Company Formation with Free Zones in the UAE

There are several options for setting up a business in the UAE. However, unless you open your business within one of the free trade zones where 100% foreign ownership is permitted, the Federal Law demands a total local (Emirati) equity of not less than 51% in any commercial company.

Free zones have no taxes and are usually guaranteed for 15 or 50 years. Each free zone has its own specific requirement regarding minimum office/warehouse space and allowed activities. Free zones are fully equipped and ready for business with all the amenities, communication infrastructure and facilities made available for investors. Since no local sponsorship or staff recruitment essentials are imposed in free zones, investors have the complete ownership of the business.