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What are the advantages of setting up in a Free Trade Zone in the UAE?

There are lots of advantages. The UAE has 38 Free Trade Zones and these are specialised for different kinds of industries. Basically, if you set up in a Free Trade Zone, you have the right to 100% foreign ownership of your company which is different to the rules that apply if you are operating outside a Free Trade Zone. You will also have the right to tax breaks which extend for in excess of 10 years after you set up within the zone. In addition to that, you have the right to 100% repatriation of foreign capital and lastly, you will be able to benefit from very inexpensive basic services such as water and electricity. On the downside, there are restrictions around exporting into the domestic market of the UAE but on the whole it is actually a pretty good deal.

About Cynthia Dearin

Cynthia Dearin is an international business expert, business author and keynote speaker on the topic of leadership. She owns Dearin & Associates, an international business consulting firm specialising in fast-growing emerging markets, which provides companies with the commercial intelligence and strategies, cultural skills and trusted contacts that they need to succeed in new countries.

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