Business FAQ's UAE

Question: What type of labor laws exist in the UAE?

Just like the labor laws of any other country, U.A.E has its own set of labor laws. Labor laws in the UAE are employer friendly however the labor laws clearly identify employee rights as well. The Ministry of labor handles labor laws and any disputes of pay can be addressed to them. For details regarding labor laws, visit the Ministry of labor website at

Question: What is a free Zone?

United Arab Emirates is home to numerous free zones with Dubai alone being home to more than twenty free Zones. Free Zones service a wide range of industries including healthcare, education, commodities and technology companies. Different set of laws of taxation, recruitment of labor and income apply to these areas. Various benefits make free zones an ideal option for companies wishing to establish a distribution, manufacturing and a service base for trade outside of the UAE. Free Zones simplify the process of setting up a business as they serve as a one stop for all of an entrepreneurs needs that want to set up a business in the UAE.

Question: What is a free VirtuZone?

It is a Business set up with the aim of helping those who want to either set up a small company or relocate their existing company to the UAE while keeping the costs as low as possible. Virtuzone is officially part of Fujairah Creative City free zone. There is no need of a UAE sponsor and the company can be 100% foreign owned plus there are no corporate or income taxes. What makes this set up unique is that it does not require to lease commercial premises like free zones that saves tremendously on start up costs. On an average, the start up cost to start a Virtuzone company starts at 10,000 UAE Dirhams.

Question: What is a the validity time frame for a free zone visa?

The validity of a visa depends upon individual free zone and its best to obtain the information from the specific free zone that suits your needs. Typically, the visa time frame ranges from on to three years.

Question: What are the fees and the process of setting up a free zone enterprise?

Each individual Free Zone has its own set of rules and fees. The process and set up/visa fees for each free zone vary including the time frame it takes to complete the process. i.e Visit the Ajman Free Zone Authority website where Zarak International FZE was helped by a company named Marketing Plus that provided extra ordinary, courteous and outstanding service. Their office is located in C1 building of the Ajman Free Zone ground floor and offer PRO services for a nominal fee.The overall experience of registering the company with the Ajman free Zone was an extremely pleasant experience with professional employees and state of the art infrastructure. A combination of World Class facility, professional staff and State of the art infrastructure scores this Free Zone a 10 on a scale of 1-10.

Question: Among several free zones in the UAE, which one should I choose ?

To start, it is advisable to check out the to begin with. The website provides a fact sheet on each free zone including set up fees and documents required to register a company.

Question: Which department approves visas for a Free Zone Enitity?

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDFRA) grants visas for free zones without having to get employment approval from the Ministry of Labor that speeds up the process of visa for a free zone entity.

Question: What are some of the best sources to obtain Professional help in registering a Free Zone or Mainland Company?

Following are a few companies that can help with setting up a new company, provide on going business consulting and HR support.

Commit, visit their website

Healy Consultants, visit their website at

HLB Hamt Chartered accountants, visit their website

Middle East and Africa Monitor, visit their website

Question: To be continued