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Comparative table of UAE Free zones

Registering a company in the UAE is an interesting and promising solution. The peculiarity of this country is in a great variety of legal forms, as well as free zones offering their own conditions for opening a business in the Emirates.

This comparative table shows the 43 free zones of the UAE, which have become attractive business centres for beginners and SMEs from all over the world. Free zones are aimed at a specific type of activity and are controlled by the UAE government, which gives exceptional benefits to companies operating in these jurisdictions.

These benefits include:

  • 100% foreign ownership;
  • 100% corporate tax exemption;
  • 100% repatriation of funds;
  • Communities with industry leading names.

In addition to the above positive sides, registering a company in UAE Free zones can also provide special incentives for certain types of business.

Free zones have changed global markets through a positive impact and provision of business opportunities in the UAE. To understand the differences and choose the most optimal option it will be necessary to undertake a comparative analysis of Free zones.

Especially for IQD Consulting customers, we have created a table that provides answers to the most common questions.

If you have additional questions, then you can request for a professional advice and support from our specialists.

Dubai
Free Zone
Types of business
Share capital in EUR
Registration period
Price in EUR
Dubai Energy & Environment Park (ENPARK)
Energy/ Environmental Technology
12 360
From 4 weeks
From 18500
Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) - DMCC
Commodity trade (trade, service)
12 285
From 3 weeks
From 7500
Meydan Free Zone
Commercial actirity and entertainment
24 568
From 3 weeks
From 6 750
Dubai Industrial City (DIC)
Information and Communication Technologies
73 705, no mandatory requirements for the contribution of the share capital
From 4 weeks
From 5700
Dubai Internet City (DIC)
Information and Communication Technologies, service sector
12 360
From 3 weeks
From 23400
Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV)
Human Resources Management, vocational training, education, service sector
12 360
From 3 weeks
From 7200
Dubai Science Park (DSP)
Scientific developments
12 285
From 3 weeks
From 5100
Dubai World Central (DWC)
Logistic and trade sector
74 150
From 4 weeks
From 7300
Dubai Media City
Media and advertising, service sector
12 360
From 3 weeks
From 6600
Dubai TechnoPark
Technology and Innovation
73 705
From 3 weeks
From 5100
Dubai Textile City
Trade in textiles
The minimum requirement for contribution of the share capital depends on business activity
From 3 weeks
From 8500
Economic Zones World
Investment in various business sectors
36 853
From 3 weeks
From 9100
Dubai Studio City
Media, TV, painting, art
12 285
From 4 weeks
From 18100
Dubai Outsource City
Outsourcing events
74 150
From 4 weeks
From 30100
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)
Commodity trade, service sector
12 360
From 3 weeks
From 12000
Dubai Flower Centre
Trade in flowers and perishable goods
от 122 842 до 245 684
From 2 weeks
From 3550
Dubai International Financial Centre
Financial activities, service sector
45 730
From 28 days
From 50700
Dubai Creative Cluster Authority
Media, information technologies, fashion, film industry, manufacturing, science and more
12 285
From 4 weeks
From 4550
Dubai Logistics City
Logistics and trade
73 600
From 3 weeks
From 5100
International Humanitarian City
Humanitarian assistance/Logistics
No minimum share capital required
From 4 weeks
From 7400
Dubai Production City
Media, design, printing, graphics
73 705
From 4 weeks
From 19475
Dubai Maritime City
Maritime activities
From 122 842 to 245 684
From 4 weeks
From 21235
D3 (Dubai Design District)
Fashion, design, art and media
From 12 284 to 24568
From 4 weeks
From 7300
Dubai World Trade Center Authority (DWTC Authority)
Logistics
73 705
From 4 weeks
From 7300
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
Technologies and service sector
24 720
From 2 weeks
From 12100
Dubai Biotechnology & Research Park
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industry
12 360
From 4 weeks
From 10700
Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA)
Manufacturing ndustry, aircraft, pharmaceuticals, logistics, jewelry, IT and accessories for mobile phones, trade, service sector
250
From 10 days
From 19980
Dubai Cars and Automotive Zone (DUCAMZ)
Re-export of used cars
24 720
From 4 weeks
From 24400
Dubai Gold and Diamond Park
Jewellery, precious and semiprecious stones, precious metals and premium personal items
24 568
From 2 weeks
From 20900
Dubai International Academic City
Education/Intellectual Development
No minimum share capital required
From 4 weeks
From 8200
Jafza Free Zone
Commercial activity
No minimum share capital required
From 2 weeks
From 20 270

Sharjah
Free Zone
Types of business
Share capital in EUR
Registration period
Price in EUR
Hamriyah Free Zone
Maritime and port activities, trade, service sector, manufacturing industry
37 075
From 1 week
From 4500
Sharjah Airport International Free Zone - SAIF Zone
IT services, media, consumer durables, trade, service sector, manufacturing industry
37 075
From 1 week
From 30 995
Sharjah Media City (SHAMS)
Technology, media and other creative industries
No minimum share capital required
From 2 weeks
From 2 100
Ajman
Free Zone
Types of business
Share capital in EUR
Registration period
Price in EUR
Ajman Media City
Media entertainment, trade
No minimum share capital required
1 day
From 4590
Fujairah
Free Zone
Types of business
Share capital in EUR
Registration period
Price in EUR
Fujairah Free Zone
Transport services, logistics, trade, service sector, manufacturing industry
37 075
From 1 week
From 6 160
Abu-Dhabi
Free Zone
Types of business
Share capital in EUR
Registration period
Price in EUR
Masdar City
Sources of energy/technology, trade, service sector, manufacturing industry
12 360
From 2 weeks
From 7 500
Twofour54
Media entertainment
No minimum share capital required
From 4 weeks
From 5 100
Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone (ADAFZ)
Logistics/Comprehensive services in the field of services and products
From 36 950 to 246 200
From 2 weeks
From 20500
Umm Al Quwain
Free Zone
Types of business
Share capital in EUR
Registration period
Price in EUR
Umm Al Quwain
Tourism, fishery, trade, service sector
74 150, no requirements for mandatory contribution of the share capital
From 1 week
From 13 300
Ras Al Khaimah
Free Zone
Types of business
Share capital in EUR
Registration period
Price in EUR
Ras Al Khaimah Free Zone (RAKEZ)
Manufacturing industry and storage facilities
36 853
From 2 weeks
From 8600

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