Incorporation In UAE Free Zone

Incorporation In UAE freezone

If you want to be a part of the UAE’s growing economy while having complete ownership of your company, then a Free Zone is the perfect location for your business. Many entrepreneurs don’t like the idea of having a UAE national as a partner that will have 51% shares in the company. That’s not the case with a company in the Free Zone. With this company type, 100% ownership is allowed, and you’ll still get all the benefits of doing business in the UAE.

There are 45 Free Zones in the UAE right now. Free Zones are an area where goods can be manufactured, imported, exported, handled, or reconfigured without paying any customs duty. Not only are the benefits great, but so is the location. Free Zones are located in strategic locations that maximize trading near national borders, international airports, and major seaports.

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STEPS FOR LLC BUisness setup in uae

Steps for UAE Free Zone Business Setup. There are dozens of Free Zones throughout the UAE, each designed for specific business activity. These areas vary in their focus, the setup costs, and the paperwork that is needed for business setup. Here are the basic steps for UAE Free Zone Business Setup:

01 Select a license type and business activity

Determine what type of business activity you will be doing so you will know what type of business license to apply for. Each Free Zone has different rules for the number of activities that can be added to one license.

02 Choose a Free Zone

Choose a Free Zone that will be best for your business. Each Free Zone has certain activities that are allowed, visa quotas, and facilities that are available. You will have to choose which Free Zone will work best for the type of business activity you will have.

 03 Select a corporate structure

Choose what type of corporate structure your business will need. You should also make sure your corporate structure is allowed with the Free Zone that you want to form your company in. The types of corporate structures available are:

  • New Company
  • Subsidiary Company
  • Joint Venture Company
  • Branch of a Local or a Foreign Company

04 Select trade name and prepare documents

You will have to narrow your desired trade names down to three and submit the name choices with the required documents. Each Free Zone has its own document requirements.

05 Apply for initial approval

In this step, your company name, business activity, and company structure will get initial approval.

06 Sign legal documents for company incorporation

After you get initial approval, a face-to-face or video call with a Free Zone representative will be setup. You’ll have to sign the required documents like the MOA, Board Resolution, and any other documents required by your Free Zone.

07 Establish business location

Now, you’ll have to find property for your company in the Free Zone that you’ve chosen and sign a Tenancy Contract and get an Ejari Certificate. You may be required to provide other documents depending on the type of facility you choose for your company.

08 Collect business license

After you’ve signed all the required documents, paid all the required fees, and gotten all the approvals you need from authorities, then you’ll be able to get your business license and get your company going.

Documents required

  • Application license form
  • Business card of the contact person
  • Copy of business plan
  • Notarized and attested Memorandum of Association (MOA)
  • Notarized Articles of Association (AOA)
  • Passport copies of the partners and business managers
  • Original bank reference letters
  • License of the partner’s existing company, if applicable