Discover the differences between Offshore, Freezone, Mainland

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Creating a Free-Zone company in Dubai allows you to have offices, employees and to obtain residence visas.
You want to work in Dubai, discover what are the differences between this two types of company and the offshore company.

 

FREE-ZONE MAINLAND OFFSHORE
Use of the company? This type of company can have offices in the UAE, hire staff locally, obtain residence and work visas, have suppliers and customers (company only, not individual) in the UAE. Can carry out any activity in the Emirates and sell to individuals in the Emirates. Only this type of company benefits from an “importer code” which allows it to carry out the customs clearance procedures for importing into the Emirates. For all activities outside the UAE: no physical office, no employees, no suppliers in the UAE, does not allow to obtain a work or residence visa in the UAE.
Main authorized activities? Commerce, Conseil, Holding. All activiities. Import-export, consulting, investment.
Foreign ownership? 100% foreign. 100% foreign. 100% foreign.
Taxation of the company? No tax (neither on profits, nor on capital gains, nor withholding tax on distributed dividends). In case of sale of goods in the Emirates, a 5% customs duty is levied. No tax (neither on profits, nor on capital gains, nor withholding tax on distributed dividends). Upon importation, a 5% customs duty is levied.

 

No tax (neither on profits, nor on capital gains, nor withholding tax on distributed dividends).
Hiring employees? Allows to hire, without any restriction, foreign staff in the Emirates. Allows to obtain residence and work visas for the company’s manager, employees and their families. Local labor rules are applicable. No employee in the Emirates.
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