Adam Global has assisted more than 2000 companies across YYYY industry sectors in setting up a Free Zone company in the UAE.

To learn more about the Freezone company setup, please read the following topics as follows

What is a Free Zone?

Benefits of a Free Zone Company Setup

Key steps to start a business in a Free Zone

List of Free Zones in UAE and Relevant Regulating Authorities


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What is a Free Zone?

A Free Zone is an area within a country where imported goods can be stored or processed without being subject to import duty. Also called a “Free Zone,” “free port,” or “bonded warehouse.”

The Free Zone Authority Issues Licenses, Resident Permit/ VISA through the Immigration department, for the companies registered in the free zone. A company setup in the Free Zone benefits from100% foreign ownership, Companies will have limited liability, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, which helps to promote trade, especially the import and export of goods.

Free Zone Authority Issues Trading, Service, Branch or Industrial licenses based on the activity required by the investor on meeting the requirements of the authorities.

If a company wishes to practice more than one of the above-mentioned activities, it must obtain a separate license for each category of activity.

A person or Companies holding Free Zone license is permitted to operate within the Free Zone and outside UAE. However, a Free Zone company can trade within UAE by appointing a distributor, licensed by the relevant UAE authority. Any company holding a Free Zone license can itself purchase goods or services within the UAE.

Benefits of a Free Zone Company Setup

  • 100% foreign ownership;
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits;
  • No corporate, income, import or export taxes
  • Simple and efficient recruitment procedures ensuring the availability of a competitive skilled and experienced workforce;
  • A high level of administrative support from the Free Zone authorities.
  • Access to the UAE (United Arab Emirates) and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) markets.

List of Free Zones in UAE

Abu Dhabi Freezone
  • KIZAD (Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi)
  • TWOFOUR54- (Media Zone Authority)
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone
Dubai Freezone
  • Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)
  • Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority)
  • Dubai South (DWC)
  • Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
  • Dubai Development Authority (DDA)
  • Dubai Airport Free Zone (Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority)
  • Dubai Silicon Oasis – (Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority)
  • D-tech (Under DSO)
  • Dubai Healthcare City – (Dubai Healthcare City Authority)
  • International Humanitarian City
  • Dubai Maritime City – (Dubai Maritime City Authority)
  • Gold and Diamond Park
  • Dubai International Financial Centre
  • National Industries Park (Techno Park)
Sharjah Freezone
  • Sharjah Airport International Free Zone
  • Hamriyah Free Zone
  • Sharjah Media City Free Zone (SHAMS)
Ras Al Khaimah Freezone
  • RAKEZ (Ras Ak Khaimah Economic Zone)
Ajman Freezone
  • Ajman Free Zone
  • Ajman Media Free Zone
Umm Al Quwain Freezone
  • Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone
Fujairah Freezone
  • Fujairah Free Zone
  • Fujairah Media Free Zone (Creative City)
  • IFZA (International Free Zone Authority)


Yes, you need to lease an office space in the free zone to obtain license and based on the activity and the number of VISA requirement, there are options like Flexi-Desk, Smart Desk, Executive Office depending on the selected Free Zone.

The number of employment visas entitlement depends the office size. As a norm every 8 sq. M allows for one visa, if it’s a physical office. Flexi Desk allows for 1 -6 VISA based on the package selected and the free zone.

Yes, but subject to you meeting the requirements of the Immigration of the respective Emirates where the Free Zone is located.

If the goods are bought from within UAE non-Free Zone companies, there is no import duties applicable. However, in the case of goods sold from the Free Zone to non-UAE Free Zone companies, import duty is applicable based on customs tariff for the type of goods.

  • In UAE, effective 1st January 2018, 5% VAT has been introduced for Trading and Services.
  • A business must register for VAT if its taxable supplies and imports exceeds AED 375,000 per annum.
  • t is optional for businesses whose supplies and imports exceed AED 187,500 per annum.
  • A business house pays the government, the tax that it collects from its customers. At the same time, it receives a refund from the government on tax that it has paid to its suppliers.
  • There are no corporate or personal income taxes in the UAE.

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