Dubai Knowledge Village

Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV) is a vibrant, connected learning community that aims to develop the region’s talent pool and accelerate its move into the knowledge–driven economy. 

It was set up to position the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone (TECOM) as a centre of excellence in learning and innovation. This free zone was established to complement its TECOM sister entities: Dubai Internet City (DIC-the IT hub) and Dubai Media City (DMC-the media hub) 

Dubai Knowledge Village has provided the infrastructure to develop, share and apply knowledge. In addition, DKV facilities, promotes, and introduced e-learning in education and training through out the Middle East. In summery, the KV community is striving to create a culture and an access to life long learning. 

THE DKV COMMUNITY CONSISTS OF:

  • International academic institute
  • Academic services and support providers
  • Professional training centers
  • Management development centers
  • E-learning contents /systems/service providers
  • Research and development centers
  • Innovation centers
  • Training and educational free lancers

Dubai knowledge village currently houses 200 institutions, and 15 of them are prominent international universities with 6,000 students presently enrolled. 

LOCATION

DKV is located adjacent to the DMC and the DIC Al Sofouh Road which runs parallel to Sheikh Zayad Road. There is access to DKV from Sheikh Zayed Road through DMC & DIC as well. 

INCENTIVES

DKV’s location allows for closer collaboration and information sharing between the business communities at DMC & DIC, and the learning community at DKV. Students and Universities will be located literally next door to these two vibrant hubs increasing the chance of student employment post completion of their studies. Business at DMC and DIC will also be provided with capable employees due to close collaboration and information sharing between these three free zones. 

In addition, KDV offers the following benefits:

  • Business-and-education-enabling physical infrastructure
  • Shared facilities
  • Modern class rooms and lectures
  • Computer labs
  • Conference hall and meeting rooms
  • Auditoriums
  • Sport facilities including a volleyball court, basketball court, soccer pitch and gymnasium
  • A food court and commercial facilities
  • Student administrative support and social development programs provided by the department of student services and programs (DSSP)
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ACTIVITIES ALLOWED BY THE FREE ZONE


The following are the core business that Dubai knowledge village authority can license.
 

FREELANCE PERMITS:

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  • Trainer: Individual providing training to professional in the area of IT, Media business and management logistics, Languages etc.
  • Tutor/coach: Individual coaching students on any curriculum specific to secondary tertiary education.
  • Learning adviser: individual offering clearing support services
  • Researcher: Individual conducting research in various fields.
  • Educational supports services: Individual providing various services for the education system such as entrance exam coaching, curriculum design, application assistance, etc.
  • Human Resource Advisor: Individual who provides Human Resource services including recruitment and placement.
  • Innovation center: companies providing consultancy, training, technical support to individual or organization

REAL ESTATE (UNITS & PRICES)

COMMERCIAL OFFERS

All commercial office spaces are rented at Dhs 110 (US$ 30) per sq.ft. 

Open Offices:

All open offices are furnished with one executive desk, one chair a storage pedestal and cabinet with key. Each open offices has partition running from floor to shoulder height between desks to offer privacy, within a shared environment 

Rental rates:

Dhs 12,000/-9US$3,266) per desk, charged annually PLUS Dhs 5,000/-(US$1,361 ) to be paid in advance for each office. The deposit is refundable provided that the terms of lease agreements have been honored. 

Executive Offices:

All offices are furnished with one executive desk, a chair, 2 visitor chairs, a storage cabinet and a pedestal. Office sizes range from 91-178sq.ft 

Rental rates:

Dhs 280/-(US$76)per sq ft, yearly payment plan (3 post-dated cheques required) cheques required) 

In addition to the rent payment, a security deposit of Dhs 10,000/-(US$2,722 ) is to be paid in advanced for each office. The deposit is refundable provided that the terms of the lease agreements have been honored. 

Executive Suite:

the executive suite (501 sq ft ) offers a fully–fledged furnished office environment, within the DKV business centre, which includes an Executive office, a private reception area and a small meeting room for six persons. 

