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Your Guide To Dubai Free Zone Company Formation

Your Guide To Dubai Free Zone Company Formation - Coming Soon in UAE
7 March 2022
12 minutes to read

Dubai is among the most well-known and sought-after business addresses in the United Arab Emirates.

Strategically situated along the shores of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai is recognized for its excellent transport infrastructure, commercial possibilities for international investors, tourist attractions, and record-breaking developments. However, it has also become known for its Free Zones, which offer international investors and entrepreneurs a wide variety of economic advantages.

In this blog, we’ve provided all the relevant information you need to set up a company in Dubai’s coveted Free Zones.

An Introduction To The Free Zones Of Dubai

Dubai is a fully international and global city in the United Arab Emirates that serves as a corporate hub for individuals hailing from many nationalities, greatly benefiting the UAE economy. The leadership of Dubai and the UAE established Free Zones to attract more international consumers and investments.

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The Free Zones, also known as Free Trade Zones (FTZs), are designed to attract foreign businesses to set up their enterprises and organizations in a particular area by providing tax and customs benefits. In addition, the government provides them with lucrative and beneficial incentives for establishing their enterprises and firms in Free Trade Zones.

The different Free Trade Zones in Dubai are governed by special Emiri Decrees that allow them to handle company registration requirements and issue business licenses to entrepreneurs who want to set up shop in the Dubai Free Trade Zone.

The establishment of a firm in any Free Trade Zone in Dubai opens up a world of opportunities and ideas for entrepreneurs. This has resulted in many entrepreneurs preferring to invest in Dubai for their business establishment because of the fantastic support provided by the Free Trade Zone Authority.

The Advantages of Creating a Company in Dubai Free Zones

The creation of a company in one of Dubai’s Free Zones gives several benefits to the organization. These advantages are listed below:

  • 100% foreign ownership across all business activities without a UAE National partner,
  • 100% profits are repatriated,
  • 0% corporate tax,
  • 0% personal income tax,
  • There are no currency limitations,
  • There are comparatively lesser limits on activities,
  • There are no import or export tariffs,
  • There are no issues with recruiting.



Legal Business Establishments In Dubai Free Zones

The following are the many types of business settings available in Dubai Free Zones:

  • Offshore Company,
  • Limited Liability Company,
  • Free Zone Company,
  • Free Zone Establishment,
  • Branch Office.

Prerequisites for Company Incorporation in a Dubai Free Trade Zone

To register a company in a Dubai Free Zone, the company owner will need the assistance of a business expert who will guide them through all of the necessary requirements. A business consultant advises entrepreneurs and handles their duties, such as establishing a company or opening a branch office, applying for a license or visas, locating a suitable site for the office, completing the necessary paperwork, and so on.


Numerous requirements and conventions must be followed to establish a firm or a branch office in a Dubai Free Trade Zone. The documentation necessary for the processes are listed below:

  • Business Plan (It’s important to note that, unlike most Free Zones, IFZA has waived this requirement for most business activities),
  • Submission of proposed trade names,
  • Application for business activities,
  • Passport copies of shareholders,
  • Manager’s passport photocopy,
  • Shareholders’ personal details,
  • Manager’s personal details,
  • Documents containing all of the specifics of a lease agreement, if required,
  • If the shareholder is a corporate entity, you’ll need to provide additional documents like board resolution, etc.,
  • Third-party approval by related government regulatory authorities is required for selected business activities.

If you are looking for support or assistance to set up your company in a Dubai Free Zone, you should consider reaching out to a member of IFZA’s global network of Professional Partners for guidance.

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