Frequently Asked Questions About a Free Zone Start Up

Setting up business in the UAE depends on the rules & regulations, the business environment and the culture prevailing in the respective Free Zone of an Emirate. It is important to identify the right zone suitable for your company activity and requirements during the course of setting up the business.

Following are a few FAQs related to Free Zones in the UAE.

What is a Freezone Company?

Free Zone Companies are registered and listed with a Free Zone Authority. A Free Zone Company does not require you to have any Local UAE Citizen Partner and can be 100% owned by any foreign citizen and/or company.

Free Zone companies can be registered as an Individual, Branch, and/or Subsidiaries of Local UAE, or Foreign Companies.


What are the benefits of opting for a Free Zone registration?

  • No personal income and capital taxes
  • No corporate taxation
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • No currency restrictions
  • Competitive import duties (5% with many exemptions).
  • Abundant and inexpensive energy supply
  • Simple staff recruitment procedures
  • Competitive freight charges.

Can I choose any name for my Free Zone Company?

Yes, you can choose any name yourself. However, the registration will go through the Authority and Dubai Economic Department approvals.


How many employees can I hire in my Free Zone Company?

The number of employees you can hire depends on the Office Space you lease. If you require more visas than the allocated number, additional fees are applicable.

Do I need to have a physical address to acquire a company in a Free Zone?

It is mandatory to acquire a facility upon issuance of the License. You can either rent or buy a Flexi Desk, Serviced Office, Physical Office, Retail Space and Warehouses or Open Land for Industrial Units.



Can I open a UAE Bank Account with my Free Zone Company?

Yes, you can and there is a wide variety of good banks to choose from.


Will I be able to trade inside and outside UAE with my Freezone Company?

Yes, you can trade locally and internationally but subject to the Rules and Regulations of the Free Zone.


How long will it take to setup a Free Zone Company?

Company formation in Free Zones have a minimum processing time of 3-6 weeks. However, the speed of approvals will depend on the chosen activity, certification, and attestation requirements.


Do I need to be a UAE Resident if I have a Free Zone Company?

No, you are not required to be a resident or to live in the UAE if you own a Free Zone Company.


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