|FREE ZONE NAME||ACTIVITIES||VISAS||COSTS STARTING|
|Ajman Free Zone||E-commerce||no visas||AED 18,310$5,050|
|CCF||E-commerce||no visas||AED 19,650 $5,384|
|Umm Al Quwain||E-commerce||no visas||AED 19,800 $5,450|
|RAKEZ||E-commerce||no visas||AED 21,840$6,000|
|SHAMS||E-commerce||no visas||AED 21,475 $7,300|
|SAIF||E-commerce||no visas||AED 27,999 $7,700|
|DTEC||E-commerce||no visas||AED 28,275$7,750|
|Hamriyah Free Zone||E-commerce||no visas||AED 31,300$8,600|
|Dubai South||E-commerce||no visas||AED 40,575 $12,450|
|DMCC||E-commerce||no visas||AED 71,187 $19,550|
Online businesses are coming to the Middle East region and the authorities are getting more flexible in terms of the licensing and registration of an e-commerce company.
E-commerce can be done in 2 different ways:
You sell your own goods or provide your own services through your website. This means to be the actual e-commerce as per UAE terms.
You act as online intermediary and provide your website as a trading platform to other sellers. This type of business is called «Portal» or «E-marketplace».
If you want to own the e-commerce business 100% as an expat, it should be registered in a free-zone. Depending on the type of business - trading, online services or portal - you may need to have a storage for your goods, a website with integrated payment collection system and a logistical solution.
Storage and logistics are quite easy to solve, but payment collection may take some efforts.
Large e-commerce businesses can easily get payment gateways from big companies in the market such as Network International or PayFort. It will be required for a company to have an office or a warehouse.
For smaller e-commerce setups we recommend to use PayPal or some international payment collection systems, since they are more open to smaller businesses.
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