Rental rates:

Dhs 225/-(US$ 61 ) per sq ft monthly payment plan (3 post-dated cheques required)

OR

Dhs 225/-(US$69) per sq.ft, monthly payment plan (12 post-dated cheques required) In addition to the rent payment, we require a security deposit of Dhs 15,000/- (US$ 4,083) to be paid in advance for the suite. The deposit is refundable provided that the terms of the lease agreement have been honored. 

UTILITIES

Dhs 3(US$ 0.82) per square foot, per annum.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

DKV provides companies with the most advanced infrastructure and state-of-art technologies including telephony, Hosting services, Local area networking, wide area networking and internet services 

TELEPHONY SERVICES

DKV’s voice infrastructure has been built on IP technology. This technology allows for data, voice and video to be transmitted over a single IP-based network infrastructure. Combining multiple types of traffic on single network connection reduce cost of investment in the separate networks and the complexity in managing and maintaining both networks. 

HOSTING SERVICES

DKV hosting facility provides the environment needed to keep business partner server and applications 24 hours a day seven days a week .system deployed include :infrastructure system, security system and fire systems. 

LOCAL AREA NETWORKING

DKV offers its business partner a high performance communications platform for data networking. Local area networks are implemented using VLAN technology. A virtual or logical LAN is a local area network with a definition that maps workstations on some basis other then geographic location (by department, type of user, or primary application) 

WIDE AREA NETWORKING

DKV has the infrastructure needed to deliver any connectivity solution. Our reach extends beyond the UAE to almost every major city in the world. 

Internet services 

DKV provides its parents with internet services that have been designed to enable companies to compete in the internet economy. Business partners benefit from the most competitive operative cost in the region thanks to reduced IT and telecommunications tariffs. Should you subscribe to any IT and telecom service you will be billed at the end of each month. Payment for service bills is required within 14th days of issuance 

SERVICE DESCRIPTION:

Package 1 Monthly charges
2 Mbps connection + 2 GB transfer rate per month.
1 IP Addresses + 1 e-mail addresses
1 VLAN+1 access port
1 Cisco 7940 phone with direct line & voice mail
Dubai phone calls free, “0” calls @ Etisalat less 20 %
Dhs 320/-(US$87)per month
Dhs 50/-(US$14) per additional GB traffic
Dhs 100/-(US$27)for installation;
Dhs 115/-(US$31 )for deactivation

Package 2 monthly charges
4 Kbps connection(Unlimited bandwidth)
11 Ip address+ 1 email address
1 VLAN+1 access port
1 Cisco 7940 phone with direct line & voice mail
Dubai phone calls free, “0” calls @ Etisalat less 20 %
Dhs 240/-(US$65)per month
Dhs 50/-(US$14)per additional GB traffic
Dhs100/-(US$27)for installation
Dhs115/-(US$31)for deactivation

Analogue line**Monthly charges
Direct line allocated
Can be used for telephone or fax
Dubai phone calls free, “0” calls @ Etisalat less20%
Dhs 65/-(US$18)per month
Dhs 150/-(US$41)for installation
Dhs20/-(US$ 5)for deactivation

Hardware rental
Desk Top PC
Lap Top PC
Dhs 500/-(US$136 )monthly
Dhs 750 (US$204)monthly
(daily rates also available)
Dhs20/-(US$ 5)for deactivation

Additional services
ISDN lines
Upgrade of monthly transfer rate
Domain Registration & domain e-mail

Business partners are liable for all traffic generated from their IP address, we recommend that you arrange for a suitable firewall to protect yourself. 

No internet connection is provided with this service. Using a dial up service is prohibited 

Note : 48 Hours are required for the provisional of all IT and telecom services 

Post box fees

POBIOX application
You will need a collect a form, which is available from government services, and complete it, attaching a copy of your valid trade license. 

Renewal of P.O Box
You will need a collect a form, which is available from government services. And complete it attaching a copy of your valid trade license. 

