Dubai Association Centre

The Dubai Association Centre is a gateway to the world’s fastest growing economies — offering an ideal setting for global associations to expand within industries and sciences across the Middle East and beyond.

The Dubai Association Centre (DAC) has been established by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dubai Business Events (part of Department for Tourism and Commerce Marketing) and the Dubai World Trade Centre, to offer assistance for the establishment of non-profit, apolitical and nonreligious professional associations and trade bodies in the Emirate of Dubai.

Over the past two decades, Dubai has become the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia headquarters for many multinational organisations – and consequently a growing number of international associations have come together in the Emirate to meet, exchange knowledge and network.

DAC offers a formal environment for associations to establish in Dubai allowing practitioners within a common industry or profession who are registered in the Emirate to form a member-based association. Furthermore, DAC provides the framework for international associations to open a regional representative office in Dubai in order to conduct business in the UAE and beyond.

As a result, associations are now able to benefit from economies of scale, experience in the association marketplace, flexibility and adaptability, buying power and centralised facilities of the Dubai Association Centre.

Service procedure

  • Approaching Dubai Chamber through available Channels and submitting DAC application
  • Official Letter addressed to the Chairman of Dubai Chamber outlining the decision by the association’s Board of Directors
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Highlighting the name of the Executive Director, or the designated person to manage the association
  • Providing the names of all existing members of the association residing in the UAE
  • Providing a profile on the proposed activates to be carried out by the association
  • Providing an Annual Financial Report

Service Requirement

Regional or International presence

Service fee

AED 5,000

Service channels

  • Dubai Chamber premises
  • Website

Service average completion time

3-4 months

Targeted Customers

Regional and global associations

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