Setting Up Business in UAE While Managing a Job

You have found a pain point to solve and arrived at a great business idea. Every entrepreneur’s beginning is different and yours could be at a stage where you cannot afford to quit your job to become one. But the good news is you could set up a business in Dubai or UAE while managing your job too.

UAE offers a unique and highly desirable proposition for entrepreneurs. The free trade zones offer benefits such as state-of-the-art infrastructure, tax exemption, strategic location, ease of documentation and much more. The following are a list of free zones in UAE.

List of free zones


Free Zones in Dubai

Dubai Airport Free Zone
Dubai Auto Zone
Dubai Cars and Automotive Zone
Dubai Design District
Dubai Flower Centre
Dubai Gold and Diamond Park
Dubai Healthcare City
Dubai Industrial City
Dubai International Academic City
Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai Internet City
Dubai Knowledge Park
Dubai Logistics City
Dubai Maritime City Authority
Dubai Media City
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre
Dubai Outsource Zone
Dubai Science Park
Dubai Silicon Oasis
Dubai Studio City
Dubai Techno Park (New name: National Industries Complex)
Dubai Textile City
Energy and Environment Park
Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority
Jumeirah Lakes Towers Free Zone

Abu Dhabi

Free Zones in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Global Market
Abu Dhabi Ports Company
Higher corporation for specialized economic zones/ ZonesCorp
Industrial City of Abu Dhabi
Masdar City


Free Zones in Sharjah

Hamriya Free Zone Authority
Sharjah Airport Free Zone Authority
USA Regional Trade Center Free Zone


Free Zones in Fujairah

Creative City Fujairah
Fujairah Free Zone Authority

Ras Al Khaimah

Free Zones in Ras Al Khaimah

RAK Investment Authority Free Zone
RAK Maritime City
Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone
Ras Al Khaimah Media Free Zone


Ajman and Umm Al Quwain

These emirates have one free zone authority each; Ajman Free Zone Authority and Umm Al Quwain Free Zone Authority

Setting your business in UAE:

To start a company in UAE, at least one local partner should be included. UAE law allows working professionals to set up their own business in UAE by obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their employer. Obtaining a NOC allows you to set up your business in any part of UAE.

Procedure to get an NOC to set up a business in UAE

  1. Apply for NOC through Dubai Trade Portal
  2. Submit the necessary documents
  • Passport copies of all partners
  • A copy of company’s name reservation
  • Copy of MOA(Memorandum of Association) and Articles of Association(AOA)
  • Bank or cash guarantee
  • Undertaking letter signed by the partner who is an UAE nationale
  1. Pay the required fee

Once your request is approved, you will get a NOC approval from Department of Economic Development and stored in the current employer’s record.

Most companies are reluctant to issue a NOC to their employee. In such a case, you have the option of NOC free zones for company formation in UAE. There are 5 NOC free zones in UAE and they are

  • Creative City Fujairah
  • Fujairah Free Zone Authority
  • Sharjah Media City Free Zone
  • Umm al-Quwain Free Trade Zone
  • Ajman Free Zone

If you are in Dubai with your family and your life partner is on spouse’s visa, you can start a business in UAE in her/his name appointing her/him as a partner cum managing director.

Socprollect helps start-ups toSetting Up Business In Dubai and established businesses extend an arm in UAE. Our team of experts can guide you through the process right from the visa process to stabilizing your business. In case of any assistance, reach out to us at



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