• Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Professional
  • Tourism
  • Agricultural

  • General partnership
  • Limited partnership
  • Limited liability company (LLC)
  • Public joint stock company (PJSC)
  • Private joint stock company (PrJSC)
  • Civil company
  • Local company branch
  • GCC company branch
  • Foreign company branch
  • Free zone company branch
  • Sole establishment
  • Holding companies.

  • be followed by the business structure acronym (legal form of the company) such as: LLC, EST, PJSC, PrJSC
  • not violate the public morals or the public order of the country
  • be compatible with the required type of activity and the legal status of the company or business entity
  • not contain names of any religion, or governing authority, nor names or logos of any external bodies
  • not have been previously registered.

  • An initial approval means that the UAE Government has no objection for the business to be established in the country. It also allows the investor to proceed with the next steps in setting up a business. It does not, however, grant the authority to run or practice the business activity.

  • Limited partnership
  • Limited liability company (LLC)
  • Public joint stock company (PJSC)
  • Private joint stock company (PrJSC).

  • Ministry of Interior
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Local municipal department
  • Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA)
  • Executive Council
  • Ministry of Economy
  • Local health departments
  • Supreme Petroleum Council

Free Zone company is registered with specific free zone area in each emirate of UAE. Set up your Free zone business in UAE faster and in the most convenient manner with 100% foreign ownership and no tax liability.

  • Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) is DP World’s flagship free zone and the largest customs bonded zone in the Middle East. Its proximity to Jebel Ali Port, Al Maktoum International Airport & Expo 2020 Dubai makes it a central location in an unrivalled ecosystem & has helped it become an ideal hub for global trade and a well-integrated business setup solutions provider attracting 23.9% of Dubai’s foreign direct investments.

  • Located in Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) and established in 2002, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) is the ideal free zone for commodities trading, financial services and a large number of specialist industries ranging from agro to energy to diamonds, gold and base metals. Awarded “Global Free Zone of the Year” seven years in a row now, it brings together more than 20,000 businesses from all sectors and industries into the world’s most interconnected Free Zone.

  • Located in the heart of Dubai’s business district and close to the major event center that hosts key exhibitions, events and conferences, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) companies have access to regional and international markets from a competitive and well-organized community. DWTC offers a highly competitive environment for start-ups and international businesses in terms of innovation and productivity. It houses several high-end offices and allows the establishment of event management companies, as well as professional, commercial and general trade businesses.

  • Established in 2002, Dubai Healthcare City was developed in two phases, the first of which is located in Oud Metha, housing hospitals, clinics, medical centers and healthcare facilities as well as academic medical education. The second phase, located in Jaddaf focuses on preventative healthcare and wellness. Dubai Healthcare City adopts best international practices and standards, and enables a strong and variable-responsive regulatory framework to attract the world's leading names in healthcare and medical education. It also provides investors with easy and flexible procedures to establish businesses in medical, education, hospitality, retail and well-being sectors.

  • Dubai Maritime City attracts industry pioneers from around the world, offering them the highest standards of excellence and infrastructure, minimal operational costs, logistics support and an apt environment for marine operations of all kinds. It also provides investors with a wide and integrated portfolio of services on smart platforms. The free zone’s efficient and sustainable infrastructure aims at enhancing investments in the marine sector and supporting the development of a modern and sophisticated maritime business community

  • A global hub for new business setup in the UAE, offering highly competitive pricing and a wide range of business activities. An IFZA company setup is a popular choice for those seeking the most cost-effective general trading company license in the UAE. Other licenses such as consultancy, service, commercial trading, industrial and holding licenses are also issued by IFZA. IFZA facilitates quick company registration and licenses are issued in 2-3 working days.

  • Dubai Design District is home to a growing community of creative thinkers in design, the arts and international fashion houses. Built on the principles of a smart city that provides digital connectivity to an innovation-based economy, the platform showcases a mix of local and international talents, companies that specialize in innovative production, and designs that formulate inspiring art and culture. The vibrant community located near Burj Khalifa and the Dubai World Trade Centre, nurtures and empowers new talent by hosting major industry events and providing a variety of leasing options.

