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United Arab Emirates: Ajman Free Zone


The formation of the Caliphate in the 7th century favored the spread of Islam among local population. Such cities as Dubai, Sharjah, El Fujairah were founded. The Eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula was part of the state of the Qarmatians and after its collapse it was under the governing of Oman. The English supremacy under the territory dates back to 1820. Oman was divided into three parts and later it was called Trucial Oman. Even under the protectorate of the British Empire the native people preserved their traditions and religion. At the beginning of the 20th century the richest oilfields were discovered. It favored the international capital flows and the improvement of living standards. In 1971 the federation of the United Arab Emirates was formed including six Emirates of the Trucial Oman. The seventh Emirate joined them next year.

Service packages

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Service item Express Standard Optimum
Company registration
Legal address per year
Secretarial services for the first year
Fees and duties for the first year
Apostilled bound set of incorporation documents
Compliance fee
Nominee service per year
Bank Account Pre-approval
Price

10 200 USD

10 200 USD

10 700 USD

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Core Services

10 200 USD

— Incorporation

Including licence, rent of flexi-desk, stamp, and company registration. The cost of the package may vary depending on the number of shareholders, type of licence, and size of the office (the number of resident visas depends on the size of the office). The fees are stated for a company with a single shareholder and the possibility of obtaining 2 resident visas (minimum package). The fees also include a refundable deposit for e-channel in the amount of AED 5,000 (appr. USD 1370)

10 200 USD

— Corporate legal services

Including licence, rent of flexi-desk, and company renewal. The fees are stated for a company with a single shareholder and the possibility of obtaining 2 resident visas (minimum package).

2 500 USD

— Assistance with bank account opening

Irrespective of the outcome of application

160 USD

— Delivery of documents by courier mail

DHL or TNT, at cost of a Courier Service

4 200 USD

— Obtaining a residence visa

Cost of one investor visa, including: payment of all government fees (Entry Permit, Medical & Emirates ID, Visa Stamping); preparation and submission of applications and necessary documentation; accompanying the applicant on the trip to the hospital and migration authority.

Basic set of documents

Related services

Tax Certificate

Company’s tax residence certificate for access to double tax treaties network

Certificate of Good Standing

Document issued by a state agency in some countries (Registrar of companies) to confirm a current status of a body corporate. A company with such certificate is proved to be active and operating.

Compliance fee

Compliance fee is payable in the cases of: renewal of a company, liquidation of a company, transfer out of a company, issue of a power of attorney to a new attorney, change of director / shareholder / BO (except the change to a nominee director / shareholder)

250 USD

Basic

simple company structure with only 1 physical person

50 USD

For legal entity in structure under GSL administration

additional compliance fee for legal entity in structure under GSL administration (per 1 entity)

100 USD

For legal entity in structure not under GSL administration

additional compliance fee for legal entity in structure NOT under GSL administration (per 1 entity)

350 USD

For client with high risk Status

Cost of incorporation, including first year servicing 10200
Cost of annual service, starting from the second year 10200
Open account in 33279
Incorporation timescale for a turnkey company 2 weeks
Country 26735

General information shortly

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Total area Population Capital Unemployment Corruption perceptions index rank
83.600 sq. km 9.771.000 (2019) Abu Dhabi 2,57% (2018) 21 (2018)
Location Middle East
National currency Emirati dirham
Conditional reduction of currency AED
Against USD 3.67
Climate, average max and min t° Desert; cooler in eastern mountains; avg. maximum temperature (August) +43°; avg. minimum temperature (January) +18°
Time difference from Moscow + 1 hour
Dialing code +971
State language Arabic
Ethnic groups Emirati 19%, other Arab and Iranian 23%, South Asian 50%, other expatriates (includes Westerners and East Asians) 8%
Literacy rate 90%
Credit rating AA
Government type combination of republic and monarchy
Executive branch Head of Government: vice-president, prime-minister, deputee prime-ministers. Government: Council of Ministers
Legislative branch unicameral Federal national council (40 members)
Judicial branch Union Supreme Court
GDP per capita rank 25 (2018)

