Fujairah Free Zone (FFZ)

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Fujairah Free Zone (FFZ) was launched two decades ago and since has developed to be a very popular hub for investors to establish their businesses. FFZ’s investors enjoy the triple FFZ advantage which is Accessibility, Connectivity, and Economy (ACE).

Accessibility: of clients with FFZ’s dedicated staff and management.

Connectivity: FFZ’s strategic location, next to the Port of Fujairah, enables easy access to all the ports of the Arabian Gulf, Iran, the Red Sea, Pakistan, and India. FFZ is also near Fujairah International Airport which serves the UAE East Coast and northern Oman. There are excellent road links to the Middle East and beyond.

Economy: Minimum business start-up time and low business start-up and running costs.

Where is it located?

PO Box 1133
Fujairah
UAE
Tel: 009719 2228000
Fax: 009719 2228888
Email: freezone@emirates.net.ae
Website: www.fujairahfreezone.com

Describe the kind of businesses here?

FFZ’s dedicated staff provide the following services:

  • In-house services
  • Liaison services
  • Licenses
  • Company formation
  • Opening a bank account
  • Visas
  • Other services

What are the advantages of setting up business here?

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 100% corporate and personal tax exemption
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • Customs duties exemption
  • Served by Fujairah Port and Fujairah International Airport
  • Access to regional and global markets by land, sea, and air
  • Efficient and cost-effective business solutions
  • Security of investment
  • Various investment fields
  • Investor-friendly policies
  • No hidden costs
  • No recruitment restrictions
  • Minimum 3 years steady tariff assurance
  • Strategic location with easy access to all Emirates
  • Low overheads
  • Abundant energy supplies
  • Common customs – seaport and airport
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • One-stop shop services – staff on call continuously 

What are the procedures for establishing a business here? What is the cost of setting up business here? 

Clients can follow FFZ’s simple registration process:

The client submits the completed application form and required documents. If everything submitted is in order, preliminary approval is given. The Transit Visa for the client is arranged for visiting the facilities and finalizing the contract.

The client registers as an FZE, FZC or Branch:

The license is issued within one working day following the agreement of the Terms of the Contract and on settlement of the financial commitments of the first year. The Articles of Association and Share Certificates for the FZE or FZC are issued.

The client moves into the facilities and starts a business. FFZ arranges for telephone lines, furniture, etc. and arranges for a bank account and registration with the Chamber of Commerce.

FFZ arranges for the Residence Visas, health cards, etc.

In-House Services

  • Establishment of Free Zone Establishment (FZE) or Free Zone Company (FZC)
  • Issuing of licenses
  • Registration of Articles of Association for FZE and FZC
  • Issuing share certificates for FZE and FZC
  • Legalisation of documents
  • Documentation for work permits
  • Secretarial services
  • Recruitment services
  • Office furniture

Liaison Services

  • Immigration department for visas and entry permits
  • Chamber of Commerce registration
  • Banks for opening new accounts
  • Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA)
  • Ministry of Health for registration and health care
  • Fujairah Municipality for environmental approvals
  • Department of Industry & Economy for special strategic projects and joint ventures
  • Ministry of Environment and Water
  • Department of Civil Defence for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Etisalat telecommunication service
  • Emirates Post for a P O Box
  • Traffic Department for registering cars and driving licenses

Licenses

FFZ’s investors can attain a 100% ownership business license under the below categories: 

Trading and General Trading License

  • For the import, export and re-export of specific commodities
  • The client can do business freely inside the free zone and outside the UAE
  • Special government permits available for simple, hassle-free operations 

Warehousing License

  • Issued when warehouses are leased
  • The investor can use the warehouse for distribution, packaging, and storage 

Manufacturing License

  • Issued when the business project is approved and implemented
  • The investor must arrange for full insurance of machinery and workers
  • The investor must specify the facility building and open space requirements, the environmental issues involved and the electricity, water, and manpower needed 

Company Formation

Types of companies and ownership:

  • Free Zone Establishment (FZE) – an entity with one owner
  • Free Zone Company (FZC) – an entity owned by 2 to 5 partners
  • Branches – two branch types: a branch of a company incorporated in the UAE and a branch of a company registered outside the UAE

For the registration of an FZE or an FZC, the minimum capital requirement is AED 150,000.

The documents required for opening an FFZ branch:

  • Memorandum of Articles attested by the UAE Embassy of the parent Company
  • Board Resolution of the Parent Company
  • Valid operating license of the parent company /companies
  • Passport copies of directors, shareholders, manager
  • Two photographs each of directors, shareholders, manager

Licenses are issued within two working days following the settlement of licensing fees, rentals, registrations for the first year and following agreement of contract’s terms and conditions.

