of serviced offices and fully furnished offices are ready for you to move in to almost immediately. A unit of 215 to 279 sq. feet can comfortably accommodate 2-3 people, backed with our state of the art business centre facilities.
Strategically situated in towers covering most parts of the DMCC Free Zone, our Business Centres can accommodate your every need. Fully furnished, the offices range between 100 sq. feet and 265 sq. feet in an elegant corporate environment.
DMCC is home to a selection of Business Centres catering to a full range of requirements and strategically located in towers covering most areas of the Free Zone. These offer fully furnished offices ranging between 100 sq. feet and 500 sq. feet in an elegant corporate environment. Services, such as a dedicated telephone and fax numbers, internet connection, fully equipped meeting room facilities and advanced audiovisual technology are available. Serviced offices are available at affordable prices, with rent starting from AED 4,000 per month, depending on the size and location of your chosen office.
World-class financial services systems and expertise
Complementing our expertise in global commodities, we offer a comprehensive range of world-class financial services, trading resources and investment platforms to assure you of immediate access to all the facilities and support you need to trade confidently, efficiently and effectively while maximising the value of your assets.
A dedicated online platform enabling you to register possession and ownership of commodities stored in UAE facilities. Designed to stimulate market liquidity, it also provides the Islamic finance industry with a trusted legal and trade infrastructure, commodity supply and complete transparency.
Established in 2005, DMCC subsidiary DGCX is now the largest, most diversified commodity derivatives exchange in the Middle East. As a strategic government initiative, it provides all the appropriate physical, market, financial infrastructure and services to enhance your trade flows.
DSAM is a joint venture between a division of DMCC and Shariah Capital to develop Shariah-compliant commodity-focused investments. Its initial product is an exclusive series of transparent hedge funds registered on the Al Safi Trust platform and marketed under the DSAM Kauthar brand.
DMCC serves the entire gold value chain, from research and refining to trading and investing. Until a decade or so ago, Dubai’s nickname as the City of Gold was due to its historic Gold Souk. But since DMCC began investing in world-class infrastructure and services, the volume of gold traded in Dubai has been rising. It now accounts for around 25% of global trade, most of it within our Free Zone.
No other gold centre in the world offers such a complementary industry cluster effect. Innovations include: the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX), DMCC Tradeflow, a trade finance product; regional gold options trading; a Shariah-compliant hedge fund product; and the Dubai Good Delivery Standard, the only international standard for 1kg gold bars of .995 purity.
As part of our ongoing commitment to provide the most innovative infrastructure for our members in the gold and precious metals sector, the DMCC vault provides safe, secure vaulting facilities that you can trust implicitly.
Certified for security, quality and responsible stewardship
Diamonds have long played an illustrious role in Dubai’s heritage as a gateway for global trade. Today DMCC is committed to setting the standard for the secure diamond trading in line with the highest quality standards. Our investments in world-class infrastructure and services include the government-backed Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), DDE Vault and commitment to the Kimberley Process.
Trade through the DDE has rapidly expanded by building on strong connections with producers in Africa, cutting centres in Asia and consumers in Europe, the US and China. Consequently, our members and global trading partners can trade with complete confidence while accessing new markets.
The Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) is a unique platform that gives you access to a trusted framework for all aspects of diamond trading. As the region’s only trading exchange for diamonds and coloured stones, it is home to some of the world’s most renowned jewellery manufacturers, retailers and traders.
The DDE vault is a state of the art storage facility giving you access to short and long term storage of diamonds, gold, designer jewellery and other precious items. Adhering to the highest global security standards, you can deposit or withdraw goods using a fully automated robotic system in comfort and privacy, at your convenience.
The UAE is the world’s largest re-exporter of tea with a 60% share of the global market. Since the world’s major tea plantations were established in India and Sri Lanka in the early 1900s, Dubai has been a key international gateway for the trade. Its strategic location midway between the tea producers and tea consumers was a natural advantage. In 2013, the total volume of tea traded through Dubai increased to 129 thousand tonnes (US$ 463 million), representing a jump of 34% on trade in 2012. As a tea trade facilitator, we continue to invest in the innovative infrastructure, business services and expertise to help you capitalise on the flow of tea passing through the region.
A dedicated facility combining warehousing, blending and packaging, our tea centre provides comprehensive facilities and convenient solutions for traders who want to maintain a stock for importers in the Middle East and adjacent regions. We process teas from 13 different countries and facilitate the trade of tea to international buyers worldwide.
Developing major new supply chains from Dubai
The Middle East’s love of coffee has long been central to its history and culture of warm hospitality. Today, DMCC is driving a major initiative to position Dubai at the heart of the world’s leading coffee supply chains. Building on the region’s historic trade links, we have launched a series of ambitious developments to expand Dubai’s resources, expertise and influence in the world of coffee.
