Northern
Emirates Freezones

List of Freezones in the Northern Emirates

*A selection of some of the most popular freezones in the Northen Emirates

SAIF - Sharjah Airport Free Zone

The Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF-ZONE) was set up in 1995 and is the premier business destination of the UAE. Covering a wide cross section of industry, companies include some of the biggest names in the field of IT services, media, consumer durables, light to medium manufacturing and a host of other companies. (website)

License Types
  • Professional/ Service
  • Commercial/ Trading
  • General Trading
  • Industrial
Share Capital Requirements

Minimum AED 150,000.00, no requirement to pay up the capital (although recommended within 1-2 years)

Office Requirements
  • Flexi desks
  • Physical Offices
  • Warehouses
Audited Financial Report Requirements

Required

Estimated Incorporation Timeline

04 – 06 weeks

UAE Residence Visa Eligibility
  • 02 – 03 visas per Smart Desk
  • 1 visa per 8-9 sq.m. leased property/office
RAKEZ - Ras Al Kkaimah Economic Zone

Located in the heart of Ras Al Khaimah, offering a cost-effective economic zone with customizable packages and services as well as state-of-the-art facilities. Formerly RAKEZ and RAKIA. (website)

License Types
  • Professional/ Service
  • Commercial/ Trading
  • General Trading
  • Industrial
Share Capital Requirements

Minimum AED 100,000.00, no requirement to pay up the capital (although recommended within 1-2 years)

Office Requirements
  • Flexi desks
  • Smart/Serviced Offices
  • Physical Offices (fitted and shell & cores)
  • Warehouses
  • Land
Audited Financial Report Requirements

Not required

Estimated Incorporation Timeline

01 – 02 weeks

UAE Residence Visa Eligibility
  • 01 – 02 visas per Flexi Desk
  • 1 visa per 8-9 sq.m. leased property/office
UAQ FTZ - Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone

Located next to Umm Al Quwain port, respectively, the free zone hosts various trading, industrial and service companies and offer fast and low-cost service. (website)

License Types
  • Professional/ Service
  • Commercial/ Trading
  • General Trading
  • Industrial
Share Capital Requirements

Minimum AED 300,000.00, no requirement to pay up the capital (although recommended within 1-2 years)

Office Requirements
  • Flexi desks
  • Smart/Serviced Offices
  • Physical Offices (fitted and shell & cores)
  • Warehouses
  • Land
Audited Financial Report Requirements

Required

Estimated Incorporation Timeline

01 – 02 weeks

UAE Residence Visa Eligibility
  • 2-3 visas per Flexi Desk
  • 1 visa per 8-9 sq.m. leased property/office
Fujairah Free Zone Authority (FFZA)

Fujairah Free Zone is adjacent to the Port of Fujairah. The free zone offers a unique Connectivity – logistic link to the world; by air through Fujairah International Airport, by sea through Fujairah Sea Port, and by road to Middle East & beyond. Investors benefit by way of faster transaction, accruing due to shorter delivery times.

License Types
  • Professional/ Service
  • Commercial/ Trading
  • General Trading
  • Industrial
Share Capital Requirements

Minimum AED 150,000.00, no requirement to pay up the capital (although recommended within 1-2 years)

Office Requirements
  • Flexi desks
  • Physical Offices (fitted and shell & cores)
  • Build to suit spaces i.e. warehouse, big offices, etc.
  • LandFlexi desks
Audited Financial Report Requirements

Not required

Estimated Incorporation Timeline

01 – 02 weeks

UAE Residence Visa Eligibility
  • 2-3 visas per Flexi Desk
  • 1 visa per 8-9 sq.m. leased property/office
Hamriyah Feezone Authority (HFZA)

Hamriyah Free Zone Authority was established by an Emiri decree issued in November 12, 1995. It is located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The free zone is a fast becoming one of the cornerstones of the United Arab Emirates industrial development.

License Types
  • Professional/ Service
  • Commercial/ Trading
  • General Trading
  • Industrial
Share Capital Requirements

Minimum AED 150,000.00, no requirement to pay up the capital (although recommended within 1-2 years)

Office Requirements
  • Flexi desks
  • Physical Offices (fitted and shell & cores)
  • Build to suit spaces i.e. warehouse, big offices, etc.
  • Land
Audited Financial Report Requirements

Required

Estimated Incorporation Timeline

01 – 02 weeks

UAE Residence Visa Eligibility
  • 2-3 visas per Flexi Desk
  • 1 visa per 8-9 sq.m. leased property/office
Sharjah Media City (SHAMS)

Sharjah Media City (Shams), is located in the emirate of Sharjah, the cultural capital of the UAE. SHAMS sets the benchmark for service and support to those wishing to set up and launch their business with specialized facilities for the creative and media industries.

License Types
  • Commercial/Trading
  • Professional/ Service
  • Holding
  • Industrial
Share Capital Requirements

No minimum capital requirement and not required to pay up. Minimum AED 50,000.00 recommended

Office Requirements
  • Flexi desks
  • Physical offices
Audited Financial Report Requirements

Not required

Estimated Incorporation Timeline

1 week

UAE Residence Visa Eligibility

1-6 visas per Flexi Desk

Creative City Fujairah

Creative City sets up professional environment for individuals and businesses working in a broad spectrum of business fields including media, events, consulting, education, communication and marketing, music and entertainment, design and technology complementing existing media clusters in the region and further facilitating creativity in all fields.

License Types
  • Commercial
  • Professional/ Service
Share Capital Requirements

No minimum capital requirement and not required to pay up. Minimum AED 50,000.00 recommended

Office Requirements
  • Flexi desks
  • Physical Offices (fitted and shell & cores)
Audited Financial Report Requirements

Not required

Estimated Incorporation Timeline

1 week

UAE Residence Visa Eligibility
  • Flexi desks
  • Physical Offices (fitted and shell & cores)