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Umm Al Quwain

The Emirate of Umm Al Quwain stretches for 24 kilometres of the Arab Gulf coast between the Emirate of Sharjah westwards and the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah eastwards. The Free Zone Authority in Umm Al Quwain is the government bodies registering non-resident companies and issuing business licenses.

Main Benefits

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

About Umm Al Quwain Free Zones

Umm Al Quwain has only one Free Zone named Ahmed Bin Rashid Port Free Zone. Umm Al Quwain Free Zone, as Ahmed Bin Rashid Port Free Zone is popularly known is located on the west coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), around thirty miles north east of Dubai, such that all the significant sea ports and air ports are within a short distance over sea or land, enabling efficient access to all parts of the world.

List of Umm Al Quwain Free Zones

Advantages of Setting Up In Umm Al Quwain Free Zones

The companies setting up in Free Zones in Umm Al Quwain are eligible for various incentives and facilities as follows:

Free Zone Status

  • 100% foreign ownership is allowed
  • Full repatriation of profits and capital are permitted
  • Exemption from personal, income and corporate taxes
  • Exemption from customs duty for goods and services

Business-friendly environment

  • Simplified incorporation process
  • Hassle-free and business-friendly company laws and legal framework
  • One-stop–shop service that provides business partners with a variety of government services, including licensing, visa, traffic and postal services
  • Quick access to Knowledge Workers due to fast-track immigration process

Setting Up Process in Umm Al Quwain Free Zones

Setting up a business in Umm Al Quwain Free Zones requires planning and decision making through different phases. This involves choosing a name for the company and reserving with the Free Zone, preparation of business plan, choosing suitable infrastructure, estimating required human work force etc. The business registration or licensing process can be completed only after depositing the minimum capital mandated by the chosen Free Zone, in a bank account in UAE. 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 Free Zone authorities.

Business Licensing in Umm Al Quwain Free Zones

A business license issued by Umm Al Quwain Free Zone permits a company to practice the business activity mentioned in its license subject to the Free Zone Regulations. The primary step in setting up a business entity in Umm Al QuwainFree Zone is the selection of business activities. This is so because the other phases of business setting up including the selection of proper legal business structure and number of business licenses can be decided only based on the selected business activities. The reservation of name for the company is as important as choosing the business activity. The name should not resemble the names of any company registered in the Free Zones or reserved for the Government. The Free Zone has the discretionary power to accept or reject a name. In Umm Al Quwain, the Free Zones classify business licenses mainly into commercial, professional and industrial.

Types of Legal Entities in Umm Al Quwain Free Zones

An individual or a corporate entity can set up and do business in Umm Al QuwainFree 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


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