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  • U.A.E. Free Zone Locations Compared

    On this page, you’ll find an overview of free trade zones* in the United Arab Emirates. Please note that while the format of this website does not providesufficient space for each free zone to be described in detail, this page should enable you to narrow down your choice to one or two suitable locations. Our specialists are always on hand to provide in-depth advice.

    To date, free trade zones have been established in the emirates of Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), Ajman and Fudschaira. Within these free trade zones, companies may be founded without the involvement of a native shareholder. These companies also enjoy special tax privileges.

    Different zones within the free trade zone system are differentiated by the type of business they promote. This can be seen clearly from the example of Dubai:

    Jebel Ali Free Zone Mainly significant as a freeport zone
    Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Facilitates the handling of raw materials
    Dubai Media City International productions
    Knowledge Village Branches of international universities
    Gold and Diamond Park Trade in gold and diamonds
    Dubai Car and Automotive City For the automobile industry
    Dubai Maritime City Maritime services
    Dubai Aid City International healthcare
     

    Furthermore, it is not only the free zones within an emirate which differ from one another. The individual emirates are always in competition with one another as free zones and so conditions, advantages and disadvantages differ from emirate to emirate

    The ideal location for your enterprise

    Privacy Management Group is domiciled in the United Arab Emirates. Based on our experience, we have identified the U.A.E. free trade zones (free zones) that we believe to be most relevant for the majority of prospective company owners.

    The following comparison should in no way be taken to mean that, having spoken with you personally and considered your individual requirements, we will not recommend a different free trade zone if we feel to be better suited for your company. Our comparison takes only around 92% of relevant considerations into account;the exceptions here prove the rule.

    The relevant U.A.E. free tradezones in comparison

    Free zone Available licence types (possible areas of business activity)
    Ras Al Khaimah (RAK Free Zone) Industry, trade, import & export, services, e-commerce, national industry, media, etc.
    Dubai (Jebel Ali Freezone) Trade, industry, services or national industry
    Ajman (Ajman Free Zone) Trade, e-commerce, services.
     

    The available licence types alone will often allow you to determine which free zone is best suited for your proposed business activities. If you are yet to make a decision, the following comparison may be of assistance.

    Free Zone Corporation Corporate Income Tax (CIT) Office Rental Costs Complexity of Formation Process Visa and Residency Banks
     
    Ras Al Khaimah 0% low medium complex ++
    Jebel Ali 0% medium high very complex ++
    Ajman 0% low low easy ++
     

    The above comparison does not automatically mean that weview the Dubai Free Zone of Jebel Ali as not recommendable overall. For example, the intended purpose of your enterprise might renderJebel Ali far more suitable than other free zones despite the relative disadvantages represented above. However – and it is for this reason that we provide these comparisons at all – there are a number of basic pros and cons for each location. Our aim to present these in an easy-to-understand way. As such, the table below provides a further comparison, compiled on the basis of our experiences:

    Free Zone Duration of Formation Requirements Bureaucracy
    Ras Al Khaimah +/- +/- +/-
    Jebel Ali - +/- +/-
    Ajman ++ + +/-
     

    And how do ratings agencies regard these locations with regard to the financial securityof future development?

    Free Zone Rating Agency Year of Valuation Valuation
    Ras Al Khaimah Standard & Poors 2012 A/AA-1
    Jebel Ali Moody's 2013 Ba2
    Ajman Not rated Not rated Not rated

    Need More Detailed Information?

    Privacy Management Group can offer you a personal consultation on location or via telephone or email. Additionally, you can use the following links to find out moreabout the Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman free zones and to view and compare our fees and services.

    Legal Notices

    Privacy Management GroupFZ-LLC regularly checks and updates the information on its websites. Despite all due diligence, it is possible that some facts have changed in the meantime. It is therefore not possible to assume liability or provide any guarantee as to the relevance, completeness or correctness of the information provided. The same applies for all other websites that are accessed through the hyperlinks provided. Privacy Management GroupFZ-LLC is not responsible for the content of websites that are accessed through these links. Furthermore, Privacy Management GroupFZ-LLC reserves the right to make changes or additions to the content provided. In addition to the content and structural copyright protection rights of Privacy Management GroupFZ-LLC websites, the reproduction of information or files, in particular the use of texts, extracts or images, is prohibited without the prior written consent of Privacy Management GroupFZ-LLC.

    None of the content on any of the Privacy Management GroupFZ-LLC web pages represents an individual recommendation nor is it to be understood as an invitation to trade, default or purchase. Privacy Management GroupFZ-LLC also explicitly points out that you should seek advice from experienced tax consultants and/or lawyers, in particular for any cross-border activities. In principle, any income generated domestically or internationally is subject to taxation. It is solely your responsibility to fulfil your domestic and/or international tax obligations appropriately. Privacy Management GroupFZ-LLC does not accept liability under any circumstance. Additionally, our General Terms & Conditions as well as our Data Protection Provisions and Legal Details apply.

