List of Free Zones in Dubai and UAE.

UAE Free Zone Business Setup - Free Zone (also known as Free Trade Zone - FTZ) is a designated geographical area within the territories of a country, which is deemed to be outside the customs territory. Still a Free Zone is subject to the control of customs authorities. The customs rules, regulations and procedures applicable in Free Zones are different from those applicable in mainland.

Free Zones are aimed to stimulate international trade by removing trade barriers like quotas and tariffs imposed by customs authorities. Free Zones also ensure simple procedures for import and export transactions by narrowing down bureaucratic formalities and regulations. The business friendly environment attracts new business and foreign investments to Free Zones.

In the latter decades of 20th century, developing countries across the world started using the concept of Free Zones to boost economic growth and Dubai was forerunner.

Investors across the world prefer to set-up their business in Free Zone jurisdictions of Dubai and other Emirates of UAE because of the following prominent advantages:

100 per cent foreign ownership.

100 per cent import and export tax exemption.

100 per cent repatriation of capital and profit.

Absence of corporate tax and personal income tax.

Easy incorporation procedures.

Setting up a business entity in one of the Free Zones in UAE can be a feasible option for foreign investors and businesses houses. Most of the Emirates in UAE have already developed many Free Zones with unique selling points and others are developing.

The Free Zones in Dubai has state of the art infrastructure and logistics to cover a wide variety of business from trading, manufacturing and service sectors.

Here is a list of major Free Zones in United Arab Emirates:

Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA)

Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSOA)

Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA)

Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC)

Dubai Internet City (DIC)

Dubai Media City (DMC)

Dubai Studio City (DSC)

Dubai International Academic City (DIAC)

Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP)

Dubai Outsource City (DOC)

Dubai Production City (DPC)

Dubai Science Park (DSP)

Dubai Auto Zone (DAZ)

Dubai Gold and Diamond Park (DGDP)

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC)

Dubai Intl Financial Centre (DIFC)

Dubai South (formerly DWC)

Dubai Maritime City 

Dubai Flower Centre

Int’l Humanitarian City

Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF ZONE)

Hamriyah Free Zone (HFZ)

Ajman Free Zone (AFZA)

RAK Investment Authority (RAKIA)

RAK Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ)

RAK Maritime City

Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone (UAQ FTZ)

Fujairah Free Zone (FFZ)

Fujairah Creative City (FCC)

Masdar City

Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone

Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi

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