UAE Free Zone Companies and Branches

There are over 30 onshore free zones within the UAE, which were established in order to facilitate foreign investment into the country, as they allow for 100% foreign ownership, with no requirement for a UAE national sponsor or local agent.

Free Zones are located in designated areas throughout the UAE, with some focussing on attracting businesses in specific segments e.g. finance, media or trading.

Uses and advantages of UAE free zone companies and branches

Uses:

  • As a trade and logistics hub for wholesale trade in the surrounding region
  • A service business looking to be closer to key regional clients and markets
  • An internationally mobile entrepreneur looking to establish a tax efficient structure in the UAE for business and residency purposes
  • To act as a base for employees and their families where employees are required to conduct significant business travel to less stable countries in the surrounding region

Advantages:

  • 100% foreign ownership permitted with no local sponsorship or agents required
  • Enables the renting of a dedicated office in the UAE (within the designated free zone locality)
  • Can avail of the UAE’s extensive network of double taxation treaties
  • Can obtain UAE residence visas for owners, officers and managers if required
  • Can conduct wholesale trade or services in the UAE

Restrictions include:

  • Renting a dedicated office outside of the physical vicinity of the free zone in which they are licensed under
  • Restrictions as to the type of dealings one may conduct from outside of their respective free zone

Our services include:

  • Formation of free zone company or branch registration
  • Provision of company secretary
  • Provision of Dubai based directors and officers, including a free zone manager where applicable
  • Provision of nominee shareholders
  • On-going administration including processing of transactions, maintenance of statutory and corporate records and undertaking relevant statutory filings
  • Assistance with the processing of residence visas
  • Assistance with locating an office in the respective free zone
  • Bookkeeping and accounting
  • Management of banking facilities