Dubai Free Zones
Establishing a company in one of the UAE 12 Free Trade Zones (FTZs) has many benefits for foreign investors. To date the free zones have been successful in attracting a large number of companies and foreign direct investment, as well as expanding net non-oil exports. The major advantages of setting up in a free zone are that you are entitled to:
An independent Free Zone Authority (FZA) governs each free zone, and is the agency responsible for issuing FTZ operating licenses and assisting companies with establishing their business in the FTZ. Investors can either register a new company in the form of a Free Zone Establishment (FZE) or simply establish a branch or representative office of their existing or parent company based within the UAE or abroad.
An FZE is a limited liability company governed by the rules and regulations of the Free Zone in which it is established. Under Federal Law No. 15 of 1998, except for acquiring nationality in the UAE, the provisions of the CCL do not apply to FZEs, provided that the Free Zones have special provisions regulating such companies.
There are currently the following Free Zones:
There are also the following Free Zones planned: