Everything You Need to Know about Dubai Free zones

by Zaara 28, Nov 2016

Everything You Need to Know about Free zones in Dubai

In simple words, ‘Free zone’ means a special economic zone where business owners get the benefit of keeping 100% business ownership and enjoy tax exemptions. As a business owner, you get to keep all the profits accrued and pull it back into your business. Well, Free zones in Dubai are offering you just that and more.

Here are 8 reasons why you must think of business setup in Dubai Free Zones.

  1. Tax exemption: While all major countries are revamping their tax laws, Dubai is offering a tax-exempted environment, letting you invest your money and rope in maximum profits and benefits.
  2. Ownership: Contrary to Limited Liability Company (LLC) clause where your stake as a foreigner is limited, under Free zones, you get 100% ownership on your business. While other business settings require you have a local sponsor/promoter, under Dubai Free Zones laws, a single individual can set up the business.
  3. Ownership and lease options: You are eligible for additional perks of 25 years of lease options, having assembling and production facilities and warehouse facilities.
  4. Indulge more than one activity: If you are looking for Dubai business setup, an advantage you get is that you are not restricted to carry out just one business-related activity.
  5. Business confidentiality
  6. Bank account rules relaxation: You can open a bank account in your name in Dubai.
  7. Reasonable renewal fees
  8. Wrap up at your will and discretion

Naturally, the Dubai Free Zone Company are demarcated into various categories depending on their area of operation. The following will be helpful in case you are looking to set up business in Dubai free zones.

  1. Aviation
  2. Education
  3. Financial
  4. Information and Communication Technology(ICT)
  5. Information and Logistics
  6. Media
  7. Tourism and Hospitality


Dubai Aviation Citicorp-Dubai World central (DWC) and Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA) are two strategic aviation initiatives of the Government of Dubai, aimed to propel the economy in the right direction.

Under the DWC, lies The Al Maktoum international airport. It is spread across 6.7km sq. of land, has the ability to handle 160 million passengers and 12million tonnes of cargo annually.

DWC caters mainly in the following service areas: Registration & licensing, infrastructure, Data Centre, accommodation management, housekeeping, health&safety, and others.

Dubai Airport Free zone (DAFZ) on the other hand, is one of the fastest-growing Free zones not just in Dubai but all over the world. Close to 1600 companies operating in construction, electronics, logistics, and aviation operations on the DAFZ. Dubai international airport provides a fertile business area by offering state of the art infrastructure and modern amenities.


Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Village.

Home to students from 137 nationalities and over 400 education courses, Dubai International Academic City is your one-stop-shop for investments in the higher education area.

Dubai knowledge villages offer facilities like office and retail space and business centres in human resource management and allied areas.


Dubai International Financial Center and Gold & Diamond parks are two hallmarks of the financial Free zone that Dubai has to offer.

With no restriction on capital conversion and profit repatriation, Dubai International Financial Centre is a Free zone dedicated to connecting with economies of America, Europe, and Asia.  Various banks, insurance companies, and consultants have set base in Dubai. They are governed by international regulatory and legal standards.

As the name suggests, Gold & Diamond Park is every jeweller’s dream and shopper’s paradise. You can look into joining the club with existing 118 manufactures, 90 retailers and 350 offices spaces.

Information and communication technology (ICT)

ICT includes Dubai Internet CityDubai Outsource Zone, and Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

With intent to help telecom and IT business flourish, Dubai Internet City is Middle East’s largest Free zone IT setup. The products to offer includes retail and office spaces in large business parks and advertising & venue management services amongst others.

As the name suggests, the Dubai Outsource Zone supports outsourcing business setups in the call centre, Business Processes, Human Resource, Information Technology, and back-office operations.

Dubai Silicon Oasis Free Zone Authority is the place for all technology-driven modern industries in information technology space like E-services, data centres, telecoms, networking to name a few.

Industrial and logistics

Jebel Ali free zone or commonly called JAFZA Dubai is the core Free zone of Dubai government in industrial space.

Over 6400 companies (120 fortune 500 companies) operate in this 50 sq. feet business centre and are flourishing owing to tax-free trade and rapidly growing business environment.


TECOM investment is a known name in business parks. There are around 4500 businesses operating under above-mentioned industries of ICT, education, manufacturing sectors in TECOM business parks. TECOM has laid foundations for Smart cities like SmartCity Malta- one of the most innovative projects undertaken in Dubai business sector.

Dubai Media City Free Zone and Studio City are home to the biggest entrepreneurs in media and advertisement space. Think of any major global media player and they sure have set up base in this 100% ownership and tax-free income generation sector.

There are other unclassified Free zones like Jumeirah lakes tower Free zone (JLT Free zone), Dubai Health CityMeydan Free Zone and International Humanitarian City (IHC).

When it comes to operating business sectors, Dubai Free zone has everything under the sun. Dubai has one of the best infrastructure and modern amenities in the world. Add to that the 100% business ownership and tax-free income, the possibilities are endless.

We at Commitbiz are Business Setup Consultants in Dubai help you figure out the best business operational area and assist you with Dubai free zone business formation to make sure that your business venture is most profitable.

Contact us today to maximize your business outputs.


Which Dubai freezone is the best?

 Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) is considered one of the best free zones in the UAE.

Who issues the freezone license?

The freezone license is issued by the Freezone Authority.

How many free zones are operating in Dubai?

There are more than 30 freezone were operating in Dubai.

When did the freezone licenses generally renewed?

 You should renew your license every one to three years, depending on your company's needs.

Did the cost of setting up an office differ from one freezone to another?


What are the different types of licenses in the Dubai freezone?

The different types of licenses are,

  • Trade license

  • Industrial license, 

  • Service license, 

  • National Industrial license

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