UAE free zones are a major attraction to foreign investors and businesses wishing to conduct business in the UAE.


Until the introduction of the Foreign Direct Investment Law in late 2018, it was a federal requirement for at least 51% of the shares of a company to be held by a UAE national. As a result, free zones were established to attract foreign businesses to the region wishing to have full control of their business.

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What is a Freezone?

Free zones are geographically demarcated areas within the UAE permitting 100% foreign ownership and are in most cases, dedicated to a specific industry. They were designed to support strategic transformation in key industries (e.g., finance) and many are built with public finance and boast state-of-the-art facilities.

Accordingly, each free zone has its own specific requirements regarding minimum capital requirements, office or warehouse space and permitted activities; with each possessing the relevant licenses and adequate legislation to enable their dedicated industry to flourish.

Which types of Freezones are in UAE?

The UAE offers investors more than 50 multidisciplinary free zones, in which expatriates and foreign business owners can have full ownership of companies. These zones are characterised by their highly efficient infrastructure, and distinct services that facilitate smooth workflows, saving businesses considerable time and effort.

10 reasons why open a company in a UAE Freezone

With more than 50 different free zones across the UAE and with many more under development, free zones have helped make the UAE an attractive option for foreign businesses looking to relocate or expand their global footprint. The common benefits of doing business in a UAE free zone include:
  1. 100% Foreign ownership
  2. 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  3. Fast & easy business set-up procedures
  4. Developed business communities
  5. Numerous options at competitive costs
  6. 100% exemption from corporate and income taxes
  7. 100% exemption from customs duty
  8. Independent laws and regulations
  9. Easy regional and global market access
  10. Modern and sophisticated architecture

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