    Asset Protection

    CFC-Management-Services

    The taxation of companies on an international level generally follows the principle of decision-making power. A company is thus taxable in the country where ‘Management & Control’ is exercised. In general, international authorities assume that ‘Management & Control’ of a company is exercised in the same country where the general manager/director resides.

    Therefore, if you live outside of Panama, it makes sense to have at least local managing directors/directors in Panama. The level of authority of these Nominee-Directors can be determined individually according to personal needs and legal requirements.

    In addition, in most cases at least one foreign business address or even a foreign business premise is required. For this, we offer appropriate packages, with which this can be verified.

    Note: It is of course also possible to hire local managing directors instead of using nominee directors, should you prefer to do so. We are happy to advise you on the one-off and running costs upon request!

    Annual fees are only due after the first 12 months

    The annual fees are not due for payment until 12 months after the formation of your company in Panama. In the following years the settlement of the annual fees follows a 12-month cycle.

    For example: You establish a company in Panama on 14.07.2019. The start-up fees already include all the costs for the first year, with the exception of costs for optional services. After 12 months, at the latest on 14.07.2020, the annual fees for your company in Panama are due for payment (plus any optional services). Subsequently, the payment date recurs every year on 14th July at the latest.

    Renewal of the management fee annually USD 740.00
    Registered agent annually USD 245.00
    Registered office annually USD 245.00
    Corporate franchise fees annually USD 300.00
    annually

    Annual fees are only due after the first 12 months

    The annual fees are not due for payment until 12 months after the formation of your company in the Seychelles. In the following years the settlement of the annual fees follows a 12-month cycle.

    For example: You establish a company in the Seychelles on 14.07.2019. The start-up fees already include all the costs for the first year, with the exception of costs for optional services. After 12 months, at the latest on 14.07.2020, the annual fees for your company in the Seychelles are due for payment (plus any optional services). Subsequently, the payment date recurs every year on 14th July at the latest.

    Renewal of the management fee annually USD 190.00
    Registered agent annually USD 210.00
    Registered office annually USD 210.00
    Corporate franchise fees annually USD 190.00
    annually

    CFC-Management-Services

    The taxation of companies on an international level generally follows the principle of decision-making power. A company is thus taxable in the country where ‘Management & Control’ is exercised. In general, international authorities assume that ‘Management & Control’ of a company is exercised in the same country where the general manager/director resides.

    Therefore, if you live outside of the Seychelles, it makes sense to have at least local managing directors/directors in the Seychelles. The level of authority of these Nominee-Directors can be determined individually according to personal needs and legal requirements.

    In addition, in most cases at least one foreign business address or even a foreign business premise is required. For this, we offer appropriate packages, with which this can be verified.

    Note: It is of course also possible to hire local managing directors instead of using nominee directors, should you prefer to do so. We are happy to advise you on the one-off and running costs upon request!

    CFC-Management-Services

    The taxation of companies on an international level generally follows the principle of ‘location of decision-making power’. A company is thus taxable in the country where ‘Management & Control’ is exercised. In general, international authorities assume that ‘Management & Control’ of a company is exercised in the same country where the general manager/director resides. .

    Should you intend not to take on the position of local manager/director, despite having an investor visa, we can provide you with the appropriate trustee-service that will manage this position for you – a nominee is a natural person residing in the UAE. Similarly, should you not wish to officially appear as a shareholder of your Freezone-company in RAK, even in this case we can satisfy your requirements through the use of an appropriate Nominee-company. Let’s talk about it, we are at your disposal!

    CFC-Management Packages

    The international CFC-Rules are of particular importance when a Panama company wants to, for example, send invoices to companies based abroad.

    Each country implements CFC-Rules on a national and individual basis and thus makes different demands on the substance and structure of a foreign company. For the benefit of your customers, business partners and contractors and with the aim of not losing them, for example through ‘denied business expenses’ in your country of residence, you should adapt your company to international standards. In regards to this we can support you with one of our management packages.

    CFC Management Packages

    The international CFC-Rules are of particular importance when a Seychelles company wants to, for example, send invoices to companies based abroad.

    Each country has implemented the CFC-Rules on a national and individual basis and thus makes different demands on the substance and structure of a foreign company. For the benefit of your customers, business partners and contractors and with the aim of not losing them, for example through "denied business expenses" in your country of residence, you should adapt your company to international standards. In regards to this we can support you with one of our management packages.