UAQ Free Zone

The UAE has more than 40 specialized free zones where expatriates and international investors can own 100% of their businesses. These zones are distinguished by their highly efficient infrastructure and services, enabling seamless processes and saving firms significant time and effort.

Umm Al Quwain free zone is one of the emirates in the UAE that is ever-growing in terms of its economy. Therefore, the Umm Al Quwain business setup is appropriate for entrepreneurial ventures, and it provides the required necessities for different other business initiatives. 

Umm Al Quwain free trade zone provides a fully remote system for establishing an Umm Al Quwain Free Zone business. Investors do not need to travel to the free zone; instead, they may employ a business consultant PRO and arrange a setup from afar.

Characteristics of UAQ Free Zone

Characteristic Type Characteristic Trait
Company Type Free Zone Company (FZCO)
Governing Body Umm Al- Quwain Free Trade Zone Authority
Minimum Number of Shareholders 1
Minimum Number of Managers 1
Accounting and Book Keeping Requirements No
Renewal Date Annual Date of Incorporation
Corporate Taxation 0%
Visa Type Employment Visa Only
Ownership 100 Percent Foreign Ownership
Type of Activities Industrial , Commercial and Service
VAT Percentage 0%
Duty for Import and Export 0%
Duration For Company Formation 4-6 Days
Paid Up Capital No Paid Up Capital
Local Partner Required No

Documents Required

  • Color Passport Copy
  • Visa status copy / Entry stamp copy
  • Passport Size Photo
  • Other documents depending on the business activity

Banking Partners

Advantages of The Free Zone

No corporate and income tax

100% business ownership

No existence of audit report

Full repatriated capital

100% import and export tax exemption


What makes UAQ unique and beneficial for the business setup is that UAQ free trade zone is adjacent to the UAE's primary sea ports. Umm Al Quwain free trade zone is 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport and is suitable for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses.

The 'blue economy' initiative, which was unveiled at the World Government Summit in Dubai, seeks to increase the emirate's gross domestic product by 2031, achieve net-zero emissions, and allocate 20% of Umm Al Quwain to nature reserves.

Founded in the Year 2014
Population 49,159
Governing Authority Umm Al Quwain Free Zone Authority
Business Options 1500
Future Projects 'Blue Economy'

Company Formation in Free zones Ideal for

Industrial Activities

Manufacturing Activities

Import and Export Activities

Freelance Activities

Warehouse Facilities

Registration Process

Complete the Application Form

Complete the Application Form

Submit Your Documents to the Authority

Submit Your Documents to the Authority

Obtain Your License

Obtain Your License

Obtain Your Residency Visa

Obtain Your Residency Visa

Open Your Bank Account

Open Your Bank Account

Terms and Conditions

*Duration is subject to the constraints of the due diligence procedure.

**This would refer to the corporate tax of the company, wherein the operation of the company would take place outside the country of incorporation.

***The required documents must be provided for every individual related to the company.

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What is the cost of the Umm Al Quwain trade license?

AED 7,999.

What is the maximum number of shareholders I may have while forming a company in UAQ?

50 shareholders. 

What is the time frame for renewing a license in UAQ?

6-7 working days.

What are the legal entities in the UAQ free zone?

  • Free Zone Establishment (FZE) – a single shareholder.
  • Free Zone Company (FZC) – two to 50 shareholders.
  • A branch of an existing company.

What are the approved licenses in the UAQ free zone for business activities?

  • General trading license
  • Industrial license
  • Consultancy license
  • Freelance license
  • Service license