The Benefits of a Free Zone License
There are around 40 Free Zones operating in the UAE, with more under construction. Each Free Zone is designed around one or more commercial categories and only offers licenses to companies within those categories.
The main attraction of establishing an entity in one of the UAE’s Free Zones is that there are no foreign ownership restrictions and companies are governed by an independent Free Zone Authority (FZA), which is responsible for issuing operating licenses and regulating the activities of companies within the Free Zone.
The UAE is now a major business hub and ideal for setting up a business or a representative office, there are now over 40 different “Free Trade Zones” in the UAE so identifying the best Free Zone through which to conduct business in the region can be a tedious task. It is also a common misconception that a Free Zone Company is an offshore company, however, in spite of their similarities; they do also have very differing characteristics.