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ParticularsJebel Ali Free ZoneDubai Airport Free ZoneDubai Media City Free ZoneDubai Internet City Free ZoneDubai Health Care City Free Zone
LocationDubaiDubaiDubaiDubaiDubai
Infrastructure Quality (1-5)4.54.64.74.74.7
Nature of LicensesTradingTradingMedia & MarketingSoftware, Internet and MultimediaHealth Care
ServiceServiceEvent ManagementTelecom and NetworksEducation
IndustrialIndustrialService ProvidersService ProvidersService Providers
National IndustrialHotels & Property ManagementHotels & Property ManagementHotels & Property Management
General Tradinginvestors can import, distribute and store all items as per Jafza rules and regulationsDubai Airport Free Zone’s Internal rules and regulations applyAs per regulations of DMCAs per regulations of DICNot Allowed
Types of OwnershipFZEFZEFZE, FreelancerBranch of a Foreign CompanyFZCO-LLC
FZCO – Multiple ShareholdersFZCO – Multiple ShareholdersBranch of a Foreign or UAE Based CompanyFZCO-LLCBranch of a Foreign Company
Branch of a Foreign CompanyBranch of a Foreign CompanyFZCO-LLCBranch of a UAE CompanyBranch of a UAE Company
Minimum Capital RequiredAn FZE registration requires AED 1,000,000 or USD 272,109Capital for incorporating an FZE is AED 1,000 or USD 273For LLC minimum paid up capital is AED 50,000 or USD 13,606 except Broadcasting TV segment and Broadcasting Radio Segment where minimum paid up capital is AED 2,500,000 orUSD 680,273AED 50,000 or USD 13,606AED 50,000 for Commercial and AED 300,000 for Clinical
Capital for FZCO license is AED 500,000 or USD 136,055FZCO requires AED 1,000 or USD 273 per shareholder. (Maximum limit is 50. Each share should be in the denomination of AED 1,000Over 140 different types of licenses available to investors and minimum capital requirement varies accordinglyBranch establishments have no formal capital requirementsBranch establishments have no formal capital requirements
Distance from Dubai Airport by Car (minutes)4010303010
Type of PortSeaportAirportInlandInlandInland
UAE SalesSales can be carried out through an agent or distributor only at 4% custom duty. Free sales in UAE not allowedSales can be carried out through an agent or distributor only at 4% custom duty. Free sales in UAE not allowedDubai Media City offers licenses for entties engaged in services, broadcasting, hotels and leisureDubai Internet City offers licenses for Software, Internet and Multimedia, Telecommunication and Network and IT servicesDubai Health Care City offers licenses for health care services, consultancy, regional head quarters, hotels and leisure services and property management services
ParticularsDubai Multi Commodities CentreSharjah Airport Intern’l Free ZoneHamriya Free Zone -sharjahAjman Free ZoneRas Al Khaimah Free Zone
LocationDubaiSharjahSharjahAjmanRas Al Khaimah
Infrastructure Quality (1-5)4.544.344
Nature of LicensesTrading and RepairingCommercialCommercialTradingCommercial
Construction, Real Estate and Business ServicesServiceServiceService / ProfessionalConsultancy & Service
Hotels and RestaurantsIndustrialIndustrialIndustrialIndustrial
Mining, Transportation, Financial intermediation and several othersNational IndustrialNational Industrial
General TradingAllowedAllowedAllowedAllowed
Types of OwnershipLLCFZEFZEFZEFZE
Branch of a Foreign or UAE Based CompanyFZCOFZCOFZCOFZCO
Subsidiary Company (Foreign or UAE)Branch of a Foreign CompanyBranch of a Foreign CompanyBranch of a Foreign CompanyBranch of a Foreign Company
Minimum Capital RequiredAED 50,000 or USD 13,606 per shareholderFZE requires AED 150,000(min ) or USD 40,817FZE requires AED 150,000(min ) or USD 40,818FZE requires min capital of AED 185,000 or USD 50,000.FZE requires AED 100,000 or USD 27,247
Varies accordinglyFZCO requires AED 150,000 ( min ) or USD 40,817FZCO requires AED 150,000 ( min ) or USD 40,818FZCO requires min capital of AED 500,000 or USD 136,055FZCO requires AED 100,000 or USD 27,247
Distance from Dubai Airport by Car (minutes)25504045120
Type of PortInlandAirportSeaportSeaportSeaport and Airport
UAE SalesFree Zone Company can do business in UAE through an LLC incorporated in mainland with import/export licenseSales can be carried out through an agent or distributor only at 4% custom duty. Free sales in UAE not allowedSales can be carried out through an agent or distributor only at 4% custom duty. Free sales in UAE not allowedSales can be carried out through an agent or distributor only at 4% custom duty. Free sales in UAE not allowedSales can be carried out through an agent or distributor only at 4% custom duty. Free sales in UAE not allowed


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