  • The first free zone in the Middle East dedicated to meeting the needs of the science sector, Dubai Science Park houses hundreds of companies employing more than 3,000 scientific professionals, first-rate office spaces and laboratories. The infrastructure caters alike to entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises, and multinational joint stock companies operating in scientific research sectors. The free zone supports innovation, and its flexible environment fosters scientific research, creativity and modernization. Located in Al Barsha South, it also facilitates interaction between government institutions, investors and experts.

  • Founded in 2003 as a non-profit organization, the International Humanitarian City accommodates relief and charity agencies, companies involved in these activities, and several humanitarian groups, and serves as a platform for its members. It also plays a pivotal role in facilitating first response to global crises and disasters. Owing to its location in Jebel Ali, the free zone facilitates speedy transport of shipments to most parts of the world. Working under the aegis of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, the hub has assisted several million needy people.

  • Founded in 2007, Dubai Outsource City provides an integrated infrastructure for outsourcing services, and helps companies connect with external sources that provide business or back-end services. The free zone offers integrated support centers, call centers, and data centers, as well as warehouses. It also provides operational support to companies such as procedures for commercial licenses, registration and work visas. The free zone has vibrant, multicultural business environment and hosts many sports activities, workshops and training courses.

  • Hosting modern technology-based industries and an urban master-planned community in an iconic location, Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) is a globally recognized free zone and an integrated technology park.

Designed as a hi-tech ecosystem in Dubai, DSO offers a wide range of benefits, state-of-the-art infrastructure and in-house business services. It is considered to be the only technology park in the region that provides both a living and working integrated community.

  • Dubai South is the emirate’s newest development project and the venue of highly anticipated events such as Expo 2020 and Dubai Air Show. It is also home to Al Maktoum International Airport, which is set to become the world’s largest airport upon completion. Designed as an integrated economic environment to support all types of businesses and communities, the free zone offers options in technology, events, restaurants and new industries and investors can leverage its low operational costs. Dubai South is expected to accommodate 1 million people and create 500,000 jobs in a few years.

  • Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA). With world-renowned retail and dining venues, a dynamic art & culture scene, residential apartments, hotels, public spaces & a proven independent judicial system with an English common law framework called Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) – DIFC continues to be one of Dubai’s most sought-after business and lifestyle destinations with a vision is to drive the future of finance.

  • Dubai Internet City was established in 1999 to be a strategic base for companies targeting emerging markets, by providing the necessary infrastructure, an ideal environment and efficient and competitive services to manage their operations from Dubai. Dubai Internet City includes modern commercial buildings, boutique offices, retail spaces and hotels. It provides a supportive system for innovative ideas, exchange of knowledge and best practices, and supports intellectual leadership through specialized events. Some of the largest technology giants of the world have their regional offices at Dubai Internet City.

  • With its exceptionally convenient location on Sheikh Zayed Road, it is a phenomenon that must be seen to be believed. Jewelry and bullion worth millions can be admired, reviewed and purchased everywhere you turn, and customers can even choose to have their designs custom-made at the hands of superbly skilled and experienced artisans. And with over 90 leading retailers and brands to choose from, a truly diverse range of options is yours for the asking. A unique and thoughtful combination of not merely retail space but also 118 purpose-built manufacturing blocks, Gold & Diamond Park presents an advantageous proposition to jewelers and business people in search of premium commercial leasing opportunities, including 350 offices.

  • Established in February 2009, Meydan Free Zone (MFZ) is located in one of Dubai’s most prestigious addresses & offers an efficient and seamless business start-up. Meydan Stadium, in which Meydan Free Zone is based, aims at connecting the world with the UAE by hosting international horse racing events. Meydan project also consists of a wide range of commercial developments, sports, hotels, entertainment and fun facilities, a series of state-of-the-art business parks, hospitals, schools, residential villa communities, business towers with luxury waterfront developments and shopping destinations.

