SAIF Zone

Setup Business in Sharjah Airport International Free Zone
Sharjah Airport International Free Zone

Sharjah Airport International Free Zone provides some of the most enticing business incentives in the region, including speed of service and simplicity of process. The perception of lengthy and highly bureaucratic procedures to set up in the Middle East can be a serious barrier to potential investors but SAIF Zone has a 24-hour licensing service which enables businesses to be up and running sooner than has ever been possible before.

The customer base is among the largest in the world from one central hub, with access to more than 2 billion people within a four hour flight and as one of the most dynamic emirates in the UAE, Sharjah accounts for over a third of the country’s industrial activity. Its links to the rest of the world are accessible and immediate and regardless of where your customers are based, SAIF Zone provides you with all the benefits of a personal and corporate tax-free income with no import export duties.

Versatility has always been one of SAIF Zone’s prime objectives. From a single office space to entire manufacturing facilities and everything in between, the options are designed to accommodate every business and every scenario. Warehouses, storage areas, container parking, bunkers and labour housing are all available at the lowest costs and highest quality.SAIF Zone’s offers an unlimited workforce to support your business along with sponsorship and visas for in-house staff to make the transition to a new workplace as smooth as possible.

Thanks to these options, some of the world’s most prestigious companies operating in the Middle East have SAIF Zone’s as their base, with the added personal, corporate and competitive advantage of 100% foreign ownership, 100% repatriation of capital and profits and 100% free transfer of funds. Each step and every aspect of the benefits make an excellent case for SAIF Zone’s being your HQ, but when they are all available under one roof in one package, the case is complete.


SAIF Zone allows two legal structures for conducting a business:

  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC): a separate legal entity, with shareholders as individuals and/or corporates. The minimum capital requirement for incorporation depends on the business activity.

  • Branch of Foreign or UAE Company: a legally dependent entity that is part of the parent company. It conducts all or some of the operations inherent in the parent’s business. Share capital is not required.


Licensing options:

  • Trading License: 1) Commercial License: import, export, distribution, consolidation, storage or warehousing of items specific in the license, Maximum limit is three similar product lines. 2) General Trading License: can be obtained under a commercial license which allows a large number of products.

  • Service License: allows the holder to carry out service specified in the license only.  All type of services are allowed unless otherwise restricted by the Federal or local authorities.

  • Industrial License: import  of  raw  materials,  manufacturing,  processing,  assembling, packaging and exporting the finished product.


Areas of Business:

  • Import and Export

  • Distribution

  • Consolidation

  • Storage

  • Warehousing

  • Import  of  Raw  Materials

  • Manufacturing

  • Processing

  • Assembling

  • Packaging

  • Export of finished product.

  • Oil and Gas

  • Freight Forwarding

  • Precious Metal Chemical

  • General Trading

  • Aviation Shipping

  • 3rd Party Logistics

  • Investment of Own Financial Resources

  • All other service activities approved by federal/local authorities


SAIF Zone Benefits:

  • 100% corporate tax exemption

  • 100% personal income tax exemption

  • 100% foreign company ownership

  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits

  • Custom duties exemption

  • Strategic location

  • Multiple business sectors

  • Advanced infrastructure


For more information, please visit http://www.saif-zone.com/

Contact us today to setup your business in Saif Zone!

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