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Ajman Free Zone Authority (AFZA)


Ajman Free Zone, situated on the Arabian Gulf coast, was established in the year 1988. It is the smallest but one of the most developed Free Zones in the UAE. Ajman Free Zone was established and granted autonomous status by H.H. Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, the Ruler of Ajman under Amiri Decree No. 3 of 1996. Ajman Free Zone has a strategic location, which gives it the advantage of serving both the western and the eastern markets.

Ajman Free Zone companies have access to 4 seaports and 2 international airports, leading to the flourishing of business in the region. All the rules and regulations in Ajman Free Zone are passed and governed under the management of the Ajman Free Zone Authority (AFZA). The entire Ajman Free Zone business setup procedure and issuance of the business license to companies is controlled and handled by the Ajman Free Zone Authority.

Advantages of Setting Up a Business in Ajman Free Zone

The strategic and cost-effective location of this free zone makes it attractive for investors around the world to invest in different sectors and also for the business community to start their new ventures. Ajman Free Zone companies enjoy the following benefits:

1. Commercial Benefits

  • - Companies in Ajman Free Zone enjoy total exemption from customs duty for goods and services
  • - Foreign companies can have 100% ownership
  • - Provision of 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • - No red tape
  • - Liberal economic policies and legal framework
  • - Labor cost is low

2. Tax Benefits

  • - Corporate tax is fully exempted for companies
  • - Personal income tax is also exempted
  • - Total exemption even on import-export tax

3. Environmental Benefits

  • - Ajman Free Zone Authority has set business-friendly laws for companies
  • - The process for setting up a business in Ajman Free Zone is easy and cost-efficient
  • - The immigration process is simplified and quick for workers
  • - AFZA has provided single window clearance for multiple government services like licensing, visa services, immigration, etc.

4. Infrastructural Benefits

  • - Companies enjoy land leasing for 20 years, renewable for another 20 years
  • - The energy supply is abundant and cheap
  • - No hidden charges
  • - Ajman Free Zone has pre-built offices, smart offices, and warehouses to facilitate companies

5. Other Benefits

  • - No currency restrictions
  • - No quotas or foreign exchange controls
  • - Companies have 24-hour security service
  • - Simple staffing and recruitment procedure for employment by companies
  • - Companies have access to other services like bank, postal, and advanced communication facility

Ajman Free Zone License Types

Ajman Free Zone Authority (AFZA) has 4 types of business licenses, which they issue according to the type of business setup:

1. Trading License

People who carry out trading activities in the free zone region are issued with a trading license. The business can add 3 activities in a single license issued by the Ajman Free Zone Authority.

2. E-Commerce License

A company that wants to venture into e-Commerce or starts an online business can opt for an e-commerce license. It also provides marketing and technical support to investors.

3. Professional License

All the UAE or foreign companies that are willing to set up their business in providing services, such as IT, management or marketing consultancy, in Ajman Free Zone must acquire a professional license to start their business.

4. Industrial License

All companies involved in the production of goods have to acquire an industrial license from Ajman Free Zone Authority in order to start their manufacturing plant in the free zone region. Ajman Free Zone Authority also provides warehouses and smart-store service for manufacturing companies.

5. National Industrial License

This license is issued to companies that fulfill the following criteria:

  • - Should be registered in Ajman but operating in the free zone
  • - Should be registered with nationals of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) owning at least 51% of the shares of the company
  • - A minimum of 40% of the manufacturing of the company should be completed within the free zone

Companies with a national industrial license enjoy duty-free exports to the member states of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGC).

Ajman Free Zone is a freezone which provides a lucrative environment for business setup with low overhead cost and establishment expense.

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