Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone (UAQ FTZ) is located in Umm Al Quwain, a friendly, progressive and prosperous emirate with modern infrastructure. Renowned for its desert landscape and unique flora and fauna, it is also a popular leisure destination within the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Umm Al Quwain’s stable economy, open investment climate and low costs of living and labour make it a strategic business base with the MENA region, Subcontinent, Far East and European markets all within easy reach.
UAQ FTZ is situated close to the UAE’s primary sea ports and within one hour’s drive of Dubai International Airport and Sharjah International Airport, ensuring easy access to the rest of the world.
Thanks to UAQ FTZ’s investor-friendly environment, establishing a commercial base in the UAE has never been simpler. Forward-thinking SMEs and micro-businesses in particular will benefit from advantageous set-up costs, 100% company ownership and zero currency restrictions.
0% Corporate and Personal Tax
100% foreign ownership
Full range of business activities permitted
100% repatriation of capital and profits
No currency restrictions
100% import and export tax exemption within the Free Zone
Simple and fast registration process with excellent customer support
Hi-tech facilities including office, warehouse and land availability
Strategic location with access to over two billion consumers
Ideal location for SMEs and micro-businesses
Close to two international airports and major seaports
Special concessions at UAQ’s sea port
No restrictions on hiring foreign employees
Modern and investor-friendly rules and regulations
Free Zone Licenses
The following are the licenses offered at UAQ FTZ:
Commercial License – This authorises the import, export, distribution and storing of items specified on the license. A Commercial License can have three (3) difference product lines of ten (10) similar product lines.
General Trading License – This enables the licensee to trade a wider range of activities and gives the freedom and flexibility to trade in any commodity which is permitted within the UAE. Note: Commodities which require special approval or clearance from various UAE authorities e.g. explosives and armaments cannot be traded with a General Trading License.
Consultancy License – This is for entities which offer expert or professional advice and is issued to all manner of professionals including artisans and craftsmen. It allows two similar activities.
Service License – This license is for service providers. It permits the licensee to carry out the services specified on the license within the Free Zone, such as Logistics; Courier Services; Insurance Service Provider; Travel Agency; Tour Services; Car Rental etc.
Freelance Permit – This allows an individual to operate as a freelance professional, and conduct business in one’s birth name as opposed to a brand name or company. The Free Lance Permit is designed for individuals who operate in technology, media, film sectors, and is issued to talent roles, creative roles and selected administrative roles.
Industrial License – This enables the licensee to import raw materials, then manufacture / process / assemble / package the specified products, and export the finished product. It allows the holder to import raw materials for the purpose of manufacturing, processing and/or assembly of specified products.
Types of Free Zone Entity
There are several options when it comes to establishing a business within UAQ FTZ:
Free Zone Establishment (FZE) – suitable for a single shareholder
Free Zone Company (FZC) – suitable for two (2) up to 50 shareholders
Branch of an existing company (local or foreign)
Corporate shareholders are permitted Facilities
UAQ FTZ offer the following facilities which will enhance customers’ business opportunities even further:
Offices – small and medium-sized office spaces available. UAQ FTZ’s business center offers fully-equipped meeting and conference room facilities
Warehouses – Available in a range of sizes, UAQ FTZ’s pre-fabricated units offer flexible and high-quality solutions for all manner of storage and light manufacturing activities.
Land – A range of plot sizes are available depending on specific requirements – the perfect solution for clients who wish to build their own facilities.
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