Other Services

GOVERNMENT SERVICES

We also help companies reduce the hassle of obtaining the following government services/permits: 

  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Telephone and internet connections for residence
  • Private Post boxes
  • Authentication of documents from the ministry of foreign affairs
  • Customs duty-exemption on import of office equipment

DKV BUSINESS CENTRE

The DKV business centre offers fully furnished, serviced and spacious business units ideal for knowledge- focused professional looking to operate out of Dubai without the inconvenience bureaucratic red tape. The flexible leasing terms accommodate the short or long terms need of individual clients, and independent professional. 

The contemporary interior design of the DKV business centre reflects the ambience of Dubai Knowledge Village optimizing vibrant shades, textures and designs to project a professional cooperate image, whilst keeping with the educational theme. Here you will find a knowledge community that will promote the growth of talent, ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship. 

SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE ANNUAL FEES:

  • Guest reception services
  • Office management and maintenance
  • Air conditioning, Lighting and power
  • 24 hours security
  • Daily house keeping service
  • Daily collection and distribution of mail and faxes
  • Access to local daily Arabic and English newspapers
  • Use of lounge Area

We offer a wide range of support to our business partners. Should you incur charges administrative service rendered you will be billed at the end of the month 

Payment of service bills is required within 14 days of issuance. 

Documents processing tariff list:

Service Description Cost
Photocopy-A4/A3 Dhs 1/-(US$0.27 )to Dhs 0.25 (US$0.07 )depending on copy volume
Monthly black and white printing Dhs 150 (US$ 41 )
Per black and white print cost Dhs 0.50 (US$ 0.14 )
Per print color printing-A4 Dhs 7.50 ( US$2 )
Faxes-within the UAE Dhs 0.25 (US$ 0.07 ) per page
Faxes-international At Etisalat actual plus 15 % (one minute increments)
Binding Dhs15/- (US$ 4)per month
Lamination Dhs 10/-(US$3 )per sheet
Transparency Dhs15/- (US$ 4)per month

Administrative services tariff list

Service Description Cost
Telephone Operate service Dhs 500/- (US$ 136 ) per month
Secretarial support Dhs 35/- (US$ 10 ) per hour
Typing Dhs 15/- (US$ 4 ) per page (English) 
Dhs20/- ( US$5 )per page Arabic

Training Room Tariff list:

Sxcluding AV equipment Including AV equipment
Hourly Dhs 50/-(US$14 ) Dhs 100/-(US$27 )
Half day Dha 300/0 (US$82) Dhs 450/- (US$ 122)
Full day Dhs 500/- (US$136 ) Dhs 650/- (US$ 177)

Others

Service description Cost
Office supplies A comprehensive list of supplies
Postage stamps Available charged at actual
Express courier services Discount rates available through DHL

CONFERENCE FACILITIES:

Dubai knowledge village offers a variety of conference centre facilities on campus. They include an auditorium, exhibition hall and conference room all equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video presentation equipment. In addition, the meeting rooms, class rooms and computer laboratory are ideal for daily use. We also offer our event management services to cater to small and big events like seminars, Conference, Exhibitions, and product launches. 

HOSPITALITY SERVICES

A large portfolio of hotel accommodation is available from VIP business suits to beach front resorts. The hospitality team can arrange airport pickups, transfers to hotels and complimentary flowers on arrival. A variety of hours are on offer for corporate and social groups, and preferential rates of car hire companies to insure a reliable and safe service. Expatriate relocation packages offer a full introduction to Dubai, as well as in assistance in choosing housing, education, health care and home maintenance services. Other services provided by the department include: Cake orders, restaurant reservation, flower orders, transportation to/from DKV, health club membership, tours and excursions, desert safaris, Golf reservation, and corporate gifts.