Corporate info

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Shelf companies permitted Legal system Incorporation timescale for a turnkey company Cyrillic alphabet permitted in company name Local registered office
No mixed legal system of Islamic law and civil law 2 weeks No Yes
Types of entity onshore companies; offshore companies; mainland companies
Incorporation timescale for a new company 10 days
Sensitive words Insurance, Bank, Building society, Co-operative, Fund, Municipal, Chamber of Commerce, Trust, Royal, Chartered, Finance, Mutual Fund, Emirate and Emirates
Local registered agent Yes
Information to be kept at the registered office A company must keep at its registered office a book of accounts showing the company’s assets and liabilities, as well as money received or expended by the company
Seal required, type of seal required
Redomiciliation (to, from) permitted permitted

Director and secretary

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Minimum number of directors Residency requirements for directors Corporate directors permitted Disclosure to local agent Disclosure to public
1 No No Yes No
Directors’ meetings/frequency/location No restrictions
Company secretary required No
Corporate secretary permitted No

Shareholder and beneficiary

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Minimum number of shareholders Residency requirements for shareholders Corporate shareholder permitted Disclosure to local agent Disclosure to public
1 No Yes Yes No
Meetings/frequency/location No restrictions
Beneficiary info disclosure to No

Shares and share capital

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Minimum authorized share capital Minimum issued share capital Minimum paid share capital Authorized capital payment deadlines Bearer shares permitted
AED 185.000 (~ USD 50.300 ) AED 185.000 (~ USD 50.300 ) Free Zone Administration does not request confirmation of payment of the capital when registering the company No
Issued capital payment deadlines A company normally issues 185 shares of AED 1,000 each
Standard currency AED
Standard authorized share capital 185000
Standard par value of shares 1000
Shares with no par value permitted No

Taxes

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Min. rate for corporate tax Capital gains tax VAT Withholding tax Exchange control
No No 5% No No
Personal tax No
Corporate tax (in detail) There is currently no federal corporate income tax in the UAE. However, the emirates introduce income tax at their own level. In the emirates, where income tax has been introduced, it is levied only on companies engaged in the extraction and processing of oil and gas and branches of foreign banks.
Capital gains tax. Details There is no capital gains tax in the UAE
VAT. Details The standard VAT rate is 5%.
Other taxes real property tax, municipal duties
Stamp duty No

Accounts

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Requirement to file accounts Publicly accessible accounts Audit required Requirement to file Annual Return Publicly accessible Annual Return
No No No No No
Requirement to prepare accounts Yes
Double tax treaties network 99
Tax Exchange Information Agreement network 8
OECD member No
Offshore/onshore status according to the RF laws No

GENERAL INFORMATION

General Info

United Arab Emirates is country situated in the Middle East.
Total area of the UAE is 83.600 sq. km sq. km. Population of the UAE is 9.771.000 (2019). Ethnic groups include Emirati 19%, other Arab and Iranian 23%, South Asian 50%, other expatriates (includes Westerners and East Asians) 8% (1982).
The capital of the UAE is Abu Dhabi.
The official language of the UAE is Arabic.
The official currency is Emirati dirham (AED). 1 USD is equal to 3.67 AED.
The climate of the UAE is desert; cooler in eastern mountains; avg. maximum temperature (August) +43°; avg. minimum temperature (January) +18°.
Time difference with Moscow is + 1 hour.
Literacy rate is 90%.
Calling code of the UAE is +971.