  • Since inception in 2007, Dubai International Academic City has attracted prestigious universities and scores of international students, building its position as one of the world’s largest complexes dedicated to higher education. DIAC offers more than 500 academic programs and e-learning courses in various fields through more than 27 international universities registered with the free zone or  located on its sprawling grounds.

  • Dubai Production City (Formerly International Media Production Zone) was established in 2003 as a free zone dedicated to print and media production activities. Hosting numerous businesses in the fields of publishing, printing and packaging, it provides smart and advanced infrastructure, and choices that range from commercial offices to warehouses with flexible spaces that meet various requirements. The business-friendly environment stimulates innovation and creativity, provides the highest levels of operational efficiency and enhances success rates. The free zone also features several sophisticated residential properties.

  • Established in 2005, Dubai Studio City is a free zone dedicated to television, radio and film production. It also includes production studios specialized in music, cinema, and television designed to the highest international standards, along with unprecedented levels of service. The free zone is home to production, editing and montage firms, professional acting and talent agencies, clothing design companies, animation agencies, and specialties in printing. Facilities include storage warehouses, workshops, and choices in office spaces.

  • Dubai Media City is a free zone dedicated to media in all its forms and types. The very first of its kind to be established in the region in 2001, it includes major companies and institutions specialized in the fields of media and communications. DMC is also home to restaurants, hotels, health and sports centers and recreational and service facilities. The free zone has an integrated work environment and greatly flexible ownership patterns which continue to attract thousands of corporate and individual investors.

  • Dubai CommerCity is the first ever e-Commerce free zone which offers a flourishing e-commerce ecosystem to various brands regionally and globally to help them establish and operate their e-commerce business in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region. Located in the Umm Ramool area, Dubai Commercity is divided into three major clusters namely, business, logistics and social, providing various services such as business setup support, warehousing and last mile delivery, e-commerce technology services, e-commerce strategy consulting and customs consulting.

  • The DFSA is the independent regulator of financial services conducted in or from the DIFC, a purpose-built financial free zone in Dubai, UAE.

The DFSA’s regulatory mandate includes asset management, banking and credit services, securities, collective investment funds, custody and trust services, commodities futures trading, Islamic finance, insurance, an international equities exchange, and an international commodities derivatives exchange. In addition to regulating financial and ancillary services, the DFSA is responsible for supervising and enforcing anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) requirements applicable in the DIFC.

  • Established in 1996, Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA) is Dubai’s premium free zone and one of the world’s ultimate free zone destinations. DAFZA currently hosts over 1,600 multinational companies from various industries including IT and telecommunications, aviation, freight and logistics, pharmaceuticals, engineering, food and beverage, jewelry and cosmetics. Some of the world’s most recognized brands – from Rolls Royce and Roche to Boeing and Chanel – have set up their Middle Eastern base in this prestigious free zone.

  • Dubai Expo City represents a new and global home for creativity, and a model for cities of the future in the location that has become a landmark and gained great global importance, after the end of Dubai Expo 2020, and the transformation of the region into an ideal destination and a future city that is environmentally friendly and supported by technology, and includes a number of major pavilions in Expo 2020 Dubai, It will also contain a range of diverse attractions, offices, entertainment facilities, restaurants, cafes, sports clubs, and a shopping center that can be accessed directly via the Dubai Metro. The city also includes the Dubai Exhibition Center, which provides world-class services for hosting exhibitions and conferences, and will be a leading family destination.

  • The Dubai Knowledge Park community is a creative environment where businesses and individuals grow and thrive. The community has access to an exciting line-up of exhibitions, workshops, career fairs, networking events, sports and more.

  • The largest used car market in the GCC, Dubai Auto Zone (DAZ) is envisioned as a comprehensive marketplace for the Auto Industry, catering to buyers, sellers, service providers, automobile companies and their authorized representatives. DAZ provides an integrated platform for all segments of the auto industry to efficiently serve growing needs in the region’s dynamic markets.

  • Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZ) is one of the world’s most innovative and advanced free zones in the UAE. world-class infrastructure and strategic location in the heart of Dubai gives clients the upper hand in their business operations. provide full licensing support for customers starting their tax-free business in Dubai, as well as all-inclusive packages for setting up global business operations and foreign investment. The many benefits of joining the DAFZ business community include tax exemptions, investor incentives and a lack of currency restrictions – making DAFZ one of the world’s most attractive economic growth opportunities.

  • It is a rapidly developing global center for clean technology and renewable energy that relies entirely on renewables. A flagship project of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar City, offers clean energy start-ups a dedicated space to pilot, demonstrate, refine, develop and commercialize their technologies and provides them all the benefits of free zones.

  • ADAFZ mainly targets aviation, aerospace, airport services, logistics, cargo and freight sectors. Some of the facilities and infrastructure ADAFZ provides include commercial offices, plots of land for development, warehousing units and logistics services.

  • It is the ideal free zone for companies in the financial sector, especially private banking, wealth management and asset management.

ADGM comprises three independent authorities: the Registration Authority, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and ADGM Courts. Each of these authorities enables registered financial institutions, companies and entities to thrive and operate within an international regulatory framework based on Common Law.

  • Twofour54 is a media free zone in Abu Dhabi that provides world-class infrastructure and fully integrated support services for creative businesses. It was set up by the Media Zone Authority (MZA) to position Abu Dhabi as a leading player in the Arabic media content creation industry. Popular media houses, including BBC, CNN, Thomson Reuters Foundation and Financial Times are some of the leading names in the international media arena with operations in Twofour54 Abu Dhabi.

  • The hub for integrated trade, logistics and industrial operations. Located in the Al Taweela area between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, KIZAD is intrinsically linked to Khalifa Port – one of the world’s most advanced deep-sea ports.

KIZAD supports all kinds of business activities, including manufacturing, logistics, trade and distribution. Companies operating in this free zone benefit from its customized business facilities, geographical location and low operating cost.

  • An industrial economic zone that provides support and infrastructure for business activities related to oil and gas, engineering, construction materials and more.

It is managed by Zones Corp, the largest operator of purpose-built industrial zones in the UAE and oversees the Al Ain Industrial City.

  • There are four Abu Dhabi ports that are under an hour’s drive from the Zones Corp. Mussafah Port, Zayed Port, Khalifa Port, and Jebel Ali Port are among them. Two world-class international airports in Abu Dhabi and two more in Dubai are also accessible from the zones. Chemicals, food and beverage, oil and gas, leather and textile products, construction materials, engineering and metals, assembly of products, wood and paper products and fiberglass and plastic products are developed at Zones Corp.

  • Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone, a subsidiary of Sharjah Book Authority, is the smarter, simpler and faster choice for entrepreneurs and investors looking to set up their business in the UAE. We offer convenience and flexibility with over 1,500 business activities and various types of modern facilities to operate from – making us an ideal business setup platform.

  • Registering and setting up a business is exceptionally quick, taking less than an hour at the Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA). As the UAE’s second largest industrial free zone, HFZA is home to more than 6,500 businesses from 163 countries. Due to its central coastal location, it offers air, sea and land access to both domestic and regional markets.

  • Sharjah Media City (Shams) was launched in February 2017 to act as a catalyst for creative and media businesses to grow and thrive. The zone is a world-class media hub for innovative facilities and services.

  • The Sharjah Airport Free Zone (SAIF) offers pre-built warehouses for small and medium-sized businesses, while also offering substantial space for larger multinationals to build their own if they wish to do so. The Free Zone has on-site customs for rapid clearance of goods; more than 8000 companies from 160 countries; and has exceptional market access as it is connected to Sharjah International Airport.

