Umm Al Quwain Free Zone is a newly formed Free Zone which started operation in the early 2014. Previous also known as Ahmed Bin Rashid Free Zone (ABRFZ). Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone is one such Free Zone located 50 minutes away from Dubai International Airport in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain.  It can be accessed easily from the old Emirates road. Umm Al Quwain Free Zone has been operating as an independent free zone. The new free zone promising to grow rapidly in the next few years because of the advantages it offers mainly to those looking for economical set up and running costs as well as variety of licenses.

Like other free zone companies Umm Al Quwain Free Zone company can be owned 100% by the foreign owners- a company or individuals, it is tax free and can import into Free Zone duty free. This means that the Umm Al Quwain Free Zone companies engaged in international trade can release their goods and keep them as stocks meant for re-export without payment of customs duties. Umm Al Quwain Free Zone Company can freely do business internationally. Like other free zones Umm Al Quwain Free Zone Company can sell goods in the local markets by using the services of a local trader. Service companies can deliver services from inside the Free Zone into UAE and to other countries.

Business Licenses issued under UMM AL QUWAIN Free zone

  1. Trading License

Under commercial license all types of trading activities can be licensed by Umm Al Quwain Free Zone. A Single business activity e.g. Trade in garments or multiple activities.

  1. General Trading License

This is popular among international traders because almost all categories of products can be traded. Tobacco, Alcohol, Pharmaceuticals and Crude oil are not allowed. This license costs will be little expensive compared to trading license.

  1. Consultancy License

This license is issued to those who plan to carry on consultancy business – Management Consultancy, IT services, Accounting Services, HR Consultancy Services.

  1. Micro Business License

The license is applicable to those who would like to begin with minimum budget and do not need a physical office or a visa. They can start a Trading or a consultancy business using this cheapest option.

  1. Freelancer Permit

This is meant for individuals who carry out professional activities in their specialty or expertise as a business. Photographers, even planners, musicians, performers and may other categories are covered. Educational certificates as proof of expertise are needed.


Legal Form of UMM AL Quwain Free Zone companies

  1. FZE Companies – Single shareholder
  2. FZC Companies – Two or more shareholders
  3. Branch Companies – Branch of local company, branch of foreign companies


Cost structure for company Incorporation

UAQ Free zone License cost (Package) in AED Registration
Trading 20,500 Inclusive
Service 20,500 Inclusive
General Trading 27500 – 3 visa  Inclusive
Visa 2  NA
 Visa Cost 3000 NA


Documents required for company Incorporation

Document No. of sets required Details
Application form 1 Signed by Applicant
Specimen signature 1 Signed with date by Applicants as mentioned
Articles of Association 2 Initialed (self-attested) on all pages and signed with date on last page by All Shareholders – blue pen
Memorandum of Association 2 Initialed (self-attested) on all pages and signed with date on last page by All Shareholders- blue pen
Service Lease Agreement 2 Signed by the Manager
Passport sized photographs (White back-ground) 2 Of each Shareholder
Passport Copy with UAE entry Visa page copy 1 Of All Shareholders / Director / Manger / Secretary
Latest utility bill copy – showing the name and address 1 Of All Shareholders / Director / Manger / Secretary
Valid ID card copy 1 Of All Shareholders / Director / Manger / Secretary


In order to set up your business in Dubai or UAE, it is advisable to have professional consultant to tackle all the hassles. At Emirates Chartered Accountants Group, our staff will study your requirements and your specific needs. We will ensure that you are registered and setup the company in the area, where you can conduct business within the guidelines of the government. That will ensure you are setup for success and there are no surprises along the way, thus saving you both time and cost. Please feel free to contact us ,

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