List of Free Zones
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre – DMCC
DMCC is situated in the heart of Dubai which is the best place to live, work and thrive. DMCC has been crowned 5 times “Global Free Zone of the Year”. It has a vibrant community, innovative infrastructure, world-class services, and stunning choice of properties. DMCC is known as a leading trade and enterprise hub for commodities. From trading of gold and diamond to services, DMCC is a one stop shop for registration of start-up enterprises and multinational companies. DMCC has extended its activities to cater for corporate, consultancy and other services and has also its own commodity derivatives exchange (DGCX).
Dubai Internet City – DIC
Dubai Internet City is the leading Communication and Information Technology hub in Dubai, the UAE and Middle East and North Africa (MENA Region). It is an all-inclusive environment with the perfect commercial spaces, services, retail, and events for thousands of innovators. Dubai Internet City has been established to develop and support communication and information technology companies. The world most reputable ICT companies like Microsoft, Oracle, HP and IBM are present in the Dubai Internet City.
Jebel Ali Free Zone – JAFZA
Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA) has been established in 1985 and is the oldest free zone in the United Arab Emirates. It is home to over 8,000 companies including almost 100 Fortune 500 companies. The Free Zone is perfectly located geographically which is directly linked to one of the busiest ports in the world and around half an hour away from 2 international airports namely Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai International Airport. JAFZA is mostly used for manufacturing, tobacco trading. Sea cargo services, consultancy, and transport services. JAFZA contributes around 23 percent of Dubai’s GDP and attracts more than 32 percent of foreign direct investment. JAFZA has the 7th largest port in the world which is the Jebel Ali Port and the world largest cargo airport which is the Al Maktoum airport.
Dubai Knowledge Park – DKP
Dubai Knowledge Park is the world only free Zone dedicated for talent development and human resource management areas. Dubai Knowledge Park is home for professional development companies, vocation training companies, recruitment, consultancy, and training companies. DKP has been established in 2003 with over 3,000 professionals with more than 100 nationalities. DKP offers Freelance licences with visa without incorporating an entity some specific services can be rendered by individuals.
Dubai Media City – DMC
Dubai Media City has been established for more than 15 years as part of Dubai long term vision to create a regional and international hub for media, communication, advertising and support services. Dubai Media City has the latest infrastructure in the sense of internet speed and other network facilities to media related companies. Dubai Media City also provides Freelancer licence where an individual can render some specific services on its own name. Companies like BBC, CNN, CNBC, Forbes have been established in Dubai Media City.
Dubai Silicon Oasis – DSO
Dubai Silicon Oasis Free Zone is a well reputed free zone for its integrated technology park allowing entrepreneurs in technology sector to easily set up and enjoy the world class infrastructure and other incentives. Dubai Silicon Oasis has a stable and clear set of rules and regulations and fast track licensing process. Dubai Silicon Oasis has a modern living style with stylish apartments and offices and has partnered with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) New York.
Dubai World Trade Centre Free Zone – DWTC
Dubai World Trade Centre Free Zone has been established since 2015 and is suitably located in Dubai’s Central Business District. It gives opportunity to the whole business entrepreneurs from SMEs to large and multinational companies. Dubai World Trade Centre Free Zone has a specific licence for Event Management companies and a whole bunch of events, trade fairs, blockbuster shows, international conferences are organised in Dubai World Trade Centre Free Zone annually.
Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone – RAKEZ
RAKEZ is situated in the heart of Ras Al Khaimah Emirate and is open to all types and sizes of businesses from freelancer to multinationals. Entrepreneurs can apply for different licences and activities at one go. RAKEZ provides commercial, educational, e-commerce, general and other services licences. RAKEZ also caters for different size of warehouses allowing different types of companies to either rent a warehouse or built their own one. RAKEZ is one among the rare Free Zones where you do not need to be physically present in the UAE to incorporate your company.
Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is an advanced financial centre and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA). DIFC provides a world-class platform for business and financial institutions to avail an international financial environment and reach out the regional and international market easily. DIFC has a legislative system consistent with English common law and has also its own court of law which is the DIFC Court and is within the common law framework. DIFC provides a bundle of financial services licences from investment holdings to assets management and fund management. There are also several supporting bodies attached to the DIFC like the DIFC Arbitration Centre, the DIFC Wills Centre and the DIFC FinTech Hive. NASDAQ Dubai is a Dubai-based stock exchange established in the DIFC that lists regional and international shares in the Middle East.
Abu Dhabi Global Market – ADGM
Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) is a financial free zone located in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and has its own civil and common laws. ADGM has been established to boost the financial environment of Abu Dhabi. ADGM caters for some major financial licences including banking, asset management, wealth management, insurance and re-insurance licences. ADGM has its own court of law and has applied the English Regulation 2015 to its civil and commercial law.
Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone – UAQ FTZ
Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone (UAQ FTZ) is located in the heart of the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain which is 45 minutes from the Dubai International Airport. UAQ FTZ is one of the cheapest Free Zone to set up an entity and is probed to attract SMEs. UAQ FTZ provides a range of licences for different business activities from general trading to services and consultancies. UAQ FTZ has an open investment climate and low costs of living and is also located near the UAE primary seaport and Sharjah International Airport.
Hamriyah Free Zone – HFZA
Hamriyah Free Zone is located in the Emirate of Sharjah and is the second largest Industrial Free Zone spread over 26 million square meters. Hamriyah Free Zone is well connected and accessible to different regional countries like Oman, Bahrain through the Sharjah’s road network. Sharjah is known for its excellent shipping network as it is the only emirate having ports on both Arabian Gulf and Arabian Sea. Hamriyah Free Zone is home for a number of steel manufacturers and primary hub for oil and gas.
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