  • Established in 2016, the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park is a world-class innovation ecosystem that promotes Research and Development and supports collaboration between industry, government and academia. SRTIP was launched to complement University City and has been very successful in attracting leading innovation-focused SMEs, multinationals, and startups in piloting, commercializing, and adopting R&D.

  • Sharjah Healthcare City (SHCC) is a dedicated healthcare and wellness city home to dozens of hospitals and clinics. Sharjah Healthcare City welcomes Research & Development (R&D) centers, laboratories, hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Located close to Sharjah International Airport, the Free Zone offers investors plots of land for construction of hospitals, clinics and offices and other healthcare buildings are available for long-term leases.

  • Ajman Media City Free Zone was established to boost competitiveness among local and regional businesses, with an inspiring and professional business environment. It accommodates entrepreneurs and SMEs specializing in the media sector through a wide variety of licensing packages. Shared workspaces, easy registrations, flexible processes and professional guidance at every step of company formation are major benefits for investors. The free zone also offers the popular Social Media Influencer license which is mandatory for all product/brand promoters and influencers operating in the UAE

  • Ajman Free Zone is distinguished by its strategic location near Ajman Airport, which boosts the efficiency of companies’ performance as it facilitates the process of supplying products as well as receiving and exporting shipments. It provides government and banking services for businesses under one roof and offers smart platforms for establishing businesses digitally. Offering promising opportunities, it also provides easy requirements for establishing companies, in addition to customized packages that have been designed to meet the needs of independent entrepreneurs and businessmen. Ajman Free Zone offers different types of executive offices, flexible workplaces, environment-friendly warehouses, and labor accommodation. It is home to a large number of health, food and beverage companies that meet the requirements of industrial business. Other benefits include low operational costs, skilled workforce, and providing licenses for e-commerce companies.

  • Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zones (RAKEZ) is a powerhouse business hub for free zone and non-free zone companies. It offers a wide range of cost-effective solutions, services and customizable facilities for entrepreneurs from SMEs to industrial players across all sectors, making it one of the largest economic zones in the region.

  • Ras Al Khaimah Maritime City covers an area of 800 hectares (8 million square meters), and it is a specialized complex that covers all that is needed for the maritime services sector, as it includes its own port, a water area of 820,000 square meters, and berths for loading and unloading. Ship service. The Maritime City also includes berths for boats, boats and private yachts with a water depth of 9 meters at the port entrance.

  • Founded in Fujairah in 2007, Creative City offers cost-effective business solutions for a large number of creative activities. The successful media center provides a professional working environment for investors specializing in consulting, education, communications, marketing, music, entertainment, design, and technology. The free zone’s unique infrastructure and facilities, as well as its customized business packages, enable companies gain a competitive edge, both locally and globally.

Mainland company is an onshore company registered with each emirate of UAE.  Establishing a company in Dubai Mainland, enables you to work within UAE as well as internationally.

Ø  Onshore company that is registered under the government authority of concerned Emirate.

Ø  100% foreign ownership (in some business license UAE national is required as agent only)

Ø  Office space either actual or virtual is required to start the company to operate bank account.

Ø  Can do the business inside and outside of UAE. can deal with government projects and authorities. wide scope for mainland companies.

Ø  Auditing is not mandatory on mainland companies

Ø  Mainland Companies can get employment visa based on requirement of business without the limitation of the space.

Ø  No Minimum capital requirement except few business activities.

An offshore company is generally formed with an intention of operating outside of its registered jurisdiction and the location of its ultimate ownership. You can setup your offshore company in  three leading jurisdictions including; RAK, JAFZA or AJMAN.

  • Company registered in UAE and operating outside of UAE. company formed to act as holding company to do investments.
  • Expat can hold complete 100% shares of the company.
  • No office space required in UAE.
  • Free to do business outside of the Emirates.
  • Audit is not mandatory.
  • Residence visa is not granted in offshore companies.
  • No minimum capital requirement.
  • Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) and Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), Ajman Free Zone ( AFZA) offer offshore formation
  • It is difficult to open a bank account