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Dubai International Academic City (DIAC)

is the world’s only Free Zone dedicated to Higher Education. Established in 2007 as part of TECOM Investments, DIAC aims to develop the region’s talent pool and establish the UAE as a knowledge-based economy.
DIAC is located on a fully-appointed 18 million sq ft. campus with 27 Academic institutions from 11 countries.

The DIAC campus is host to over 16,000 students from over 100 nationalities, showcasing the cosmopolitan and multicultural nature of the region. DIAC students have access to over 300 Higher Education programmes, including Undergraduate and Post Graduate programmes, from fields such as Engineering, IT, Media, Business, Fashion Design, Healthcare, Mass Communications, Media and many more.

DIAC is able to license such segments as Higher Education Providers (Universities, Branch Universities and Junior Colleges), Online Universities, Management Development Centres, Education Service Providers (Academic Support and Student Support Services), Non-Academic Services Providers (Sports Facilities, Libraries, Accommodation) and Free-lancers.

Free Zone Benefits
  • 100% foreign ownership
  • Full repatriation of profits and capital are permitted
  • 100% Tax Free - Guaranteed 50-year exemption from personal, income and corporate taxes
  • Exemption from customs duty for goods and services

Unique Cluster Environment
  • A unique cluster environment where businesses across the industry value chain share a work campus dedicated to their industry, and can interact and collaborate effectively
  • Communities that are anchored by leading global, regional and local names in the industry

World Class Infrastructure
  • State of the art technical and community infrastructure to support and foster the growth of the cluster

Business-friendly environment
  • Simple and streamlined company registration
  • Business-friendly company laws and legal framework
  • One-stop–shop services that provide business partners with a variety of government services , including licensing, visa, traffic and postal services
  • 24-hour visa service
  • Quick access to Knowledge Workers due to fast-track immigration process

DIAC provides flexible solutions for its business partners with support from its loyal customer service team. DIAC has a dedicated Partner Development Team that provides a platform, which supports the exposure, visibility and growth of existing partners within DIAC, by developing initiatives for student recruitment, research and development and organising ongoing education events.

DIAC students are supported by the Student Hub Team. The team organises events for students including sporting, social and cultural events, while also organising all student visa requirements and general activities aimed at enriching student development.

DIAC is also committed to developing a sustainable, environmentally responsible campus. Recently DIAC Phase III achieved a “Green” status and was awarded Silver LEED certification. DIAC provides an established educational environment for your academic institution, catering to students from all around the world.

DIAC offers a variety of products for potential clients:

  • Educational: These plots are meant for building educational institutions (i.e. universities, vocational colleges etc)
  • Mixed-Use: Mixed-use plots can be used for building residential apartments or any mixed use applications.
  • Student Accommodation: Student Accommodation plots are for building accommodation and dormitory facilities for
    universities and colleges.
  • Retail: Retail plots are for shopping centers, super markets etc.
  • Hotel: For building Hotels.

* All the above plots are available for lease of a period of 50 years.

Commercial Floor Space

Our built-up floor space can be used by entities which meet our licensing requirements

Business Center

The DIAC Business Center offers a selection of products and services ranging from hot desk to fully furnished complete office environments.

  • Hot Desk - A Hot desk is a shared office desk that can be used by more than one client. A hot desk is perfect for Freelancers looking to have a space to complete office work such as email, browsing, printing and calling. Hot desk clients are eligible for one visa per freelancer.
  • Executive Desk – Executive Desks are furnished with one desk and chair, and a storage pedestal and cabinet with key. Each open office has a partition running from floor to shoulder height between desks to offer privacy, within a shared environment. Executive Desk clients are eligible for 2 visas per desk. Typical desk cabin size is approximately 100 sq.ft
  • Executive Office (Type 1) - An executive office is furnished with one executive desk and chair, visitor chairs, a storage cabinet and pedestal. Typical office sizes range from 100 to 250 sq ft.
  • Executive Office (Type 2) - The Executive Suite offers a full-fledged furnished office environment, within the Business Centre, which includes once executive table with chairs, visitors couch, a storage cabinet and pedestal. Typical desk cabin size is 281 sq.ft
  • Fitted Out Commercial Space - A Fitted out Commercial Space offers the upper end for a business environment. From open areas fitted with desks, chairs and table, to projectors and audio visual systems, we have something to offer you. All floors are fully carpeted and have false ceilings with full provisions for Internet, telephone, IT services and electricity.
Retail and Kiosk Space
  • Retail – Retail spacing is provided for companies offering support services such as clinics, pharmacies, courier services, beauty salon, money exchange, restaurants etc.
  • Kiosk– Kiosks are small retail outlets for the above mentioned retail providers
  • ATM Machines – Cash machines to serve the DIAC Community

DIAC is looking to expand its operations by bringing in Academic institutions and Universities that fit the region’s workforce demand. With years of experience and a strong commitment to developing the UAE’s Education system, DIAC can be seen as your trusted partner in bringing in the very best in International Education.

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