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Free zones in the Emirates

Free zones in the Emirates

أسست الإمارات العربية المتحدة بنى تحتية في غاية الأهمية والتطور، حيث بلغ عددها  (خمسين) منطقة حرة وحرصت على أن تغطي مختلف القطاعات والأنشطة التجارية الرئيسية في المجالات الصناعية والتجارية والصحة والتكنولوجيا والتعليم والاستشارات الهندسية والفنية وغيرها وقد ساعد هذا العدد الكبير من المناطق الحرة في إظهار قدرتها الكبيرة على إدارة هذا التنوع في الأنشطة الاستثمارية بإبداع واحترافية. 

The number of free zones in Dubai is more than 44 free zones distributed in the seven emirates. Get to know them with us in this blog and learn about the various activities that you can engage in in each of them:


Free Zones, Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone

Abu Dhabi Global Market

Khalifa Industrial City in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Industrial City

Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones

Masdar City

Media Zone Authority in Abu Dhabi


Free Zones, Emirate of Dubai

Dubai Biotechnology Research Park (DuBiotech)

Dubai Motor City Free Zone (DUCAMS)

Dubai Design District

Dubai Flower Centre

Dubai Gold and Diamond Park

Dubai Medical District

Industrial City (DIC)

The International Academy in Dubai

Dubai International Financial Centre

Dubai Internet City (DIC)

Knowledge Village in Dubai

Dubai Logistics City

Dubai Media City

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre

Dubai Outsourcing Zone

Dubai Silicon Oasis

Dubai Science Park

Dubai Studio City

Dubai Technopark

Dubai Textile Village

Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone

International Media Production Zone

International City for Humanitarian Services

Jebel Ali Free Zone

Jumeirah Lakes Towers Free Zone

Dubai South or DWC

In addition to many free zones known as “Dubai City” according to their specialization:

for production

for cars

for the internet

to outsource

for information

for production

Dubai Knowledge Village

Dubai International Academy

Dubai Studio City

Dubai Science Park

Dubai Design District


Free zones in the Emirate of Sharjah

Hamriyah Free Zone Authority

Sharjah Airport International Free Zone

Sharjah Media City – Shams


Free zones in the Emirate of Ajman

Ajman Free Zone

Ajman Media City


Free zones in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain

Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone

Free zones in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah Free Zone Authority

Free zones in the Emirate of Fujairah

Fujairah Free Zone Authority

International Free Zone Authority – Fujairah

Creativity City – Fujairah

Advantages of free zones

Free zones are commercial zones established with the aim of increasing commercial traffic and encouraging local and foreign investment. By providing large commercial facilities to stimulate the movement of labor and encourage the establishment of companies and attract capital.

The United Arab Emirates has been very interested in investing. Where it established the first free zone in the year 1985 in the Jebel Ali region, and it was the correct beginning upon which international standards were based and the model by which many free zones were established in the UAE in general. And the Emirate of Dubai in particular, which has become one of the leading cities in the field of investment in free zones, as it offers many privileges, which are:

  • Full ownership of companies up to 100% for foreign investors
  • Providing full freedom for the investor to choose employment without being bound by the rules and laws of sponsorship and employment
  • Granting various and distinct customs and tax exemptions on exports and imports to investors in UAE free zones

Administrative requirements for commercial work in free zones

The Free Zones Department has worked to organize the works and put plans and designs accompanying them. It obligated the companies operating in it to abide by the international trade laws recognized in the free zones at the external level with regard to the fields of export and import.

The services of administrative facilities provided by the free zones include furnishing offices with good office spaces, with the availability of multiple options in terms of furnished or semi-furnished furnishing.

After fulfilling all the requirements related to the necessary licenses and approvals by the investor and starting to practice the business, The Free Zone Authority activates the rest of the vital services required by businesses, such as electricity connections, laying water lines, etc. It also provides the following advantages:

Information and technology services and ensuring their continuity is one of the types of internal support

Communication equipment and internet connection with standard specifications and high speed

Information network connections and wireless communication technologies

The possibility of marketing for work and advertising


Laws governing the free zone

There are several laws and regulations set by the UAE to ensure the continuation of the continuous work in attracting investment to the free zones and to continue the global leadership that it has achieved.

These federal laws apply to all free zones in their various locations in accordance with Federal Law No. 8 of 2004 on financial free zones. And according to Cabinet Resolution No. 28 included in the executive regulations of Federal Law No. 8 of 2004 regarding financial free zones

Advertising services are provided as one of the support services provided to the investor in the free zones. The UAE applies Many of the policies regulating the work of advertising and advertising are all subject to the laws and regulations that fall under the authority of the Department of Economic Development. And in the event that the business carries out advertising campaigns, the approval of the Transport Authority or the approval of the municipal authorities must be obtained, whether it is promotional campaigns on means of transportation, road signs, or any other means.


Goods prohibited in free zones

established the United Arab Emirates, A list of goods prohibited for specific types of entry into free zones and duty-free shops, These prohibited goods were identified based on their nature and source. Under the provisions of the unified customs law of the Gulf Cooperation Council states, or any other federal law regarding such goods, is import, or storage, or transport any of the items classified as prohibited goods, A crime punishable by law in the UAE.


It includes goods prohibited from trading in free zones

Military weapons, ammunition and explosives, except those licensed by the competent authorities

flammable goods, except for operating fuels, and goods permitted by the authority supervising free zones and duty-free shops, according to specific conditions

drugs of all kinds, and its derivatives

All kinds of radioactive materials

Goods originating from economically boycotted countries

Goods that violate commercial, industrial and technical property protection laws, and literary


General customs conditions for import into the free zone:

First, The importer obtains an imported code from the customs

Secondly, The conformity of the imported goods with the activity of the establishment licensed to operate within the free zones

The arrival time of the imported goods to the free zone does not exceed 72 hours from the date of the customs declaration

Third, not open the goods, or change it, Or dispose of it by the licensee before it reaches the free zone, and certified by customs

Fourthly, All goods are subject to inspection while entering the free zone

Fifth, Payment of incomplete documents insurance, In the event that the customer is unable to present the required documents, The amount does not exceed 500 dirhams

This means that the company or commercial entity operating in the free zone is exempted. Those who are authorized to import from abroad shall be free from paying customs duties. Unless goods are transported from the free zone to various other free zones in the UAE.

In the same context, In order to make things easier for investors and business owners, the state has provided many warehouses in the ports and allocated them to companies that wish to store their imported goods or those that wish to re-export them. A security deposit of the value of customs duties must be paid. It is retrieved upon re-export.

at the end, We would like to remind you that in Itqan we have a full team of experts specialized in company registration issues in all free zones in the Emirates. You can contact us at any time to help you choose the most appropriate free zone for your business.


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