History

The formation of the Caliphate in the 7th century favored the spread of Islam among local population. Such cities as Dubai, Sharjah, El Fujairah were founded.
The Eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula was part of the state of the Qarmatians and after its collapse it was under the governing of Oman.
The English supremacy under the territory dates back to 1820. Oman was divided into three parts and later it was called Trucial Oman. Even under the protectorate of the British Empire the native people preserved their traditions and religion.
At the beginning of the 20th century the richest oilfields were discovered. It favored the international capital flows and the improvement of living standards.
In 1971 the federation of the United Arab Emirates was formed including six Emirates of the Trucial Oman. The seventh Emirate joined them next year.

Government Type

The UAE is a federation of hereditary absolute monarchies. It is governed by a Federal Supreme Council made up of the seven emirs of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Quwain. All responsibilities not granted to the national government are reserved to the emirates.
The head of state is the president whose post is held by the emir of Abu Dhabi. As the emirate is an absolute monarchy, the power is essentially hereditary. The President is the commander-in-chief and the chairman of the Supreme Union of Defense. The head of state signs the decrees and resolutions approved by the Supreme Council. Besides, president appoints diplomats, high civil and military officials, proclaims amnesty or confirms death penalties.
Executive power is exercised by the Council of Ministers headed by the chairman appointed by the president and approved by the Supreme Council. Government is in charge of working out draft law and federal budget, controlling the observation of court orders, ratification of international treaties and agreements, appointment and resignation of federal officials.
Legislative power is vested in Federal National Council which consists of representatives from each emirate (40 members). National Council is not a legislative body in the full sense, as it does not have a legislative initiative. It is in his power to only discuss laws suggested by the Council of Ministers and make amendments. The National Council is also entitled to reject any draft law. However, in this case the president has right to adopt the law after the Supreme Council has approved it.
Judiciary power is vested in the Union Supreme Court, which is the highest court in the UAE. It consists of the chairman and 4 independent judges. Supreme Court regulates relations between emirates, federal and local authorities.

Economy

The main characteristics of the United Arab Emirates economy currently are:
  • type of economy: an open economy, which involves active inclusion in international economic relations;
  • high per capita income;
  • about 40% of GDP is based on oil and gas production;
  • The UAE has more than 40 Free Zones (FZs), which helps attract foreign investment.

The discovery of oil contributed to a significant increase in living standards in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is now the third largest Gulf country in terms of oil production, which generates 2.2 million barrels per day on average. Reserves of raw materials in the UAE are:
  • 200 billion barrels of oil;
  • 5,600 billion cu.m. of natural gas.

Free Trade Zones

There are more than 40 free trade zones in the UAE.
Some Free Zones are designed around one or more business industry categories, e.g. Internet City, Media City, Healthcare City, Dubai International Financial Center, etc.), others have genera l specialization.
Free Zones of the UAE:
Dubai Internet City for the companies engaged in technologies. Here you can find the offices of such transnational corporations as Fortune 500, Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as many other small and medium businesses.
Dubai Media City for the companies engaged in media business. Here you can find the offices of such transnational corporations as CNN, Forbes, MBC, Reuters, Showtime, Sony and many others.
Dubai International Financial Center the largest companies in financial and insurance markets use this jurisdictions enter the market of the UAE and other markets of the Middle East and Northern Africa.
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre specialized on the companies engaged in trade on commodity markets (gold, diamonds, pearls, tea), and companies providing related services. The free zone plays a role of an international center of raw material in the region.
Dubai World Central allows to establish companies specializing in production, trade and service in various fields of economy. The Free zone is located on the territory of the largest international airport Al Maktoum International Airport, what gives great opportunities for logistic companies and companies connected with international air carriage.
RAK Investment Authority Free Zone allows to establish companies specializing in production, trade and service in various fields of economy.
Fujairah Free Zone (FFZ) allows to establish companies focused on trade, industry and service.
Jebel Ali Free Zone one of the largest free zones in the UAE, developed on the territory of the biggest port of the Middle East. It is a perfect choice for companies specializing in export and import operations.
Ajman Free Zone allows to establish companies specializing in production, trade and service in various fields of economy.
and others

CORPORATE INFORMATION

Legal System

Legal system of the UAE is a mixed legal system which combines:
  • Islamic law;
  • Civil law.

