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Business Setup in UAE Free Zones

Freezone company formation in the UAE is one of the most easily accessible options available to foreign investors. Free zone business setup is relatively simple and easy, especially with the assistance of a UAE free zone company formation specialist.

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UAE free zone company setup: Advantages

When it comes to free zone business setup, UAE has some of the most favourable terms for foreign investors. The following are some advantages of establishing a business in a UAE free zone.

  • 100% foreign ownership 
  • 100% profit and capital repatriation
  • No restrictions on foreign currency
  • No restrictions on employing foreign nationals
  • Corporate tax exemption for 50 years (renewable)
  • VAT exemption
  • Income tax exemption for investors and employees
  • Flexible requirements on business premises; some free zones even allow virtual office setups
  • Visa for investors and employees subject to restrictions

Regulatory body in charge of free zone company formation

Free zone authorities regulate free zone company formation in the UAE. For instance, a free zone company in Jebel Ali Free Zone falls under the jurisdiction of the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority.

To set up a free zone company in the UAE, one must apply with the relevant free zone authority.  A free zone company need only fulfil the requirements of the free zone authority. Approvals from government bodies external to the free zone jurisdiction are often not required and apply only to special business activities. As such, business setup in UAE free zones typically entails fewer documentary requirements than company formation outside free zones.

Free zone authorities have different rules and regulations in place for their jurisdictions. For instance, some free zone authorities require free zone companies to conduct an annual fiscal audit, while others do not have this requirement.

UAE free zone business activities

Free zones have a predefined list of allowed business activities. The permitted activities can vary from one free zone to another.

Emirates First can answer all of your questions regarding allowed business activities in different UAE free zones.

Emirates First offers company formation and its related services
throughout all of the free zones in the UAE
Emirates First provides expert assistance in UAE free zone company setup.

Dubai Free Zones

Dubai is a dynamic trade and logistics hub with more than 20 free zones currently in operation. Enjoy a Dubai business address with a Dubai free zone business setup.

Sharjah Free Zones

The emirate of Sharjah is approximately 30 minutes away from Dubai. Free zones include Sharjah Airport International Free, Hamriyah Free Zone and Sharjah Media City.

Ajman Free Zones

Ajman, home to Ajman Free Zone and Ajman Media City Free Zone, is the centre of considerable industrial growth in the UAEbecause of its facilities and competitive business terms.

Abu Dhabi Free Zones

The seat of the UAE government is in Abu Dhabi, and it is also home to Abu Dhabi Airport Business City, Abu Dhabi Media Free Zone, Masdar City, and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi.

Fujairah Free Zones

The emirate of Fujairah is found on the east coast of UAE, and its strategic location gives Fujairah free zone companies excellent access to Arabian Gulf ports and South Asia.

RAK Free Zones

Ras Al-Khaimah, the northernmost emirate of the UAE, is home to the Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone. Enjoy the same free zone company setup benefits with a RAK free zone business setup.

Emirates First has decades of experience helping foreign investors set up their business in the UAE.
Contact us at +971 50 347 2388 for expert help in setting up your UAE free zone company.


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