Business Setup :
43 free zones in the UAE: Find the right one for your new business
There are over 20 free zones in Dubai alone and each caters to a specific business category;
If you want to have 100 percent ownership of your company, regardless of type of business, you need to opt for a license and location in one of the many free zones of UAE.
They are designed to encourage foreign investment with easier start-up processes, labour and immigration procedures, 100 per cent ownership for all nationalities and other legal services. Each free zone has its own authority and its own rules, which are applicable to investors looking to set up firm in those zones.
1. Allows 100 per cent foreign national ownership of firm with no requirement of local sponsor or local service agent.
2. Waiver of corporate taxes (time-bound and renewable for further periods).
3. Exemption from personal taxes as well as import and export taxes.
4. 100 per cent repatriation of revenue and profits.
5. Documentation is less and more suited to foreign investors.
6. Long-term leasing options (up to 25 years) available at great terms to investors.
7. Recruitment and workforce processes are simplified, faster and cheaper.
8. Easy availability of legal, housing, immigration, labour and other facilities.
9. Incorporation is faster than when done outside free zones
10. 100 per cent free transfer of funds
List of free zones Dubai
1. Dubai Airport Free Zone
2. Dubai Auto Zone
3. Dubai Cars and Automotive Zone
4. Dubai Design District
5. Dubai Flower Centre
6. Dubai Gold and Diamond Park
7. Dubai Healthcare City
8. Dubai Industrial City
9. Dubai International Academic City
10. Dubai International Financial Centre
11. Dubai Internet City
12. Dubai Knowledge Park
13. Dubai Logistics City
14. Dubai Maritime City Authority
15. Dubai Media City
16. Dubai Multi Commodities Centre
17. Dubai Outsource Zone
18. Dubai Science Park
19. Dubai Silicon Oasis
20. Dubai Studio City
21. Dubai Techno Park (New name: National Industries Complex)
22. Dubai Textile City
23. Energy and Environment Park
24. International Humanitarian City
25. Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority
26. Jumeirah Lakes Towers Free Zone
27. Dubai Production City
List of Free Zones in Abu Dhabi
1. Abu Dhabi Airport Business City
2. Abu Dhabi Global Market
3. Abu Dhabi Ports Company
4. Higher corporation for specialized economic zones/ ZonesCorp
5. Industrial City of Abu Dhabi
6. Masdar City
List of Free Zones in Sharjah
1. Hamriya Free Zone Authority
2. Sharjah Airport Free Zone Authority
3. USA Regional Trade Center Free Zone
List of the Free Zones in Fujairah
1. Creative City Fujairah
2. Fujairah Free Zone Authority
List of Free Zones in Ras Al Khaimah
1. RAK Investment Authority Free Zone
2. RAK Maritime City
3. Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone
4. Ras Al Khaimah Media Free Zone