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.