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Fujairah Free Zone (FFZ)

Fujairah Free Zone is a free trade zone in the emirate of Fujairah on the East Coast of the UAE and offers offices, warehouse space, or land for those wanting to establish assembly, distribution, or manufacturing plants and warehouses, or trading offices. The freezone is located next to the Port of Fujairah.

  • The Fujairah Free Zone Authority (FFZA) is the regulator for the FFZ. All applications to establish in the FFZ are subject to the approval of the FFZA.
  • Director General of the FFZ is Sharief Habib Al Awadhi / Sharif Habib AlAwadhi
  • Customs duties of 4% applicable for export from FFZ to the rest of the UAE (more for tobacco and alcohol products)
  • The FFZ can arrange transit visas for visitors to Fujairah (prior to or after setting up).
  • ONline application form available on FFZ website, or contact them directly and speak to a Fujairah Freezone Marketing Officer first.
Fujairah Free Zone business types
  • Assembly
  • Distribution
  • Manufacturing - licence costs AED 5000.
  • Trading - offices available for import, export, re-export. Furnished or unfurnished, warehousing, storage, and packaging facilities available. A trading licence permits import, export, re-export of goods and commodities as specified on the licence, which could be general or specific. Trading licence cost is AED 2500.

Business entities can apply for a Trading & General Trading licence, a Manufacturing licence, or a Warehousing licence.

Fujairah Free Zone company types
  • Branch of another company
  • Free Zone Company (FZC) - need bank statement showing minimum capital of AED 150,000 available (might not apply after August 2009¹)
  • Free Zone Establishment (FZE) - need bank statement showing minimum capital of AED 150,000 available (might not apply after August 2009¹)
  • Offshore Company
  1. New decree in August 2009 abolished minimum capital requirements for UAE companies. Unknown if it applies to UAE free zones.
Types of office and costs available in FFZ
  Virtual Office Flexidesk Small Office Large Office Warehouse Land
Minimum size
15 sq m
35 sq m
300 sq m
Visas
0
1
2
4
License (AED)
2,500
2,500
2,500/5,000
2,500/5,000
5,000
5,000
Rent (AED)³
9,500
12,500
20,000
720/sq m
220/sq m
12/sq m
Incorporation (AED)
5,000
5,000
5,000
5,000
5,000
5,000
Chamber of Commerce (AED)
3,020
3,020
3,020
3,020
Utilities (AED)²
500
500
1,800
1,800
2,800
2,800
Security Deposit (AED)
5,000
10,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
15,000
Visa (per person)¹ (AED)
1,600
1,600
1,600
1,600
1,600
Visa deposit (PP) (AED)
1,000
1,000
1,000
1,000
1,000
  1. Visa fees include residence visa and ID card (renew every 3 years), and health card (renew annually - AED 300)
  2. Incorporation and Utilities fees are a one time payment (monthly charges depend on use), License, Chamber of Commerce, Rent, and Utilities are annual charges. Incorporation charges only required for FZE and FZC establishements.
  3. Rent figures variable, check with FFZ for correct amounts (might be substantially higher in 2008 and 2009). Small Office option might not be available.
  4. Freezone licence is minimum AED 2,500, General Trading Licence is AED 5,000
  5. Additional costs include tel & internet connection AED 500 (+ usage charges), and UAE PO Box AED 400 registration + AED 250 annual charges.

Charges based on FFZ website information (last checked 16 August 2009). Please let us know if any information is incorrect, or post a comment in the forum. Thanks.

To set up in the Fujariah Free Zone, following documents are needed:
  • Passport and copy of applicant
  • FFZ application form
  • Description of project or business / business plan
  • Letter from bank or bank statement showing AED 150,000 funds for minimum capital requirement (not in all cases, check with FFZ).
To establish a Branch office of a foreign company, documents needed are:
  • Board of Directors Resolution from parent company
  • Memorandum / Articles of Association attested by the UAE embassy in the home country of head office
  • Operating / Trade Licence of the parent company
  • Passport copies and 2x photographs of all directors, shareholders, executive management
  • FFZ application and incorporation forms
Fujairah transport and logistics

Fujairah is located on the Indian Ocean which means sea transport does not have to navigate the Straits of Hormuz. There is good, rather than excellent, road access to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, although the highways can be busy, and the many trucks travelling along them tend to tear up the roads a bit so they look tired relatively quickly. Fujairah International Airport has a handful of flights to countries in the region but is relatively small compared to Abu Dhabi International Airport or Dubai International Airport. Most passenger traffic to Fujairah is more likely to enter the UAE via one of those airports (Dubai is closer) or Sharjah International Airport (even closer to Fujairah).

Fujairah Free Zone contact details
  • Fujairah Free Zone Authority, PO Box 1133, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Tel +971-9-2228000, fax +971-9-2228888, email freezone@emirates.net.ae or freezone@eim.ae
Last update Sunday 16-Aug-2009
Related pages
Related websites (new window)
  • www.fujairahfreezone.com - irritating flash intro with music but no skip intro button. Website also at www.fujairahfreezone.ae
  • www.ffz-troublezone.com - an interesting looking blog from an obviously disgruntled Fujairah Free Zone customer, but appears to be abandoned (August 2009)

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