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 across the Middle East and beyond.

Our Services - Your Benefits

Licensing &
Registration Services

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

Today, more than 65 regional and international associations are licensed by DAC and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the licensing authority for the Dubai Association Centre.

Once all the necessary documents have been submitted to Dubai Chamber, the licensing process will take an estimated 6 – 8 weeks but please note that this may take longer should any additional information be requested.

Once your association has been successfully registered under DAC, Dubai Chamber is pleased to offer you the below additional benefits and services:

  • Events and Networking: Members are invited to attend high-level business and networking events.
  • Business Voice: We provide a platform for businesses to voice their concerns and share
    recommendations to relevant government entities.
  • Market Insights: Dubai Chamber provides accurate and reliable reports and data on economic trends and target markets, in addition to credit rating information.
  • 50% discount on facilities bookings including Dubai Chamber meeting Rooms and conference halls accommodating up to 700 people and contacts for F&B services at competitive rates.
  • Access to Dubai Chamber’s E-Library for local and global data.
  • CSR And Sustainability: The Centre for Responsible Business and Sustainability Network provide access to guidelines, toolkits, valuable knowledge on CSR and sustainability issues.
  • Access To International Markets: Our international offices across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the CIS region help our members expand their footprint in promising markets and identify high-potential business opportunities abroad.
  • For further information on the above services please contact:

    Rami Muhanna at Dubai Chamber
    Tel : +971 4 202 8211 or
    Email: rami.muhanna@dubaichamber.com



Serviced Office Packages & Rates

The Offices at One Central provide a prime commercial environment with premium features, including high-quality finishes, generous parking bays, high-speed lifts and ground-floor retail and F&B.

As part of the Dubai World Trade Centre complex, One Central is just a short walk from Dubai Metro and enjoys an ideal position in the pulsating Central Business District. The development’s carefully designed access roads ensure a swift connection to major arteries like Sheikh Zayed Road. One Central is also home to a 588- room Ibis Hotel and a growing collection of restaurants and cafés, including a 25hours Hotel currently under construction. The Dubai Association Centre is located on Level 2 of The Offices 2.

The services offered within the serviced office packages are:

  • Furnished office suites and Hot Desks with lockers
  • Membership of the private World Trade Club on the 33rd Floor of Sheikh Rashid Tower
  • Reception and message taking services available from 8.00am to 5.00pm Sunday to Thursday
  • 24 hour security and access to individual office with personal key
  • Water, air-conditioning, lighting, power and full maintenance
  • Daily housekeeping services
  • Three meeting rooms
  • Provision of telephone, incorporating main reception number and private IDD lines in each office and telefax
  • Collection and distribution of incoming mail
  • Access to photocopying, binding and shredding facilities
  • Daily local newspapers provided in main reception area
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • UAE directory

Visas and HR Services if required*

Other services that Dubai Association Centre can provide are:

  • Work visas for staff at an additional cost
  • Payroll
  • Health Insurance at an additional cost
  • End of service gratuities
  • No-objection Letters included as part of the administrative fee paid by the First Party per employee per year
  • Salary Letters included as part of the administrative fee paid by the First Party per employee per year

For further information on the serviced office packages and rates, please contact:

Fatima Ezzahra Mounzih, Manager – Conference & Association Sales
Tel: +97143086714 or
Email: Fatima.Mounzih@dwtc.com



Assistance with business events in Dubai

Dubai Business Events is the official convention bureau for Dubai. As a division of Dubai Tourism (DTCM) our main goal is to establish Dubai as a premier business event destination by promoting the destination and attracting international meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions that can help grow economic development, jobs and knowledge creation in the emirate.

Our team of highly specialized professionals has extensive knowledge about Dubai and can offer free and impartial advice, guidance and support to business event organizers in planning business events in the emirate.

To help plan and ensure that your business event gets off to a successful start, we provide the following services to associations established at Dubai Association Centre:

  • Availability check at hotels and venues
  • Obtaining proposals and quotes from venues and other local service suppliers
  • Blocking hotel rooms and venues
  • Planning and hosting of site inspections
  • Assistance with the appointment of local PCOs, DMCs or other service providers
  • Recommendations for social events and additional activities
  • Development of pre- and post-tour programme
  • Introductions to local industry and government contacts
  • Access to promotional collateral, videos, images and brochures about Dubai
  • Complimentary visitor guides for delegates
  • Visitor information booths for large events
  • Destination web links to conference registration website

Our services are considered among the best in the international meeting industry. As part of our membership of the BestCities Global Alliance, we strive to deliver the world’s best service experience for organisers of international business events.

There’s no charge for our services and you have full control over how much involvement you want or need from us.

For further information on the above please contact:

Steen Jakobsen
Assistant Vice President
Dubai Business Events & City Operations
Tel: +971 6005 55559 or



Association Management

As an association incorporated within the Dubai Association Centre, you can avail the services of DAC’s association management company – MCI Group. MCI is pleased to offer the below services based on your requirements:

  • Strategic Planning and Operations
  • Market and Business Development
  • Integrated Member Services
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Creative & IT services
  • Conference Management

MCI will also offer assistance in defining go-to-market strategies and deploying a feasibility study and business plan for associations to define the best way forward when expanding in the Middle East.

For further information on MCI please contact:

Ajay Bhojwani, Managing Director
MCI Middle East LLC
Tel: +971 4 311 6300 or
Email: Ajay.Bhojwani@mci-group.com




Please find below a list of associated fees for the services of setting up an association under DAC.

Licensing and Registration            AED 5,000.00 (per annum)

Rental of Office Space                   AED 225.00 (per sq. ft. per annum)

Hot Desk Facility                            AED 20,000 (Per annum)

New Employee Visa Costs:

Particulars Entry Permit Change Status Normal Medical with courier Visa Stamping Emirates ID Total
Inside Country* 1,076 576 270 576 370 2,868
Outside Country 406 270 576 370 1,622


Why Join DAC?

They facilitated us to grow in an exponential way. Our hub in Dubai is the biggest worldwide because of the support we are having with DAC.

Khalid Ismail

Chairman, The Marketing Society Middle East

DAC allows associations to run their business in
a more stress-free 

Senthil Gopinath


They go beyond their call of duty to let associations know what's happening. We always leave enriched when we leave the DAC meetings.

Sanjay Duggal

Vice-President Business Development, Middle East and Africa Franchise Association