UAE and Dubai Free Zone company formation.
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Dubai and UAE Free Zone is a separate area designed for trading, professional or industrial companies.

UAE and Dubai Free Zone companies enjoy special conditions such as:

  • 100% ownership of business
  • No taxes
  • Import/Export activities
  • 3 years visas for investors, staff and family members
  • Easy to employ staff – no mainland labour rules
  • Fast-track document clearance
  • You can choose following legal forms: FZE – 1 owner, FZC – 2-5 owners, Branch of foreign company

Which factors to consider choosing a UAE Free Zone?

Khow free zones locations


Some Free Zones are located in close proximity to ports and airports, or even are part of the port; others have good road access to the main emirates.

company formation process

Licensing process

In some Free Zones you can get the license within a few days only, in others – 30-40 days. Sometimes Free Zones have capital requirements, sometimes – not.

Know Free Zone Facilities

Infrastructure and facilities

Some Free Zones offer excellent infrastructure for investors. For example, you can live and work in the same Free Zone.

What a free zone prestige?

Free Zone prestige

Free Zones located within Dubai are more prestigious but also more expensive. However, some remote Free Zones are very popular too.

Dubai Free Zones

Dubai has more than 20 free zones, each of which has its own licensing body. If you open a company in Dubai Free Zone, you will have your office in Dubai – center of economic life in UAE.


Former JLT Free Zone. Will suit companies with any activity from trading to consultancy. DMCC follows same license activities as Department of Economic Development. Popular with businesses dealing in precious stones and metals trading.


Includes 11 Free Zones such as Dubai Media City, Healthcare City, Internet City, Knowledge Village and others. If you need a prestigious office location in the heart of Dubai, TECOM is your choice.

Dubai World Central – DWC Free Zone

A new Free Zone located right next to the newly opened Dubai World Central Airport. It is a strategic location, because this is the place where EXPO 2020 will take place. Very reasonable prices in combination with its location in Dubai make this Free Zone increasingly popular.


Suitable for companies dealing with aircargo, logistics or trading of goods which need quick custom clearance.


Deals with companies related to IT sector, high-tech, engineering, trade and consulting. Located in 15- minutes drive from Downtown, it offers great offices for affordable prices.


The first Free Zone in UAE. It has vast territory and great infrastructure. Located in easy access by car or metro. It offers flexi-offices, executive offices, warehouses, plots of land and biggest sea port in UAE.

Other Free Zones in UAE

Inexpensive Free Zones are located in Northern Emirates. They offer various activities and cost-efficient office solutions.


Located in 30-minutes drive from Dubai. Offers the cheapest General Trading license in all UAE. The only Free Zone which offers multiple instalment payment plans (if UAE bank cheque book is available). Trading, professional and small industrial businesses. New warehouses and sea port.

Setup Ajman Free Zone company

Perfect Free Zone for professionals, artistic people or creative freelancers. Has very big choice of activities not offered by any other Free Zone. Activities are related to media, IT, design, sport, education and other sectors.

Setup Creative City Free Zone company

Very popular Free Zone with good reputation. Located in 90-minutes drive from Dubai, next to RAK sea port and airport. Good solution for industrial businesses. The only Free Zone which offers “Real Estate Consultancy” license.


If you want low-budget licensing solution and maximum visas, this Free Zone is what you need. Located in 40- minutes drive from Dubai, has its own sea port. Instead of flexi-desk, investors are getting 10 sq. meters separate office with any license.

Choose License Type to Set up Business in Dubai or UAE Free Zones

Available in different UAE Free Zones

Each Free Zone has its own types of licenses. Often only the names of the licenses are different but the activities you can carry out are the same. For example some Free Zones differentiate “Trading” and “Commercial” licenses, but others combine them under one name “Trading”.

Trading & Commercial

You can do import, export and trading. You cannot trade directly with UAE market. In order to do it you have to appoint a distributor or agent registered in the UAE. For such sales import tax will be applied. You can be engaged in activities such as contracting, repairing, maintenance, renting, shops, restaurants and others.


