A transformation story unlike any other, UAE is one of the most exciting and profitable places to do business today. Not only does it offer robust infrastructural capabilities and visionary business-friendly administrative policies, but its reputation as a global destination, with a high standard of living, helps attract quality talent. As part of its disassociation from total dependence on oil over the past decades, UAE has initiated the setting up of multiple Free Zones across the country.

Thanks to their array of tax-free benefits, uncomplicated regulatory framework and state-of-the-art amenities, they have been able to attract some of the biggest global enterprises from across industries. Entrepreneurs and new businesses have also found a remarkably welcoming atmosphere that encourages collaboration and fosters growth.

BUSINESS MODELS

Investors in the UAE can choose between two business models:

  • Free Zone Setup

    A Free Zone enterprise is a physical entity established in any one of the many Free Zones spread across the UAE. Envisioned to ease the company formation process within its premises, the Free Zones have laws and facilities separate from the rest of the UAE that ensure that they remain investor-friendly in spite of their varying stipulations and regulations. Free Zones in the UAE offer 100% foreign ownership rights for the investor and permit full repatriation of capital and profits.

  • Offshore Setup

    Offshore company setup is perfect choice for the companies that do not plan to conduct business in the UAE, yet need a UAE address. Offshore businesses are allowed to bank with national banks and hold investments within and outside the UAE. An offshore company allows investors to take advantage of the UAE’s zero-tax laws and double taxation treaties. Unlike a Free Zone company, there is no minimum capital. A few other advantages of offshore companies include complete privacy, 100% foreign ownership, the ability to open multiple currency bank accounts, and the allowance for real estate investments.

FREE ZONE COMPANY TYPES

A majority of the Free Zones across the UAE allow four types of company types or business entities within their premises:

  • Free Zone Establishment (FZE)

    Formed with one shareholder, either an individual or a company. The minimum capital requirement depends on the activity.

  • Free Zone Company (FZCO)

    Formed by a minimum of two shareholders, either individuals or companies or a combination of both. The minimum capital requirement depends on the activity.

  • Branch Office of a Local Company

    The license allows an existing local company (with license to operate in the UAE) to open a representative office or branch within the Free Zone.

  • Branch Office of a Foreign Company

    The license allows an existing foreign company to open a representative office or branch within the Free Zone.

INCENTIVES & BENEFITS

  • 100% foreign ownership allowed
  • 100% of repatriation of capital & profits
  • 100% personal income tax exemption
  • 0% import or export duties
  • Speedy incorporation
  • Easy transfer of capital and profits
  • No recruitment restrictions
  • No bureaucratic red tape
  • Low facility prices
  • Low electricity prices
  • Low leasing prices

FREE ZONE REGISTRATION

The process for registering a company within the UAE requires the following documents.

  • Free Zone Establishment (FZE)
    • Duly filled application form
    • Individual business profile and passport copy
    • Banker’s reference
  • Free Zone Company (FZC)
    • Original filled FZCO application
    • Individuals business profile and passport copy
    • Banker’s reference
    • Board resolution
    • Manager’s passport copy
    • Specimen signature of the manager
  • Branch of Parent Company
    • Certificate of Registration with UAE embassy’s attestation and notarization
    • Memorandum and Articles of Association with UAE embassy’s attestation and notarization
    • Board Resolution with UAE embassy’s attestation and notarization
    • Manager’s passport copy and his attested signature
    • The parent company‘s profile

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