The Events team at DKV will organize the venue, coordinate with suppliers such as caterers and audiovisual technicians provide vital logistics support for the events ensuring that it runs smoothly. They also coordinate visas for visiting guests and colleagues from overseas. Possible events are as follows: corporate parties, Theatrical events, Music concerts, Aware ceremonies, Festive events and conferences. A range of vanes for various forums and services can be made available i.e meeting rooms, Conference facilities, Press conferences, seminars, Training forums, Exhibitions, Art & photography, product launches and promotional displays. 

STAFF SPONSORSSHIPS

Dubai Knowledge Village ensures hassle-free, single-window completion of formalities for business partners at the DKV business centre, this includes the issuance at the DKV ID cards, health cards, Entry permits, Visit visas, visa extension, and renewals, entry permits and residency permits for dependents and maids as well. A person sponsored by the business centre are charged an Annual Membership fee, which include the residency visa, The annual membership fee applicable is Dhs 1,660/-(US$452) per person payable on the anniversary of the residence visa issuance. 

BUSINESS OWNERS:

Shareholders in Dubai knowledge village and registered companies qualify for sponsorship at the DKV business centers so long as they are working for the company. To clarify, merely holding shares in a FZ LLC does not automatically qualify you for sponsorship. The annual sponsorship charge is Dhs 2,500(US$ 680) is to be paid with every visa application 

EMPLOYEES

Partners operating from DKV business centre are entitled to hire personnel to assist them in the running of their business. The number of employees allowed depend on the office type and size. The cost of employee sponsorship also varies. Ladies working in the zone who are there on her fathers and/or husbands sponsorships may apply for non-sponsored staff ID card count this towards total allotment of employees. The employees sponsorship fee is an annual charge 

EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUSINESS PARTNERS

Executive Office between 91-100sq ft =2employees allowed
Executive suite, 501 sq ft = 6 employees allowed
Open office business partners=2employees allowed
Free lancers do not quality as employees.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR SPONSORSHIP:

  • Personal sponsorship agreements (PSA)
  • Employment contract
  • Entry permit application forms
  • Passport copies
  • Copies of universities degree for managerial staff
  • Cancellation documents of current visa (if applicable )


Dubai knowledge village helps companies obtain different types of residence and entry permits for their employees’. These include:
 

  • Employment /residence entry permit
  • Transit visa only for business purpose
  • Visit visa (for business and professional purpose)
  • Student visa only for academic institution i.e approved universities

The following government operations services are also available to business partners incorporated in Dubai Knowledge Village only: 

1. STUDENT RESIDENCY PACKAGE (NEW STUDENTS):

Include entry permits, ID card, medical fitness, Health card, & residence permit stamping 

REQUIREMENT

  • Entry permit from duly filled and signed by the authorized signatory
  • 2 passport copies
  • 8 color photographs
  • DKV training institute course fee receipt (copy)
  • Fee: Dhs 850 (US$ 231) for normal processing
  • Urgent processing: requires an additional Dhs 150 (US$41 )
  • Residence package for students is valid for 1 year.

2. STUDENTS RESIDENCY PACKAGE RENEWAL

Include entry permit, ID card, Medical fitness, Health card & residence permit Stamping. 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Entry permit from dull filled and signed by an authorized signatory
  • 2 passport copies
  • 8 color photographs
  • DKV training institute course fee receipt (copy )
  • Fee: Dhs 850 (US$ 231 )for normal processing
  • Urgent processing: requires an additional Dhs 150 (US$41 )
  • Residence package for students is valid for 1 year.

3. STUDENTS ENTRY PERMITS (RENEWAL)

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Original Entry permit
  • Company letter requesting renewal
  • Fee: Dhs 280 (US$76)
  • The renewal is valid for 60 days from the date of issue.