Codified laws regulating labor relations, maritime law relations, commercial transactions, civil acts, intellectual property, etc. apply in the UAE.
There are two main types of law in the UAE:
  • federal law;
  • local legislative acts (at the level of emirates).

Federal laws have effect on the whole territory of the UAE and are adopted by the legislative body or ministers.
Local decrees and acts have effect only on the territory of a separate emirate. Local decrees is adopted by the Emir or Hereditary Prince of the emirate; local acts is issued by the member of the royal family of the emirate.

Types of Entity

Companies registered in the UAE can be divided into 3 categories:
  • Onshore companies: companies registered in free zones
  • Offshore companies
  • Mainland companies^ types of such companies are regulated by the Civil Code of the UAE as well as federal Commercial Companies Act.

Besides, commercial activities can be established through Sole Establishment (sole trader). Foreign companies can also establish a branch or a representative office in the UAE or free trade zone.
At present all UAE companies (except companies of some sectors) are exempt from corporate tax, repatriation, royalties and other taxes and duties. 5% VAT was introduced in 2018.
Type of Company Restrictions on Activities Resident Permit Possible Registered Office in the UAE 100% Foreign Ownership Possible
Mainland companies may carry on business indicated in licence on the territory of the UAE and free zones Yes (for the founder and employees). Number of staff should be proportional to the occupied office space Registered office is compulsory For all types of companies (except civil companies) local partner with at least 51% ownership required
Onshore companies may carry on business indicated in licence on the territory of the free zone or outside the UAE Yes (for the founder and employees). Number of staff should be proportional to the occupied office space office can only be located in a free zone. Some zones provide a seat in a business center Yes
Offshore companies may carry on any activity which is not specially regulated outside the UAE only. No may not have an office in the UAE Yes

Mainland Companies

According to the UAE Commercial Companies Act, the following business forma can be established in the UAE:
  • Limited Liability Companies;
  • Private Joint Stock Companies;
  • Public Joint Stock Companies;
  • Joint Participation Ventures (or Private Unlimited Companies);
  • Limited Partnerships (or Simple Commandite Companies);
  • Partnership Limited with Shares (or Share Commandite Companies);
  • General Partnerships (or Joint Liability Companies)

According to the Civil Code civil companies can be established in the UAE. Types of activities of such companies are restricted – they can carry on professional activities in technologies, law, medicine, etc. The local shareholder is not required.

Free Trade Zone Companies

There are more than 40 free trade zones in the UAE. The federal laws, local laws and special laws adopted by the zone, regulate activities of the companies registered in a free zone. According to the general rule, local founder is not required.
To carry on international transactions a company is obliged to obtain a related licence which is issued in the process of incorporation. The company may not carry on business outside the free zone. However, international activity is not restricted by the law if it complies with the issued licence.
The law requires to lease a minimum office space in a free zone or a seat in the business center.
Free trade zone companies can be established in the following forms:
  • branch or representative office of a foreign company;
  • Free Zone Establishment;
  • Free Zone Company

Each free zone has its own requirements of share capital, number of directors, audit of accounts, etc.

Offshore Companies

The activities of offshore companies, along with federal law and the legislation of the relevant Emirate, are governed by special laws adopted in relation to such offshore jurisdictions.
The establishment of an offshore company does not require the involvement of a local partner as the founder.
Such companies generally do not have the right to conduct activities in the UAE, but are not restricted from conducting foreign trade operations outside the UAE. An offshore company cannot own real estate in the UAE and, unlike a resident company, cannot be used to obtain visas for its employees or directors.
Offshore companies are fully exempt from taxation in the UAE.
Such companies are not required to maintain an office or staff, or audit their annual financial statements.
Offshore companies cannot benefit from double taxation agreements.

