UAE Free Zone - Dubai Free Zone

Business Setup in Dubai Free Zone

Choose a Business License Type

In Dubai’s Free Zones, businesses will generally need to secure one of several license types:

Trading License
Trading License
General Trading License
General Trading License
Service License
Service License
Industrial License
Industrial License
Trading License

Trading License

A trading license is suitable for companies buying and selling goods within the UAE market or internationally. It allows businesses to import, export, distribute, and store specific types of products.

General Trading License

General Trading License

A general trading license offers broader permissions than a standard trading license. It enables companies to trade in a wide range of products, including electronics, garments, food items, cosmetics, and more.

Service License

Service License

A service license is designed for businesses providing services rather than trading in physical goods. It covers a wide range of service-oriented activities such as consulting, IT services, marketing, advertising, healthcare, education, and hospitality. Service license holders can offer their services within the UAE or globally.

Industrial License

Industrial License

An industrial license is essential for companies involved in manufacturing, processing, or assembling products.

Required Documents and Steps to Obtain Your Business License

Obtaining your Free Zone business license is designed to be a streamlined, stress-free process. These are the steps you’ll need to go through to secure yours:

Required Documents
  • Application License Form
  • Shareholder’s Passport Copy
  • Shareholder’s Visa Copy
  • Shareholder's 6 Months Bank Statements
  • Shareholders Address Proof
  • KYC Application Provided by MSZ
Steps to Get Your Business License
  1. Get Approval from Relevant Authorities
  2. Gather the Necessary Documents
  3. Submit Application
  4. Pay Fees and Receive License

Business Entities Permitted in Dubai Free Zones

Free Zone Establishment (FZE)
Free Zone Establishment (FZE)

This is a company formed with a single shareholder, either an individual or a corporate entity. FZEs are ideal for solo entrepreneurs or businesses seeking complete autonomy over their operations within the Free Zone.

Free Zone Company (FZC)
Free Zone Company (FZC)

A Free Zone Company (FZC) is similar to an FZE but allows for multiple shareholders, with a maximum limit set by the Free Zone authority. FZCs offer the advantage of shared ownership among partners, enabling collaboration and shared responsibility in business operations.

Branch Office
Branch Office

A Branch Office allows existing companies to extend their operations into the Free Zone without the need to establish a separate legal entity. Branch offices are an extension of the parent company, leveraging its brand, resources, and expertise

Free Zones in Dubai for Business Setup

When you set up a business in Dubai, you'll have access to one of several Free Zone jurisdictions. Each jurisdiction covers different industries and comes with its own advantages. Some popular options include:

  1. Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA)
    JAFZA is a powerhouse known for its extensive infrastructure and strategic location near Jebel Ali Port. Thanks to its global connectivity and business-friendly environment, it's a prime destination for companies in logistics, manufacturing, trading, and more.

  2. Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)
    DMCC is the global hub for commodities trading, fostering a bustling community of businesses involved in gold, diamonds, and other commodities. With modern facilities and a central location, DMCC offers unparalleled opportunities for growth and expansion in the commodities sector.

  3. Dubai Media City
    Designed for media and creative industries, Dubai Media City provides a supportive ecosystem for advertising, broadcasting, publishing, and digital media companies. Its collaborative environment and modern amenities make it a preferred destination for businesses looking to thrive in the media landscape.

  4. Dubai Internet City
    Dubai Internet City (DIC) is the go-to destination for technology companies, offering cutting-edge infrastructure and a vibrant community of startups and multinational corporations. DIC serves as a hub for innovation and collaboration in the technology sector, attracting businesses from around the world.

  5. Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA)
    DAFZA, situated next to Dubai International Airport, offers unrivaled connectivity and logistical advantages for aviation, logistics, and related companies. Its strategic location and world-class facilities make it an ideal choice for businesses seeking efficient global operations.

  6. Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
    DIFC is the leading financial hub in the region, providing a robust regulatory framework and modern infrastructure for financial institutions, fintech companies, and professional services firms. It serves as a gateway to the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia markets for businesses in the financial sector.

  7. Dubai South
    Formerly known as Dubai World Central, Dubai South is a dynamic city designed to support various industries, including aviation, logistics, and trade. Home to Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai South offers strategic advantages for businesses looking to capitalize on global trade opportunities.

  8. International Free Zone Authority (IFZA)
    The International Free Zone Authority (IFZA) is one of the best ways to enter the UAE market on a tight budget. IFZA offers cost-effective solutions and transparent procedures for investors hoping to enter the market without spending an arm and a leg in the process. And depending on the size of your business, there are several package options available that will fit your particular needs.

  9. Meydan Free Zone
    For investors seeking new business opportunities, the Meydan free zone offers numerous advantages. Like many other free zones, businesses operating here are not subject to personal, income, or corporate taxes. This allows these entities to streamline their finances and enjoy profits that would not be possible under standard taxation regulations.

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