4. RESIDENCE STAMPING AFTER ARRIVAL:

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Original passport and 2 copiest
  • Original Entry permit and two copies
  • Fee: Zero

It is advisable to submit the above within seven days of arrival in Dubai, residence stamping should be completed within 60 days to avoid an over stay fine 

5. STUDENT VISIT VISA (NEW STUDENT)

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Entry permit from dully filled and designed by authorized signatory
  • 2 passport copies
  • DKV training institute course fee receipt (copy)
  • Fee: Dhs 275 (US$ 75)
  • Urgent processing: requires an additional Dhs150 (US$ 41)

Visit visa has validity of 60 days from the date of issue and an additional 60 days from date of arrival in Dubai 

6 .VISIT VISA (RENEWAL)

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Original visit visa with the arrival stamp
  • Original passport
  • Company letter requesting for extension and explanation for extension
  • Fee Dhs 800 (US$ 218)
  • Urgent processing :additional Dhs 150 (US$)

Visit visa can be extended for an additional 30 days pending approval, however application for extension should be made one week before the 60 days elapses 

7. VISIT VISA (EXTENSION)

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Original visit visa with the arrival stamps
  • Original passport
  • Company letter requesting for extension and explanation for extension
  • Fee: Dhs 800 (US$218)
  • Urgent processing : Additional Dhs 150 (US$41)

8. TRANSIT VISA (14 DAYS VISA)

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Entry permits from dully filled and signed by the authorized signatory
  • 2 passport copies
  • DKV training institute course fee receipt (copy)
  • Transit visa will be submitted at the airport. Flight details to be provided before arrival
  • Fee Dhs 200 (US$ 54) for normal processing
  • Urgent processing requires an additional Dhs 150 (US$ 41)

A transit visa is valid for 14 days from date of issue. After arrival, the guest has 14 days to reside in Dubai but must exit on the 15th day to avoid overstay fine of Dhs 100 (US$ 27) per day 

9. 96-HOURS VISA

This service is currently under negotiation and has not been finalized 

BANKING FACILITIES

All of Jebal Ali Free Zone banking facilities are available at a 15 minutes drive away from DMC. In addition there are branches of the following banks available at TECOM 

National bank of Dubai
Emirate bank 
Dubai Islamic bank
Standard charted bank 

Types of trade license is available and fees per annum

Free zone limited liability company (FZLLC):
The minimum required paid up capital for an FZLLC incorporation is Dhs 50,000/- (US$ 13,609 )
Trade license Dhs 15,000/- (US$ 4,083) –annually
Registration Dhs 3,500/- (US$ 953)-on time payment
Branch of local foreign company:
To open office branch at Dubai knowledge village, the parent company must be at least two year old
Trade license Dhs 15,000/-(US$4,083)annually
Registration Dhs 3,500/-(US$ 953) one time payment

FREE LANCE PERMIT

Exclusively available to business centre partners, it has the ability to operate as free lancer professional. The freelancer permit identifies you as a sole practitioner and enable you to conduct in your business in your birth name as opposed to a brand name The Free lance permits Dhs 8,000/-(US$ 2,177) annually 

UNIVERSITY LICENSE

Available to universities whose approval has been granted to locate at KV University license Dhs 100,000/– –(US$ 27,218) –Annually 

ESTABLISHING A DUBAI KNOWLEDGE VILLAGE COMPANY

DKV offers business partners quick and incorporation services to provide them with the legal structure required to set up their business, whether the venture is new or existing, small or large, Dubai Knowledge Village insurance that a business partner’s first step in establishing themselves in the community are successful. Dubai Knowledge Village provides, for a fee specimen copies of a key legal documents like the memorandum of association (MOA) Articles of association (AOA) , and board resolution 

Prospective clients based overseas can send of attorney, the documents have to be notarized by notary public in the country of original and attested by the UAE embassy/consulate or embassies of any country recognized by the UAE. Once the basic formalities have been completed, DKV will issues the certificate of incorporation and sharing certificate within the one hour.

