A Free Zone(FZ) is an area of a country where some normal trade barriers such as tariffs and quotas are eliminated and bureaucratic requirements are lowered in hopes of attracting new business and foreign investments
More than 38 different Free Zones are located in each of seven UAE’s emirates, accordingly Startup-n-Marketing can recommend one or another FZ, depending on business conditions, visas and office requirements and, certainly, on investment budget. Our company carefully considers these factors, along with many others, while setting up a Free zone company to enable its economic growth.
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Advantages of Setting up a Business in a Free Zone
No corporate taxes
No personal income taxes
No trade barriers or quotas
Simple Import, Export Policies
No restrictions on hiring expatriates
100 % foreign ownership of the enterprise
100 % cent repatriation of capital and profits
Infrastructure and facilities for Industrial and Commercial purposes
Eligibility for residency and work visa*
*The benefit of eligibility for a residency visa for shareholders of a UAE Free Zone company allows such individuals to fiscally domicile in the UAE – a zero tax jurisdiction. The minimum requirement for maintaining the visa is re-entry into the UAE once every 180 days.
The most popular and efficient free zone authorities that we recommend to our clients are:
Dubai South (Formally DWC – Dubai World Central) (Dubai, UAE)
Dubai World Central (DWC) Dubai South offers a fully integrated logistics platform with transport, logistics and manufacturing combined into one Free Zone environment. All of these factors make DWC Dubai South a great option for businesses with multiple transportation requirements and those wishing to optimize their operations and streamline their logistics from this central location.
Furthermore, businesses in the DWC Dubai South benefit from a range of Free Zone advantages including 100% foreign ownership, no taxation, and 100% repatriation of capital and profits.
JAFZA – Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Dubai, UAE)
Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA) is the world’s largest and has become home to more than 6,000 companies since it was established in 1985. With such a large presence, JAFZA is a leader within the UAE economy and continually promotes innovation, developed operations and a dynamic business environment.
The focus is on forming global relationships and as such, JAFZA provides companies with a strong infrastructure and all the incentives of establishing business in a Free Zone, making it an attractive location for internationally focused organizations.
JAFZA offers a range of additional benefits for companies establishing themselves in this region, including 100% foreign ownership, no corporate or income tax and, no employment or currency restrictions.
DMCC – Dubai Multi Commodity Centre (Dubai, UAE)
The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) is an initiative with the Dubai government to provide an industry specific infrastructure and a complete range of facilities for businesses concerned with the commodities sector.
As a Free Zone authority, the DMCC offers a whole range of benefits for companies wishing to establish themselves in this region, including 100% foreign ownership, freehold property options, tax incentives, and assistance with processing documentation for immigration, registration and licensing purposes.
Launched in 2002, the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre aims to facilitate business through a purpose built infrastructure, promote regional growth and enhance the local economic environment in line with international standards.
SAIF ZONE – Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (Sharjah, UAE)
The Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF) was established in 1995 and has become one of the leading business destinations in the UAE. Providing for a variety of industries including IT services, media, manufacturing and commercial, SAIF Zone plays host to over 2,500 companies. With its central location between the Middle East, Africa and the Mediterranean, SAIF Zone also benefits from its close proximity to the one of the largest air cargo hubs in the Middle East, Sharjah International Airport.
Keen to keep its status as a leading business hub in the Middle East, SAIF Free Zone continues to upgrade its services and infrastructure to provide businesses with legal services, international couriers, licensing assistance, international banks, commercial and leisure services, and transportation facilities within this extensive zone.
As with any Free Zone, the trade incentives to potential investors are extensive and include 100% foreign ownerships, tax exemptions and quick licensing options.
RAK FTZ – Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (Ras Al Khaimah, UAE)
Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) was established in 2000 and has since become a world renowned business hub thanks to its modern facilities, developed infrastructure and industrial growth. The unique selling point of RAK FTZ is its combination of facilities and services, across four different Free Zone parks; Business Park, Industrial Park, Technology Park and Al Ghail Park.
Each Free Zone park provides office space, warehousing and land facilities, catering for a whole range of businesses looking to set up here. Businesses wishing to set up in RAK FTZ benefit from a flexible and affordable working environment, as well as 100% foreign ownership, tax exemptions, easy access to airports, sea ports and state of the art facilities.
Fujairah Creative City (Fujairah, UAE)
Established in 2007, Fujairah Creative City caters for the needs of both individuals and companies operating within the media, communications and design industry.
The Fujairah Creative City aims to nurture and develop creative talent. It offers individuals licenses to operate within the Free Zone economic environment, and implements many facilities to allow for the development of large scale enterprises. These facilities include training services, company branding, support services and personal services to assist creative individuals in the set-up of their own business.
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