COMPANY REGISTRATION IN AJMAN FREE ZONE

Ajman Free Zone

Established in 1988, Ajman FZ is located in the administrative center of the emirate of the same name. Ajman is situated 40 kilometers from Dubai and thanks to the large port it is one of the centers for organizing the transportation of goods. Developed infrastructure and a plenty of commercial real estate available for rent made Ajman FZ one of the most attractive zones for registering trading and manufacturing companies.

Company Name

According to the UAE legislation, the following restrictions apply to company names:
  • Sensitive words include: Insurance, Bank, Building society, Co-operative, Fund, Municipal, Chamber of Commerce, Trust, Royal, Chartered, Finance, Mutual Fund, Emirate and Emirates;
  • Company name should end with word “Limited” or “Ltd”;
  • The companies can use English or Arabic for their names.

Company Registration

Company registration in Ajman FZ includes the following steps:
  1. Select a company name to be checked for availability (at least two names), the structure of the company (directors, members) and type of licence;
  2. Pay fees for services
  3. Provide the documents for directors and shareholders (either originals or notarized copies);
  4. Prepare and submit a set of documents for company registration: company registration application (signed by the shareholder), specimen signature card (signed by the shareholder and director), Security Approval form (filled out and signed by each director and shareholder);
  5. Receive the certificate of registration, articles and seal in the specified address.

Confidentiality

The UAE does not have public company registries that would contain details of shareholders or directors. Information about free zone companies can only be obtained at the request of a local court.
The register of shareholders and directors of the company is not accessible to third parties.

Local Registered Office

Upon registration the company and the Free Zone administration necessarily sign an office lease agreement. The address of such office is considered the official registered office address of the company. At the same time, the company is free to rent additional offices, industrial premises or warehouses in the territory of Ajman FZ.

Seal

Companies are required to have a common seal.

Redomicile

The redomiciliation of companies either to or from the UAE is permitted.

COMPANY STRUCTURE

Directors

The director (manager) can only be an individual, the minimum number of directors is one. There are no requirements as to the residency of directors. Directors’ details are submitted to the Free Zone administration, but are not accessible to third parties.

Secretary

Ajman FZ does not have a requirement to appoint a company secretary.

Shareholders

The minimum number of members / shareholders in a company is one, they can be individuals or legal entities, and there are no residency requirements. In the SEZ Ajman there is no requirement for the mandatory presence of a local shareholder in the structure of the company.
If the shareholder is an individual, then such a person must be over 21 years old.

Beneficiary

Despite that many jurisdictions consider creating a public register of beneficial owners, the UAE does not have one yet. This means that there is no open access to the beneficial ownership information. It is stored by a service provider, namely a company registration agent, trustees, lawyers, accountants and other professionals, subject to strict confidentiality. Information about the beneficial owner can only be disclosed to regulatory authorities (for example, during inspections for its availability) or by court order.

Share Capital and Shares

The minimum authorized capital is AED 185,000 (appr. USD 50,300), however the Free Zone administration does not currently request confirmation of its payment when registering the company.
The company normally issues 185 shares of AED 1.000 each.

TAXATION

Individual Taxation

The UAE does not levy personal income tax.

Corporate Income Tax

The UAE is a federation of seven emirates. There is currently no federal tax on corporate profit/income in the UAE. However, corporate tax is imposed at the level of individual emirates.
The emirates that do have corporate tax only charge this to oil and gas extraction and processing companies and to branches of foreign banks.

Social Security Contributions

Social security contributions only apply to citizens of the UAE and of other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
The contribution rate for UAE citizens is usually 17.5%: 12.5% of the remuneration is paid by the employer, and 5% is withheld from the employee's remuneration.
Abu Dhabi has higher rates: 20% (employer's contribution is 15%).

VAT

The standard VAT rate is 5%.

Withholding Tax

The UAE has no withholding tax.

