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UAQ Free Trade Zone

Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone (Umm Al Quwain) is no less popular than Ajman Free Zone (or, in other words, free economic zone) in the United Arab Emirates. Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone has its own features and offers extremely favorable conditions for establishing and conducting business.

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Posted 4 May 2024

Like all free zones, the UAQ Free Trade Zone allows you to register a company with 100% foreign ownership, which means the company can be established by non-residents of the UAE. However, it is important to remember that a company registered in the free zone can conduct business either within the free zone or outside the UAE.

Advantages of the UAQ Free Trade Zone:

  1. One of the youngest free zones in the UAE;
    Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone was founded in 2014, so it has benefited from the experiences of all other, older free zones.
  2. Favorable geographic location;
    The free zone is located 45-50 minutes away from the international airports in Dubai and Sharjah.
  3. Allows for trade, service, industrial activities, and freelance activities;
  4. No mandatory contribution of capital;
  5. Company registration takes just 5-10 days;
  6. No taxes.
    Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone offers 100% exemption from personal income tax, and others.

If business activities are planned to be conducted within the UAE and the company’s turnover exceeds $100,000, it is necessary to pay VAT at a rate of 5%.


An essential step in starting a business in the Emirates is obtaining a license for the respective activity. Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone allows obtaining licenses for the following types of activities: trading, service, and industrial activities, as well as activities for freelancers.

A license in Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone is issued for one year and needs to be renewed annually one month before its expiration.

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  • Advise you on the emirate and free zone that best suits your goals;
  • Register a company in Umm Al Quwain;
  • Help you open a bank account;
  • Handle obtaining a residence visa for you;
  • Explain the cases in which a company in the UAE pays taxes.

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