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Richard Smith BSc (Hons), TEP

Richard Smith BSc (Hons), TEP

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5 steps to choosing the perfect free zone

The benefits of UAE free zones are well-known Ė from 100% ownership without a UAE sponsor, to exemption from personal income tax and capital gain tax, to 0% corporate tax. Itís a long list of incentives.


These may apply to all free zones, but each individual zone does offer specific benefits. And itís these that need to be taken into account when choosing which one is right for your company setup.

So letís look at 5 areas to consider when choosing your ideal free zone.

  1. Choose a business activity: This is a first key step since each free zone has different activities that it permits. Once you know your business activity, you can immediately narrow down your list.
  2. Decide on office requirements: You might start with a flexi desk option in a co-working space but who knows how your business may grow. Understanding the facilities the free zone offers (for future expansion) is an important factor in your initial choice.
  3. Calculate visa requirements: Each free zone will have different offers. The first step is for you to look at the number of visas you need for your employees, then compare to the free zoneís offer.
  4. Proximity to transport hubs: For some businesses being near a main road, an airport, a sea port is critical. For others, itís less so. Thinking about your logistical requirements ahead of time will inform your free zone choice.
  5. Consider your budget: For each free zone there will be different fees for licenses, visas, registration and so on. These fees will play a key role in your decision once you have finalised your budget.
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