Freezone Business Formation in UAE



Free Zone Incorporation


In the last few years, many Free Zones have emerged throughout the UAE with much success. Free Zone Authorities typically offer different types of legal entities depending on the nature of the activity to be carried out, including Commercial, Industrial or Professional, depending also on whether the entity is wholly owned by one person (Free Zone Establishment) or to be owned by two or more persons (Free Zone Company). It is also possible to incorporate a branch of an existing local or foreign company in a Free Zone.

There are at least fifteen plus Free zones in the Dubai. The oldest and the most popular FREE ZONE is the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA). Free Zone is suitable for manufacturing and/or sell outside U.A.E. or sell in U.A.E. through an Agent, individual or company having a valid license. The selection of Free Zone depends on the type of activities (internet, Automotive etc.) and facilities (warehouse, airport etc) required by the Legal Entity


Salient features

100% foreign ownership of business
100% repatriation of capital and profits
100% ownership of business premises
No local sponsorship requirement
No personal income & corporate taxes for a period of 50 years
All shipment of goods is exempt from Customs duty with no time limit.
Land, infrastructure, Energy, Staff accommodation, and community housing available
Pre-built offices, warehouse/factories available
Mortgage of owned premises on leased land possible.
No limit on the type of activity
Administrative procedure is simple and is promptly handled by Free Zone authorities


Free Zones in Dubai

Dubai Airport Free Zone

Dubai Auto Zone

Dubai Cars and Automotive Zone

Dubai Design District

Dubai Flower Centre

Dubai Gold and Diamond Park

Dubai Healthcare City

Dubai Industrial City

Dubai International Academic City

Dubai International Financial Centre

Dubai Internet City

Dubai Knowledge Park

Dubai Logistics City

Dubai Maritime City Authority

Dubai Media City

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre

Dubai Outsource Zone

Dubai Science Park

Dubai Silicon Oasis

Dubai Studio City

Dubai Techno Park (New name: National Industries Complex)

Dubai Textile City

Energy and Environment Park

International Humanitarian City

Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority

Jumeirah Lakes Towers Free Zone

Dubai Production City


Free Zones in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Airport Business City

Abu Dhabi Global Market

Abu Dhabi Ports Company

Higher corporation for specialized economic zones/ ZonesCorp

Industrial City of Abu Dhabi

Masdar City





Free Zones in Sharjah

Hamriya Free Zone Authority

Sharjah Airport Free Zone Authority

Sharjah Media city FZ (Shams)

USA Regional Trade Center Free Zone



Free Zones in Fujairah

Creative City Fujairah

Fujairah Free Zone Authority

Fujairah International Free Zone


Free Zones in Ras Al Khaimah

RAK Investment Authority Free Zone

RAK Maritime City

Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone

Ras Al Khaimah Media Free Zone



Ajman Free Zone
Umm Al Quwain FZ



In choosing a Free Zone, many factors should be considered, some of which are:

  • Facilities offered
  • Leasing option
  • Export suitability
  • Types of Business Enterprises
  • Minimum rent of the Office
  • Minimum size of the Office
  • Types of Establishment required
  • Cost of Capital & Registration (Incorporation)
  • Cost of License Fee
  • Cost of Miscellaneous Expenses
  • Cost of Chamber of Commerce &Industry Registration and
  • Annual Membership Renewal Fees
  • Formation Period

The choice of Free Zone plays a very important part in the creation of your structure and should be given careful consideration.

Types of Free Zones Companies
Branch office – an associate of an existing parent company in the UAE or abroad. A Branch Office can perform all the activities of the parent company provided the activities are permissible under the U.A.E. laws. No minimum capital requirement or registration fees.

Free zone establishment (FZE) – single partner (Individual or legal entities). The minimum capital requirement Dhs. 1 million (US $ 270,000)

Free zone company (FZCO) – Minimum 2 and maximum 5 foreign partners
(Individual or legal entities). The minimum capital requirement is Dhs. 500,000.

Free Zone companies are permitted to operate in the respective free trade zone and outside the UAE. Operation within the mainland can be undertaken only through a commercial agent (on

commission), representative (for marketing), or distributor (on profit).

Types of License
Trading License
Industrial License
Professional/ Service License

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