Opening a Bank Account

The following need to be submitted:

  • Introductory letter from FFZ Authority
  • Copy of the Chamber of Commerce registration
  • Copy of the FFZ license
  • Copy of company incorporation
  • Copy of Power of Attorney of authorised signatory

Visas

Documents required for new Residence Visas:

  • Copy of Trade License
  • Company letter
  • Employment contract
  • Original passport and three passport copies
  • Ten personal photos
  • Original Visa and three copies

Documents required for Residence Visa renewals:

  • Copy of Trade License
  • Company letter
  • Employment contract
  • Original passport and three passport copies
  • Ten personal photos
  • Copy of health card

Documents required for Employment Visas:

  • Company Offer Letter
  • Company letter
  • Three passport copies
  • Two personal photos
  • Copy of Trade License
  • Copy of education certificate

Documents required for Visit Visas:

  • Company letter
  • Two personal photos
  • Copy of Trade License

Documents required for an FFZ ID:

  • Company letter
  • One personal photo
  • One Passport copy

Documents required for an FFZ Gate Pass:

  • Company letter
  • One personal photo
  • One Passport copy
  • No Objection Letter from the sponsor

Documents required for an FFZ Port Pass:

  • Company letter
  • One Passport copy

Other Services

FFZ’s dedicated personnel assist clients with all other services which involve Government departments, including:

  • Driving licenses
  • Car registration
  • Notarisation of legal documents
  • Entry permits
  • Transit and visit visas for clients and their staff

Virtual Office

  • Minimum annual fee: AED 12,000
  • For FZE and FZC companies, one-off fee: AED 5,300
  • One-off charge for free zone utilities: AED 500
  • Security deposit (refundable): AED 5,000

Flexi Desk

  • Minimum annual fee: AED 15,000
  • For FZE and FZC companies, one-off fee: AED 5,300
  • One-off charge for free zone utilities: AED 500
  • Residence visa (per person): AED 3,200
  • Security deposit (refundable): AED 10,000

Representative / Branch offices

  • Minimum annual office rental: AED 20,000
  • Free zone license, minimum cost: AED 2,500
  • General Trading License: AED 5,000
  • Chamber of Commerce: AED 3,020
  • One-off charge for free zone utilities: AED 2,000
  • One-off Incorporation fee for FZE and FZC companies: AED 5,300
  • Residence visa (per person): AED 3,200
  • Security deposit (refundable): AED 15,000

Offshore Registration and Free Zone Companies

Without an office:

  • Minimum annual fee: AED 15,000
  • One-off charge for free zone utilities: AED 2,000
  • Chamber of Commerce: AED 3,020
  • One-off Incorporation fee for FZE and FZC companies: AED 5,300
  • Security deposit (refundable): AED 5,000

With an office:

  • Minimum annual office rental: AED 20,000
  • Free zone license, minimum cost: AED 2,500
  • One-off charge for free zone utilities: AED 2,000
  • Chamber of Commerce: AED 3,020
  • One-off Incorporation fee for FZE and FZC companies: AED 5,300
  • Security deposit (refundable): AED 15,000
  • Custom Built Units
  • The annual fee for a standard size built up unit: AED 220 per square metre
  • Free zone license, minimum cost: AED 5,000
  • Chamber of Commerce: AED 3,020
  • One-off charge for free zone utilities: AED 2,800
  • One-off Incorporation fee for FZE and FZC companies: AED 5,300
  • Residence visa (per person): AED 3,200 (deposit of AED 1,000 for each visa)
  • Security deposit (refundable): AED 15,000

Warehouses

  • Minimum rental for warehouse with inside office, minimum 15KVA power: AED 220 per square metre (minimum 300 square metre)
  • Free zone license, minimum cost: AED 5,000
  • Chamber of Commerce: AED 3,020
  • One-off charge for free zone utilities: AED 2,800
  • One-off Incorporation fee for FZE and FZC companies: AED 5,300
  • Residence visa (per person): AED 3,200 (deposit of AED 1,000 for each visa)
  • Security deposit (refundable): AED 15,000

Plots of Land

  • Minimum cost: AED 15 per square metre
  • Free zone license, minimum cost: AED 5,000
  • Chamber of Commerce: AED 3,020
  • One-off charge for free zone utilities: AED 2,800
  • One-off Incorporation fee for FZE and FZC companies: AED 5,300
  • Residence visa (per person): AED 1,500 (deposit of AED 1,000 for each visa)
  • Security deposit (refundable): AED 15,000

Trading Office Facilities

  • Ideal for import, export and re-export business activities
  • Minimum size: 35 square metre
  • Fully furnished with administration services

Note: Clients leasing Trading Offices or pre-built units can move into the facilities immediately as soon as the license is issued. However, clients who have signed a contract for constructing customized facilities can use FFZ’s facilities for the period required for the construction of their customized units. 

Distribution and Warehousing Facilities

  • Ideal for import, export and re-export business activities of different products and also for general trading activities
  • Different sizes available

Manufacturing Facilities

  • Ready-built units for lease, ideal for manufacturing activities
  • Clients can construct their own customized units for manufacturing activities on plots of land

Business Club

  • Built on an area of 1000 square metre
  • Conferencing facilities
  • Playroom
  • Auditorium
  • Fully furnished trading offices
  • Restaurant

What is the distance from various landmarks to this location?

FFZ to Dubai – 132 Km
FFZ to Downtown – 132 Km

 

 

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