Other Taxes and Contributions

Municipal tax is charged on rented premises. The tax base is normally the annual rent.
Typically, the tax is levied on tenants, in some cases both on the tenant and the landlord.
The rate for commercial property is generally 10%.
Registration fees may apply, in particular for land and real estate transactions.
There are also fees for hospitality and tourist businesses.

Double Tax Agreements

The UAE have exchange of information relationships with 106 jurisdictions through:
  • 99 DTCs: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Burundi, Canada, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Hong Kong (China), Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Republic of), Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet nam, Yemen/
  • 8 TIEAs: Argentina, Colombia, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden.

It should be noted that the above treaties do not apply to offshore companies.

Foreign exchange control

There is no foreign exchange control in the UAE.

ACCOUNTS

Financial Statements

Every company registered in Ajman FZ must keep accounting records sufficient to confirm its financial position and reflecting up-to-date information about the assets and liabilities of the company.
It is necessary to annually prepare financial statements of the company, but there is no requirement to submit them to any authorities.

Audit

Ajman companies are not subject to audit requirements.

Annual Return

Offshore companies are not required to file annual return.

Tax Returns

Since most companies do not have an obligation to pay corporate taxes, they do not file corporate tax returns.

Economic Substance Reporting

UAE companies and some other types of entities must comply with the requirements established by the UAE economic substance legislation.
In particular, all companies must submit an Economic Substance Notification (the filing deadline is within 6 months of the end date of the company's financial year).
If a company conducts a relevant activity and derives income from it, then it must also submit an Economic Substance Report (within 12 months of the end date of the relevant financial year) and meet the economic substance test. The scope of required economic substance depends on the type of the relevant activity (for example, holding activity that only generates income in the form of dividends and capital gains is subject to reduced requirements, while high-risk intellectual property activities are subject to more requirements).
The legislator exempts a number of UAE registered companies, which conduct relevant activities, from meeting the economic substance test and submitting the Economic Substance Report: an investment fund, a company that is tax resident in another country; a company owned by a UAE resident (subject to certain conditions) and a UAE branch of a foreign company, if the income of such branch is subject to tax in another country.

BANK ACCOUNT IN THE UAE

Advantages

  1. Stable banking system, high probability of opening an account with UAE banks.
  2. No foreign exchange control.
  3. The local currency value is pegged to the dollar.
  4. Financial resources and bank instruments are available: letter of credit, credit cards, loans for corporate bodies and natural persons at a law rate, availability to banking products of asset management, attractive interest rates, etc.
  5. Convenient and effective access through Internet banking. For natural persons Internet banking is free of charge.
  6. Ability to work with US dollars.
  7. UAE is a member of FATF.

Who Can Open an Account

  • Corporate bodies registered in the UAE: free trade zone companies and offshore companies
  • Corporate bodies registered outside the UAE: offshore companies from different jurisdictions
  • Natural persons – residents of the UAE. Accounts for residents can be opened almost in any bank of the UAE
  • Natural persons – non-residents of the UAE. Local banks open accounts for non-residents who have a real property in the UAE. Local and international banks can also open accounts for non-residents if they keep a specific amount of balance.

GETTING A VISA IN THE UAE

Benefits for Business

  1. High degree of confidentiality with respect to company founders. No public register of companies.
  2. No tax on profit, dividends, interest, repatriation and other income.
  3. No exchange control.
  4. Access to double tax agreements with more than 100 countries.
  5. The UAE acts as a regional haven for businesses in the Middle East and North Africa, which provides access to the markets of the countries in the region.
  6. Access to the country's banking sector with attractive lending conditions and a high level of service.
  7. High safety and ease of doing business.
  8. Access to major international ports and air carriers. Developed infrastructure.
  9. Ability to open production facilities in free zones, which will provide duty-free import, processing and export of raw materials. The UAE is part of the customs space of the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf, which allows to sell goods imported into the country without paying duties in other states of the region.
  10. Access to low-cost labour and raw materials of the world countries.
  11. Low cost of energy.
  12. The UAE is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with per capita GDP of USD 38,436.

