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Top Business Activities You Can Register in a UAE Free Zone

Recently, UAE was ranked 10th globally based in the IMD World Competitiveness Centre report. This followed a 31st ranking in the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ report issued in 2016. UAE is really transforming as a destination of choice for Startups and SMEs. The Government’s continuous support and efforts contribute greatly to the overall attraction to foreign investors. The company setup process has become far easier in the UAE compared to its Middle Eastern and North African neighbors.

Free Zone company setup is one of the popular options available to foreign entrepreneurs.  The Free Zone company formation processes are specifically designed to encourage foreign investment – including flexible labour and immigration procedures, 100% foreign ownership and numerous tax advantages. UAE currently has over 45 free zones, all offering world-class infrastructure, strategic locations, zero taxes, low import duties and so much more. Free Zones such as Fujairah Creative City offer the most economic options for these types of  setup. Here are some businesses you can start in the Free Zone for as little as AED 17,000 upfront:

1. IT Consultancy

Technology and innovation are the focus of future businesses. The tech industry is bringing new products and services in social collaboration, mobility, and predictive analytics.  According to Dubai Chamber report, the UAE IT sector has registered significant growth over time. The value of UAE’s IT market has grown from around AED 15.8 billion in 2013 to an expected value of around USD 17.2 billion by 2016. This represents an expected CAGR of around 3% from 2013 to 2016. That is why setting up a company related to IT and Artificial Intelligence can be beneficial to new businesses in the region.

2. E-Commerce

The e-commerce industry in the UAE is expected to hit the $10 billion (Dh36.7 billion) mark by the year 2018, regional retailers are in the process of consolidating their online presence in a bid to remain competitive and profitable accodring to a report by Khaleej Times. With the region’s e-commerce market accelerated growth and the smartphone penetration, the opportunity for online shopping continues to grow. These are some of the reasons why more and more entrepreneurs are turning to the e-commerce industry.

3. Events Management

According to Paul Harding, GM of Innovative Hiring, with the Expo 2020 ahead, a potential USD 7.5 Billion Hospitality Sector valuation in 2016, is a sure sign that Dubai’s Events Industry is getting healthier by the day. Dubai’s event management industry was estimated at $45 million (Dh165.15 million) and continues with a healthy annual growth through a multitude of services covering business to entertainment. A large number of foreign entrepreneurs are enjoying the benefits of the events market and more and more businessmen are  eyeing to setup in this industry this year.

Some of the other business activities available under Fujairah Creative City Free Zone:

  • Management Consultancy
  • Production
  • Publishing
  • Business Consultancy
  • Video Services
  • Event Management
  • IT Consultancy
  • Design Services
  • Public Relations
  • Lifestyle Consultancy
  • Training Services
  • Advertising and Marketing Services
  • Fashion and Design Consultancy
  • Software Development Management
  • Media Services
  • E-commerce
  • Online Education
  • Interior Design
  • Photography Services
  • And more..

An IT, Events Management or E-Commerce company can be registered as a Free Zone Company or a Free Zone Establishment. 


Starting up a business in a Free zone has become a popular option among entrepreneurs these days. Our team of Free Zone business setup advisors can help you startup your company in the UAE with ease. We have been continuously guiding and helping over 5,000 entrepreneurs and companies  over the years. CREATIVE ZONE provides dedicated support from startup and for the lifetime of our cient’s business. Contact us at +9714 567 7333 or live chat with us today to find out about your licensing options.

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