Cost of set up (AT-a-glance )
Minimum capital requirements Dhs 50,000 (US$ 13,609)
General trade licens Dhs 15,000 (US$ 4,083)per annum
Registration branch office Dhs 3,500 (US$ 953) one time fee
Registration (FZC LLC) Dhs 3,500 (US$ 953)one time fee
Fee for one employee Dhs 1,660/- (US$ 452) (including
Entry Permit, company employment card,
Year. Medical and residence visa for three

The following documents are required from the applicant before an incorporation certificate and license can be issued. They will need to be notarized and attested as indicated)and KV reserves the right to ask for extra attestation by the UAE embassy or any embassies where necessary. 

TYPES OF COMPANY LEGALLY ALLOWED OPERATING IN THE DUBAI KNOWLEDGE VILLAGE:

Business partners can incorporate in three ways:

Branch of foreign company (any offshore company should be at least two years old to be incorporated by Dubai Knowledge village ) 

Branch of UAE ed company (Including other UAE free zone licenses) or as a free zone limited liability company (FZLLC) 

Check list of legal documents required for branch of a foreign company 

  • 1. Certificate of registration of the company OR original certificate of good standing of the company –Attested and notarized
  • 2. Memorandum and articles of association–Attested
  • 3. Application form for registration
  • 4. Board resolution of the company calling for the establishment of the branch in TECOM and guaranteeing full financial commitment –Attested and Notarized
    • a. Appointment of the negotiator or legal representative
    • b. Manager director /secretary
    • c. Power of attorney for manager –Notarized (if not of the Resolution)
    • d. Specimen of signature for manager –notarized (if not part of the resolution)

VALID PASSPORT –COPY

Note

  • 1. All legal documents that are more then one page, need to be sealed
  • 2. specimen of board resolution can be obtained from registration and licensing department of TECOM

CHECK LIST OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR A FREE ZONE COMPANY (FZ_LLC_- CORPORATE PERSONS AS SHAREHOLDERS


If the applicant is an Non-individual

  • 1. certificate of registration of company or original certificate of good standing of the company –notarized
  • 2. Memorandum and articles of association–Attested
  • 3. Application form for registration
  • 4. Board resolution of the company calling for the establishment of the branch in TECOM and guaranteeing full financial commitment –Attested and Notarized
    • a. appointment of negotiator or legal representative manager/directors /secretary
    • b. Power of attorney for the manager /Director/secretary –Notarized (if not part of the resolution)
    • c. Specimen of signature for manager /Director/secretary–Notarized (if not part of the resolution)
  • 5. Valid passport of manager / Director/secretary –copy
  • 6. Proof of capital (no minimum) from any bank within the UAE–Minimum 1 share of Dhs 1,000(US$ 272 )
  • 7. Bank letter verifying bank account details (Contact KV in order to get a bank letter to open a bank account )

Note:

  • 1. All legal documents that are more then one page need to be sealed.
  • 2. Specimen of resolution/board resolution are from the registration and licensing department of TECOM

CHECK LIST OF THE LEGAL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR A FREE ZONE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (FZ-LLC)-NATURAL PERSON AS SHARE HOLDERS


If the applicant is an individual 

  • 1. Applicants personal profile, including his/her business background
  • 2. Specimen of applicant’s signature
    • d. If signed abroad, it ill need to be notarized
    • e. If in Dubai, it can be signed before the TECOM registrar
  • 3. Valid passport –copy
  • 4. Original letter of recommendation by a bank
  • 5. Application form for registration
  • 6. Resolution stating the following (specimen can be provided):
    • f. Appointment of the negotiator or legal represented / manager / Director/of FZ-LLc)- notarized
    • g. Power of attorney for manager –notarized (if not part of the resolution)
  • 7. Specimen of the signature of manager/Directors- Notarized (if not part of the Resolution)
  • 8. Valid passport for manager and director –copy
  • 9. Proof of capital(no minimum) from any bank within the UAE-minimum 1 share of Dhs 1,000,00 (US$ 272)
  • 10. Bank letter verifying bank account details (Contact DKV in order to get a bank letter to open a bank account )

Note

  • 1. All legal documents that are more then one page need to be sealed.
  • 2 .Specimen are available of Resolution/Board resolution from the registration and licensing department of TECOM