You can carry out professional services specified in the Trade license. It can be any type of management, business, industrial consultancy or professional services including even real estate consulting in some Free Zones. Also you can do such activities as advertising, event or exhibition organization, cleaning services and many others.


An Industrial License allows you to import raw materials, carry out the manufacture of specified products and export the finished product. In addition, there is also the National Industrial License, issued for manufacturing companies with at least 51% Arabian Gulf Co-operation Council (AGCC) ownership. This license allows the holder the same status as a local or AGCC inside the UAE.


You can engage in e-commerce business such as online trading or online services.


A Logistics License allows you to engage in logistic services such as Cargo (sea, land, air), warehousing, storage, packing, transshipment and distribution.

Freelance permit

A Freelance permit offers you the opportunity to operate as a freelance professional. The Permit identifies you as a sole practitioner and enables you to carry out business in your own birth name instead of a brand.

Steps to open Free Zone company

Each Free Zone has its own laws and regulations.
However, the company formation process and requirement are almost the same in all of them.
Dubai Free Zone Company formation steps

Elena Ovchinnikova - Company formation expert

Helen K. / Business Setup Expert

I help you to register business in the UAE as well as promote a start-up company in the market

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Compare fees for a company setup

In the most popular Free Zones
Umm Al Quwein20 500 AED20 500 AED27 500 AED6 300 AED
Ajman24 550 AED21 950 AED27 150 AED6 300 AED
RAK23 400 AED19 900 AED39 500 AED6 300 AED
Hamriyah25 000 AED25 000 AED35 000 AED6 300 AED
Creative City Fujairah25 000 AED--6 300 AED
DMCC50 000 AED50 000 AED82 000 AED +office13 650 AED
Dubai World Central30 000 AED30 000 AED20 000 AED + office9 450 AED
Jebel Ali41 000 AED38 500 AED63 000 AED13 650 AED

Please note: All License Packages include Flexi-office facility. In case of General Trading in DMCC you need to rent executive office.

Most Dubai Free Zones require capital, but most Northern Emirates Free Zones have canceled this rule.

Visa Processing Fees

Umm Al Quwain2-2 500 AED1 470 AED
Ajman254 750 AED1 470 AED
RAK1-22-37 000 AED1 470 AED
Hamriyah464 950 AED1 470 AED
Creative City Fujairah3-6126 150 AED1 470 AED
DMCC3depend on office size7 000 AED1 470 AED
Dubai World Central2depend on office size3 500 AED1 470 AED
Jebel Ali2depend on office size7 000 AED1 470 AED

Please note: All approvals are subject to discretion by immigration. We do not take any responsibility if the application is rejected.

With us you win


you get a competent dedicated manager for the whole set up process


no hidden fees – we will give you all government receipts


we will find the best solution to fit your requirements


all your personal information is strictly confidential


one company for all your needs – license, visa, bank account, governmental approvals, ect.

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Frequently asked questions about Free Zone company formation

What is included into your service?

We do complete company registration from A to Z including visas for the owners. You also get business support services such as marketing, web-designing, consulting on any issues related to business or life settlement in the UAE.

Do I have to be in UAE to setup a Free Zone company?

It depends on the Free Zone. We can register a company in some Free Zones without your presence, but we need to have a copy of a recent entry stamp to UAE from your passport. Another way to register a company without personal presence –  Power of Attorney, enabling us to act on your behalf.

How long will registration take?

From 1 to 30 days depending on the Free Zone

What if the company registration did't succeed by any reasons?

In this case we will return you a part of your payment. We will hold only the amount of to cover the work that has been done by us up to the point when the process stopped by some major force reason not depending on us or you.

Can you help to open bank account?

Yes, we can. We can help you to prepare all the necessary documents and go to the bank with you.

What if the company registration did't succeed by any reasons?

In this case we will return you a part of your pre-payment. We will hold only the amount of to cover the work that has been done by us up to the point when the process stopped by some major force reason not depending on us or you.

What other services can you provide?

You also can get business support services such as:

  • marketing
  • web-designing
  • logo and brand-kit design
  • business events organizing

What is your business activity?

Tell us about your business or just ask a question!

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