Our state-of-the-art DMCC Coffee Centre will offer world-class infrastructure and services for green bean storage, processing and delivery of coffee to precise specifications. Bringing fully dedicated, temperature controlled coffee storage to the Middle East region for the first time, it will benefit a wide range of stakeholders including coffee farmers, exporters, traders, roasters and retailers.
By connecting growers and exporters with global markets, the DMCC Coffee Centre will create infinite new trading opportunities. In 2016, for example, DMCC signed a major agreement with Yunnan State Farms – which produces 90% of all coffee grown in China – and its trading partner Mega Capital Halal Group. Enabling the trade and processing of green coffee in Dubai will be pivotal to the operation, opening a major new trade route to bring China’s coffee to the world.
Enabling the global trade in pearls
Long associated with power and purity, pearls have been traded in Dubai since the 7th century. Following rapid growth in the past decade, the DMCC Pearl Exchange has become firmly established as an authoritative international body for promoting trade in a wide variety of natural and cultured pearls from around the world. Operating as an independent platform, it offers you all the convenience of trading pearls from a globally centralised location without any of the formalities or administration involved in setting up a local company.
This initiative was created to stimulate trade in pearls in Dubai, with recent auctions attracting over 100 traders from 20 countries. The first tender of pearls cultured and cultivated in the UAE was held at Almas Tower with pearls from RAK Pearls, the UAE’s only commercial pearl farm.
How the spice trade changed the world
In the early days, the spice trade was the world’s biggest industry; it established and destroyed empires, led to the discovery of new continents and in many ways helped lay the foundation for the modern world. It was its rarity that held up its value, making it one of the most precious commodities of its time.
Today, spice trade is still a key industry, mostly due to a vast use throughout the world. Demand is consistently high, allowing the commodity to maintain its notable position in the market. DMCC foresees the possibilities this trade can bring by making spices more accessible to the world.
A flourishing marketplace for agricultural goods
Demand for significant food imports in the Gulf region alongside local production has created the natural conditions for a strong import and re-export trade and collaborative enterprise in agro commodities. With growing awareness of global food security issues, agro goods occupy an increasingly strategic role in DMCC’s commodities mix.
Our trade covers a broad range of food products as diverse as coffee, cocoa and grains to soya, sugar and spices. From specialist products to everyday staples, we have established a centralised marketplace providing net importers with produce and enabling net exporters to expand their global reach.
Established in 2012, DMCC Tradeflow gives you the flexibility and innovative trade finance options to safeguard the value of your stored stock. It provides you with everything you need to certify commodities for collateralisation and turn your under-utilised resources into assets. We also enable you to transfer the ownership of assets to another party without physical movement of the goods.
We are dedicated to the growth of Dubai as a global centre for trade in agro commodities. Allied to this, in association with Dubai Customs, we offer a wide range of powerful data tools to help you assess the vitality and prospects of different commodities sectors. Equipped with this knowledge, you can therefore take advantage of highly accurate top-level insights into regional trade flow.
With the UAE acting as a key food supplier for the region and other global markets, the DMCC Food Trade Group was formed to address key challenges and help its members to develop and grow their food trade business.
Strengthening the foundations of a fast-growing market
From galvanising to electrical wiring, DMCC plays a key role in supporting growing global demand for base metals. Worldwide, the market is valued at around US$170bn a year. With our strategic location, innovative infrastructure and world-class bulk transport facilities, we are strongly positioned to support regional consumption and provide a bridge between the core supply markets of sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and the Black Sea and the buoyant consumer economies of India and China. Ongoing regional development in refining and construction also continues to drive growth. At the same time, the region is fast emerging as a global centre for aluminium production, accounting for some two-thirds of all aluminium production investment.
Established in 2012, DMCC Tradeflow gives you the flexibility and innovative trade finance options to safeguard the value of your stored stock. It provides you with everything you need to certify commodities for collateralisation and turn your underutilised resources into assets. We also enable you to transfer the ownership of assets to another party without physical movement of the goods.
Fast rising up the global production ranks, Dubai Aluminium and Emirates Aluminium produce about 1.75 million tonnes of aluminium annually, with growth fuelled by demand from the regional construction sector. With world-class bulk transport ports plus high levels of supply and demand, you are assured of a stable trading market with high volumes and boundless opportunities.
Since April 2012, copper has been successfully traded on the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) via the Copper Futures contract. As the world’s third most widely used metal, particularly in electrical applications, copper is listed on a number of major international exchanges.
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