Start Your Business In The UAE

About Free Zone

Free Zones are designated economic areas that provide preferential tax and customs rates for trade. They were initially established in the UAE to enhance international business by offering advantages such as 100% foreign ownership. The UAE currently has more than 50 free zones, some of which provide generic activities for all industries, while others cater to specific sectors.

Types Of Free Zone Licenses

License Type & Activities

There are more than 3000 business activities listed by the free zones in the UAE. For more details on business activities, reach out to our company setup consultants.
Commercial License

A Commercial License is required in the UAE for businesses involved in trading and supplying goods such as:

  • Computer software trading
  • Food & beverages, plastic bags & containers trading
  • Medical gas, acids & alkaline trading
  • Agricultural pesticides, perfumes & cosmetics trading
  • Wooden products, pipes & fittings trading
  • Audio-visual, recording equipment & accessories trading

An Industrial license is required in the UAE for manufacturing or other types of industrial activities such as:

  • Garments, carpets, uniforms manufacturing
  • Pastry & sweets manufacturing
  • Fabrics & textiles embroidery
  • Mineral water bottling
  • Plastic bottles & containers manufacturing

A Professional License is required in the UAE for individuals or business groups that deliver expertise as a service to the public such as:

  • Electronic, mechanical engineering consultancies
  • Science & technology consultancy
  • Immigration, educational consultancies
  • Health awareness, project management consultancies
  • Marketing research, media consultancies, corporate services provider
Free Zone Registration Process
Choose business activity
Finalize company name
Complete incorporation paperwork
License issuance
Open company bank account
Receive immigration card
Process residence visa

Benefits Of Operating In A Free Zone

  • Complete foreign ownership
  • No requirement for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the current employer
  • No paid-up share capital necessary
  • Option to establish a company under common law
  • No mandatory requirement for physical office space
  • 0% corporate and income tax
  • Option to incorporate remotely
  • Flexibility to incorporate in jurisdictions where employee health insurance is not mandatory