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Sharjah Airport International Free Zone

The Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone) was set up in 1995 with futuristic and technologically advanced infrastructure aimed to attract investments to the Emirate of Sharjah. SAIF Zone is also one of the cost effective options of business registration for start up businesses in UAE.

Main Benefits

  • 100% ownership.
  • No tax on corporate gains or personal incomes
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • Exemption from import and export duties

The Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone) was set up in 1995 with futuristic and technologically advanced infrastructure aimed to attract investments to the Emirate of Sharjah. The SAIF Zone is built adjacent to the Sharjah International Airport and is also easily accessible to seaports on the Indian Ocean (Port Khor Fakkan) and the Arabian Gulf (Port Khalid).

SAIF Zone is situated at the crossroads of major trading routes linking the East & West. SAIF Zone is a hub that offers excellent sea, land and air transport links with access to over two billion consumers across the GCC, the CIS, Asian sub-continent, parts of Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe.

A stable government, proactive policies, solid industrial base and an attractive incentives package have drawn a very high proportion of foreign investments into SAIF Zone and Sharjah in recent years.

Advantages of Setting Up In SAIF Zone

Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF) is one of the cost effective options for business registration. The investors setting up their business in SAIF Zone enjoy all the following incentives provided at UAE Free Zones

Tax Incentives

  • 100% corporate tax exemption
  • 100% import and export tax exemption
  • 100% personal income tax exemption

Investment Incentives

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • No customs duty
  • No currency restrictions

The companies doing business in SAIF Zone also benefit from the following:

  • Access to over 2 billion consumers
  • Abundant and inexpensive energy
  • Unlimited work force with an economical wage structure
  • Sponsorship & visas for all staff
  • Highly qualified bilingual staff
  • International air links across the world via Sharjah International Airport

Business Licensing in SAIF Zone

An individual or a corporate entity can set up and do business in Sharjah Airport International Free Zone being registered in any of the following legal forms:

  • Free Zone Establishment (FZE) – entity with one shareholder
  • Free Zone Company (FZC) – entity with 2 to 5 shareholders
  • Branch of a Foreign Company
  • Branch of a Local Company

Setting Up Process at SAIF Zone

Setting up a business in SAIF Zone requires planning and decision making through different phases. This involves deciding the business activity and confirming with SAIF Zone, choosing legal structure for business, estimating required human work force etc. A company being formed may have either an individual shareholder or corporate shareholder or both. The incorporation process requires the shareholders to sign the documents in the presence of SAIF Zone representatives.

Business License Types in SAIF Zone

SAIF Zone offers following business license options to set up a business

  • Industrial License
  • General Trading License
  • Service License
  • Commercial License

Business Infrastructure in SAIF Zone

Business Facilities available for company's registered in Sharjah Airport Free Zone

  • Pre-built Offices
  • Pre-built Warehouses
  • Temporary Storages Area
  • Land on Lease
  • Bunkers
  • Labor Accommodations


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