October 1, 2019. Dubai. Commercial companies registered in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) can operate in mainland Dubai as part of new regulations introduced in free zone in partnership with the Department of Economic Development (DED), Dubai.
Companies interested in expanding their operations in the mainland can do so through a two-step process. First, apply for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the free zone's regulator, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory (DHCR). And second, obtain a commercial permit from DED.
Commenting on the ongoing partnership, Dr. Ramadan AlBlooshi, Chief Regulatory Officer, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, said, "We work closely with DED to identify initiatives and areas of cooperation that will enhance Dubai's competitive business environment and strengthen Dubai's position as a preferred investment destination."
Several eligible segments such as consultancies and healthcare management companies in DHCC will benefit, added Dr. AlBlooshi, and said, "The commercial permits will support business growth between our free zone and the mainland."
Omar AlMeheiri, Director of Development and Follow up in the Business Registration & Licensing (BRL) sector, DED, said: "The agreement reflects the shared commitment of the various authorities in Dubai to provide a supportive environment for businesses in line with global best practices and standards. Such co-operation will help achieve the vision of the Government of Dubai in developing the various economic sectors and creating a competitive investment environment capable of positioning the emirate as a global financial and business centre. DED aims to facilitate business licensing procedures for investors through such partnerships".
About Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC)
Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) is an economic free zone that was established in 2002 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The free zone is governed by government entity Dubai Healthcare City Authority and regulated by independent body Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory.
Over the past 16 years, DHCC's responsive regulatory framework and high clinical standards have attracted top names in healthcare and medical education. Today, global names such as the UK's Moorfields Eye Hospital, American multinational Johnson & Johnson as well as South Africa's leading private hospital group Mediclinic, have set up in DHCC. Regional leaders Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group offer specialist patient services. The free zone is also home to one of the youngest medical universities in the country – the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical University of Medicine and Health Sciences which opened in 2014 and is the only institute in the UAE to receive the prestigious American College of Surgeons accreditation.
The free zone's healthcare community thrives alongside a network of businesses from hospitality to consultancies and retail outlets. DHCC continues to remain the base for regional headquarters, and as of 2019, close to a 100 global names operate in the free zone.
Located in the heart of Dubai, DHCC comprises two phases. Phase 1 occupying 9 million square feet in Oud Metha is an established community dedicated to healthcare and medical education. DHCC Phase 2 expansion, currently under development, occupies 19 million square feet in Al Jaddaf Dubai; it is dedicated to wellness with its scenic location overlooking the wetland reserve Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary and Dubai Water Canal that links the Dubai Creek natural seawater inlet of the Arabian Gulf.