Free Zones are Special Economic Zones set up by the UAE government where business owners get the benefit of keeping 100% business ownership and enjoy tax exemptions. These Free Zones have gained worldwide acceptability. Over the years, thousands of companies have benefitted from the numerous advantages and support provided by the government in these Free Zones.
Our Free Zone and Entrepreneurship Study Tour has been designed for promoters, business owners, entrepreneurs, and CXOs who want to set up their operations in the Middle East. This Tour focuses on providing information on setting up different types of companies in Free Zones, the process of registering businesses, applying for visa and residency permits, document approvals, office set-up process, and banking assistance. As participants travel to prominent Free Zones, they get to interact with senior Marketing, Compliance and Onboarding teams, meet representatives of other companies and visit warehouses, office complexes and other facilities. After the tour, participants will be ready to kickstart their Middle East operations in a straight forward, hassle-free, and efficient manner!
Meet the trip curator and interact with fellow travelers. Visit DAFZA, DMC & DIAC.
Welcome to Dubai
Sharjah and Ajman Free Zones
Orientation at SAIF Zone and Ajman Free Zone. Enjoy dinner at the top of the Burj.
Visit Dubai's Largest Free Zones
Interact with the experts at DMCC and JAFZA followed by a lavish dinner at La Mer Beach.
DIFC, RAKEZ with Keynote session
Explore DIFC and RAKEZ followed by a keynote session with experts from all sectors.
Trip Curator: Thomas Kimber
Thomas Kimber is an expert in company formation, setting up family offices and setting up trusts for succession planning with 11 years of work experience...
Master Curator: Leonie Kerswill
Leonie Kerswill is an eminent Tax and Family Business Advisor with more than 34 years of experience. She has been based in Dubai for the last 6 years...
|Ownership Structure||Expats can have 100% ownership||Expats can hold only 49% of the share capital|
|Government Approvals||Free Zones have their own rules for approval of any company inside its jurisdiction and they do not require approvals from authorities outside the Free Zones||Need permission from authorities like DED, Ministry of Labor, Dubai Municipality, Ministry of Interior and others|
|Audit||Not all Free Zone companies are required to get their books audited||The mainland companies must get their books audited at the end of every financial year|
|Laws||Many Free Zones are governed by their own laws||Governed by regular Mainland laws|
|Office Space||There is no minimum office space requirement for a Free Zone company||In Mainland company, there is a requirement to lease a minimum of 200 sq ft|
|Visa Facility||Getting visas for employees and directors is much easier in Free Zones because of Single Window Clearance||Mainland company does not have limitations of visas but applying for visas is a tedious process|
Free Zone vs Mainland Dubai
Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone)
Ajman Free Zone
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSO)
Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA)
Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA)
Dubai Media City (DMC)
Dubai International Academic City (DIAC)
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)
Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ)