Setting up a business in the UAE Free Zone is not an easy task because you need full information about the activities, restrictions, packages and rules that apply in that particular Free Zone.

  • Freezone is a separate or isolated facility that operates outside of federal or Department of Labor laws.
  • In the UAE, all free trade areas offer 100% ownership for all nationalities.
  • So starting a business in one of the UAE’s free trade zones can be an attractive option for foreign investors who want to keep 100% of their business ownership.
  • An autonomous Free Zone Authority (FZA) administers each free zone with its own rules and business activities (which can be professional, industrial or commercial), but the free zone is not suitable for certain types of businesses.
  • Free zones offer state-of-the-art infrastructure and are designed as special investment models that allow the company to be fully owned in the UAE.
  • A company with a commercial or industrial licence can only operate within the free zone and if it wants to sell its products in the UAE, it needs a local representative or distributor.
  • Service oriented companies do not require a representative and can do business anywhere in the UAE.

Types of Dubai free zone company

  1. Free Zone Establishment (FZE)
    Company registered with a single shareholder or company.
  2. Free Zone Company (FZCO)
    Registered company with two or more shareholders, which can be an individual or a legal entity.
  3. Branch Office:
    This type of company can be established in accordance with rules and regulations of different free zones.

Dubai Free Zone Benefits

  • 100% foreign ownership.
  • Fast setup and registration process
  • There are no sudden changes to laws and regulations.
  • No corporate, income, import or export taxes.
  • Start with the lowest cost.
  • Simple and efficient recruitment procedures that ensure the availability of competitive, qualified and experienced workers.
  • A very high level of administrative assistance from the Free Zone authorities.
    Access to the markets of the United Arab Emirates and Gulf Cooperation Council.
  • There is no need to invest for infrastructure.
  • Perfect sources of communication.
  • No visa restrictions when hiring under liberal labor laws Excellent business support services.
  • Comfortable work environment.
  • Issuance of 3-year residence visas (renewable).
  • Postal services, banks, food courts near all the free zones.

Free zones

There are more than 37 Free Zones operating in UAE.

Abu Dhabi

  • Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone (ADAFZ)
  • Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM)
  • ADPC – Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ)
  • Industrial City of Abu Dhabi
  • Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones
  • Masdar City Free Zone


  • Dubai Academic City
  • Dubai Airport Free Zone
  • Dubai Biotechnology & Research Park (DuBiotech)
  • Dubai Car and Automotive City Free Zone (DUCAMZ)
  • Dubai Design District
  • Dubai Gold and Diamond Park
  • Dubai Healthcare City
  • Dubai Industrial City (DIC)
  • Dubai International Academic City
  • Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Dubai Internet City (DIC)
  • Dubai Knowledge Village
  • Dubai Logistics City
  • Dubai Media City
  • Dubai Multi Commodities Centre or Jumeirah Lakes Towers Free Zone
  • Dubai Outsource Zone
  • Dubai Silicon Oasis
  • Dubai Studio City
  • Dubai Techno Park
  • Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone
  • International Media Production Zone
  • Jebel Ali Free Zone
  • Economic Zones World
  • Dubai South or DWC
  • Dubai Science Park


  • Hamriyah Free Zone
  • Sharjah Airport International Free Zone
  • U.S.A. Regional Trade Center (USARTC) Free Zone
  • Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone
  • Sharjah Media City Free Zone


  • Ajman Free Zone
  • Ajman Media City Free Zone

Ras Al Khaimah

  • Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ)
  • RAK Maritime City Free Zone Authority (RMCFZA)
  • Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority
  • Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone
  • Ras Al Khaimah Media Free Zone


  • Fujairah Free Zone
  • Fujairah Creative City
  • International Free Zone Authority (IFZA)

Umm Al Quwain

  • Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone (UAQFTZ)

Free zones under construction

  • Dubai Maritime City
  • Dubai Carpet Free Zone
  • Dubai Auto Parts City
  • Heavy Equipment and Trucks Zone
  • Mohammad Bin Rashid Technology Park
  • Dubai Flower Center
  • Dubai Textile Village
  • International Humanitarian City
  • Dubai International Arbitration Center