Benefits for Life

  1. English-speaking environment with a large Russian-speaking community.
  2. A high level of comfort of living, access to excellent infrastructure and services.
  3. Developed healthcare system.
  4. Access to the international education system: educational institutions of English-speaking and other countries of the world have their own schools and universities in the UAE.
  5. High level of safety.

How to get a visa?

The UAE does not have such concept as a residence permit. UAE migration rules require the issuance of residence visas, which in practice are similar to a residence permit.
A residence visa can be obtained on the following grounds:
  • based on the ownership of a UAE onshore company - investor visa;
  • by making an employment contract with a UAE onshore company - work visa.

The number of residence visas depends on the business package chosen during registration of the company.
An investor visa is normally issued for 3 years, a work visa - for 2 years.
Upon expiration, a visa can be renewed.

The procedure of applying for residence visas is as follows (application for a visa can only be made after registration of the company):
  1. Opening an Establishment Card (the migration file of the company) - 10 days. This document is necessary for the company to be able to apply for residence visas in the future.
  2. Submitting documents for a residence visa and obtaining the Entry Permit (permission to enter) - 1-2 weeks. To obtain a residence visa, you must enter the UAE with an Entry Permit.
  3. Visiting the UAE to obtain a residence visa - in most cases, a visa can be obtained within 5 working days. The applicant needs: to undergo a medical examination (blood test and chest X-ray) and submit biometric data (retina and fingerprints scan).
  4. After receiving a passport with a residence visa inserted into it, one can leave the country.
  5. Obtaining a resident ID card - ID Emirates. The card is issued a few days after the issuance of a visa. Personal presence is not required to receive it.

IMPORTANT: One is not required to reside in the UAE permanently, but a residence visa will be canceled if one stays outside the UAE for more than 6 months.

International law relations

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Party to the Hague Convention (Apostille) Legal system Double tax treaties network OECD member Offshore/onshore status according to the RF laws
No mixed legal system of Islamic law and civil law 99 No No

Public authorities and legal acts

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List of laws and regulations
Act name Scope of law
The UAE Federal Law No. 2 of 2015 on Commercial Companies Commercial Companies (UAE)
The UAE Federal Law No. No. 1 of 2006 Concerning Electronic Transactions And Commerce Electronic Transactions And Commerce (UAE)
The UAE Federal Law No. 8 of 2004: On Financial Free Zones Free Zones (UAE)
The UAE Expand Federal Law No. 9 of 2006: On the population register and identity card Population register and identity card (UAE)
The UAE Federal Law No. 7 of 2017 On the Tax Procedures Tax Procedures (UAE)
The UAE Federal Decree Law No. 20 On facing money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism and illegal organisations AML (UAE)
Law No. (1) of 1993 regarding the exercise of economic or, professional or craft business for the non-UAE nationals in the Emirate of Ajman Non-UAE nationals (Ajman)
Law No. 2 of 1991 regarding the licensing of professionals and artisans from the non- UAE nationals in the Emirate of Ajman Licensing of professionals and artisans from the non- UAE nationals (Ajman)
Law of Commercial Licenses of 1985 Commercial Licenses (Ajman)
Tax treaties entered Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Burundi, Canada, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Hong Kong (China), Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Republic of), Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet nam, Yemen
Tax Exchange Information Agreement (TEIA) Argentina, Colombia, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden
List of state regulatory authorities
Adjman Free Zone https://www.afz.ae/
Government of Ajman https://www.ajmanded.ae/en/default.aspx/
The UAE Government https://u.ae/en
The UAE Ministry of Justice https://moj.gov.ae/
The UAE Ministry of Economy https://www.economy.gov.ae/English/pages/default.aspx
The UAE Department of Economic Development https://added.gov.ae/
Central Bank of the UAE https://www.centralbank.ae/en/

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