Market Entry in The UAE

>> Free Zones (FZ) in The UAE

The UAE is the only country in the Middle East where a big number of Free Trade Zones and Free Industrial Zones are available for investors who wish to gain more from their investment. The free zones, which have been set up and the overall business friendly environment make the UAE a popular destination for entrepreneurs and Expats alike.

The first Free Zone formed was Jebel Ali, Dubai, in 1985 which witnessed a tremendous growth in the years to come by way of increased number of investors. Many have established their offices, factories or warehouses and invested millions which in turn had given them huge returns from the UAE Free Zones. That is precisely the reason why even more foreign investors are being attracted nowadays to the UAE Free Zones.

Currently, well over 12,000 companies, many of which being major brands, operate under the UAE Free Zones Authority.

https://government.ae/en/information-and-services/business/starting-a-business-in-a-free-zone

Even though all free zones provide many attractive schemes for the benefit of investors, not all are the same when we consider the facilities offered by them. Therefore it will be worthwhile to have a visit to the facilities offered by each one. The most popular FZs are:

  • DIFC – Dubai International Financial Centre.
  • JAFZ – Jebel Ali Free Zone
  • DMCC – Dubai Multi Commodities Centre
  • DAFZ – Dubai Airport Free Zone.
  • DCC – Dubai Creative Clusters, otherwise known as TECOM and which includes Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City etc.
  • KIZAD – Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi
  • Masdar City

Latest version updated 22nd December 2017

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