All about Freezones in UAE

All about freezones in UAE

Freezones are areas in UAE that have special tax, customs, and import regimes, These zones work under their regulations. There are nearly 45 free zones across Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, ras al Khaimah (RAK), and Umm Al Quwain.

Each free zone has its specific category for businesses. Business owners who are looking to have full ownership of their company can choose any of the free zones based on the facility that Freezone offers.

Benefits of choosing Freezones for Company Formation

  • 100% Foreign ownership
  • 100% import & export tax exemptions
  • 100% share of capital or profits to the government or local authorities
  • Corporate tax exemptions for 50 years
  • No personal taxes
  • Assistance with labor recruitment, and additional support services such as sponsorship and housing.

As mentioned earlier, each free zone is governed by an independent Freezone Authority. These are responsible for issuing operating licenses and assisting companies in the establishment of their business in the selected Freezones.

List of free zones in UAE:

There are a total of 45 free zones in UAE, each specializing in a different industry.

Here is the list of Freezone in the UAE.

Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi Airport Free Zone (ADAFZ)Aviation, engineering, electronics, logistics & cargo, and pharmaceutical firms.
Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM)Financial, non-financial, and retail activities
Abu DhabiKhalifa and Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD)Transport, distribution, manufacturing, trade, and storage.
Abu DhabiTwofour54Branding Agency · Events/Festivals Exhibitions/Conferences · Information Services (e.g. media related market research)
Abu DhabiIndustrial City of Abu DhabiHeavy and light industries such as steel, metal, construction material, logistics, food, and oil & gas.
Abu DhabiMasdar City Free ZoneR&D Partnerships, Start-Ups, and Large Companies.
DubaiDubai Airport Free Zoneinternational transport and trade.
DubaiDubai Auto Zoneexporting cars to the Asian and African markets.
DubaiDubai Cars and Automotive Zoneautomotive trading, sales, and related services.
DubaiDubai Design Districtfashion, luxury, and design
DubaiDubai Flower Centrefloriculture industry in Dubai handling the imports and exports of flowers.
DubaiDubai Gold and Diamond Parklargest free zone devoted to gold and diamond businesses and is considered a major hub for jewelry buyers and investors
DubaiDubai Healthcare Cityhigh-quality, multi-use healthcare and wellness centers
DubaiDubai Industrial CityResident industries & world’s largest IT telephonic network
DubaiDubai International Academic Citydigital and creative advancement, prime location
DubaiDubai International Financial CentreFinance, Legal & Law firms
DubaiDubai Internet CityIT consultancy, Ecommerce, IT services
DubaiDubai Knowledge Parkhousing human resource management, recruitment, consultancy, executive search, vocational training, and professional development companies.
DubaiDubai Logistics Citymulti-modal transportation needs, professional logistics & value-added logistic services
DubaiDubai Maritime City Authoritythe maritime industry and boost its infrastructure, operations, and logistics services
DubaiDubai Media CityMedia, Marketing, Publishing, Event management, Web design, Acting, Communications, Writing, Advertising
DubaiDubai Multi Commodities Centreprecious metals such as gold, silver, diamonds, platinum, precious stones,
FMCG goods such as tea, coffee, spices, and many others 
base metals, such as iron and steel, but also cotton and other types of commodities
DubaiDubai Outsource ZoneRecruitment services, social media outsourcing, Call centers, Data services, Market research & Data analysis.
DubaiDubai Science ParkManufacturing, production, Imports, exports, re-exports, Laboratory, R&D, Customer care, Sales & marketing
DubaiDubai Silicon Oasiselectronics-related businesses
DubaiDubai Studio Citybroadcasting, film production, TV, music, and entertainment sectors
DubaiDubai Techno Park (New name: National Industries Complex)accommodates very high-profile companies in the manufacturing, petrochemical industry, oil and gas, and technology are the industries
DubaiDubai Textile CityManufacturing and distributing textile-related products
DubaiEnergy and Environment ParkTransportation, energy, Renewable energy, Air, environment, Recycling, Solid Waste, and Green building.
DubaiInternational Humanitarian Cityrelief and charity agencies
DubaiJebel Ali Free Zone Authoritylogistics, e-commerce, petrochemicals (one of the world’s largest free zones specialized in industry, trade, and logistics)
DubaiJumeirah Lakes Towers Free ZoneDiamond, Gold, Gems, Metals, Steel, Oil, Hospitality, Healthcare, Education
DubaiDubai Production CityPrinting machinery, packaging, Graphic Services, and Storage.
SharjahHamriyah Free Zonepetrochemicals, steel, construction, and food processing.
SharjahSharjah Airport International Free Zoneall types of businesses related to trading, services, and industrial sectors.
SharjahThe U.S.A. Regional Trade Center (USC) Free ZoneUS SMEs exporting
SharjahSharjah Media City (SHAMS)start-ups and developing businesses.
AjmanAjman Free ZoneTrading, General trading, E-commerce, Services & Industries
Ras Al KhaimahRAK Investment Authority Free Zonetrading, warehousing, assembling, packaging, and light manufacturing activities
Ras Al KhaimahRas Al Khaimah Free Trade ZoneImport of raw materials, manufacturing, processing, assembling, packaging, and exporting finished goods
Ras Al KhaimahRas Al Khaimah Media Free ZoneConsulting, management, finance, Investment, Legal, Labour
Ras Al KhaimahRAK Maritime CityBest international port facilities, so best for import or exports & another kind of  trade with a foreign country
FujairahFujairah Free Zonefreelancers and international consultants, such as business consultants, management consultants, and lifestyle consultants.
FujairahCreative City FujairahMedia, Events, Consulting, Education, Communication and Marketing, Music and Entertainment, Design and Technology
Umm Al QuwainUmm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone (UAQFTZ)startups, SMEs, and Conglomerates

Note All the free zones specified above offer company formation services to almost all industries. But they are specialized in the mentioned industry due to the availability of resources and surrounding places.

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