Free Zones

What is a Free Zone?

A Free Zone located in the United Arab Emirates is a geographical area in which business is conducted without the taxes or restrictions normally applied to foreign businesses. It is an area where goods can be cleared, handled, manufactured or reconfigured, and re-exported without payment of customs duties and import and export taxes- providing vast advantages for trade.

A Free Zone entity can be owned 100% by a foreign individual or Company without the need for Emirati presence (with certain restrictions to this rule, such as if your business is a pharmacy). In this instance, the Dubai Health Authority will require the presence of a UAE National (Emirati) Shareholder in order to issue the required approvals, as an example.

However, the vast majority of trading and serviced-based companies can set-up a in a Free Zone across Dubai and the UAE without any restrictions.

The UAE has approximately 50 Free Zones across it’s seven Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Quwain)- each able to provide you with a business license and a legal address, and other benefits dependent on the package you choose.
Free Zone’s were designed to encourage foreign investment to the UAE providing an easier start-up process as well as labour and immigration procedures with most importantly, 100% ownership for any nationality. Each Free Zone has its own Authority which governs that particular and thus, comes with its own and Rules & Regulations however, fundamentally all Free Zone’s operate via the same core regulations and values.

As a Company operating in a Free Zone you also have the benefit of 100% repatriation of revenue and profits, back to your home Country which is of most importance to foreign investors and business owners in the region.

Free Zones we work with...

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)

DMCC was established in 2002 as a strategic initiative of the Dubai Government and is today home to ...

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Dubai South (DWC)

Dubai South Free Zone is located in Dubai World Central (DWC), part of the Dubai Aviation City Corporation. The complex is a multi-phased ...

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Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)

Established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice ...

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Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone (UAQFTZ)

Short description for umm al quwain uae free zone

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Sharjah Media City (SHAMS)

Sharjah Media City Free Zone is the newest media Free Zone in the UAE, located 5 minutes from Sharjah Airport and 15 minutes from Dubai Airport.

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Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA)

Established in 1985, Jebel Ali Free was the first Free Zone to open in the UAE and has grown to ...

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Fujairah Creative City

Here you will find Creative City- a Free Zone launched in 2007, this Free Zone has incorporated over 10,000 companies.

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Ajman Media City

Ajman Media City Free Zone is the newest free-zone in the United Arab Emirates, located in the Emirate of Ajman- only a 40 minute drive from Dubai.

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