Established in 2003 by Dubai Internet City, the MENA region’s largest ICT hub, First Steps is a unique business centre that facilitates quick access for startups, SMEs and multinationals to the UAE marketplace.
Through the provision of different services including administrative support, licensing and furnished, ready-to-use office spaces, First Steps alleviates the burdens of process for organizations wishing to set up in Dubai, and fosters their growth until they are in a position to expand into a larger commercial office space.
First Step’s strategic location in DIC puts it in proximity to Abu Dhabi, Marina and Downtown areas of Dubai. Additionally, companies’ can also easily access UAE’s metro, bus, taxi and other transportation services due to the convenient location. Organisations based in the DIC business centre can also avail world-class facilities and services, including retailamenities , meeting rooms and hotels, while enjoying access to industry leading ICT companies based in the DIC community.
First Steps has seen some of the world’s most established industry players including RIM, Facebook and Red Hat develop their regional presence from the centre before expanding to DIC commercial office space. First Steps is currently home to 140 startups, SMEs and multinationals.
The services offered to companies include the provision of business visas, employment visas, family residence visas of employees and no objection certificates to embassies and consulates as well as office management, maintenance and guest reception service.
There are 6 easy steps to setting up your Free zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC) and only 4 steps if establishing a Branch Company. These steps are explained in detail in the business set-up guide for Dubai Internet City which is available on our website www.dic.ae.
The First Steps Business Center facilities at Dubai Internet City include:
Executive Desk: A hot desk is perfect for companies that require minimum space to complete office work such as email, browsing, printing and making phone calls. Hot desk clients are eligible only for one visa.
Executive Office: An executive office is a full-fledged furnished office environment, available in different sizes and with a capacity to accommodate between two to seven employees per office.
Companies joining First Steps Business Center are offered choices in the size and location of private office spaces, each with access to the following facilities.
Licenses and Visas
Commercial license valid for one year
Residency visa (the number of visas is dependent on office types)