About Um al Quwain Freezone

UAQ Freezone

About UAQ Freezone

Umm Al Quwain Free Zone is a newly formed Free Zone. It started operation in 2014. There are more than 25 free zones in the UAE. Many are located in Dubai. However there are four free zones close by in other emirates which offer good options for forming a new business. Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone is one such Free Zone located 50 minutes away from Dubai Airport in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain. It is 6 km from Sharjah and 20 Km from Dubai. It can be approached easily from the old Emirates road as well as from the roads near the sea shore in Sharjah old town. The head office of the Umm Al Quwain Free Zone Authority is located near approach to the town of Umm Al Quwain. Umm Al Quwain Free Zone authority is government backed autonomous arm of Umm Al Quwain emirate in the UAE which is authorized to incorporate business companies with “trade licence”. Umm Al Quwain Free Zone companies enjoy the same legal status inside the UAE as any other Free Zone company in the matters of trade, contracts, imports, exports, visa and banking. Umm Al Quwain Free Zone has been operating as an autonomous free zone. It has promise to grow rapidly in the next few years because of the advantages it offers particularly to those looking for economical set up and running costs as well as variety of licences. Like other free zone companies Umm Al Quwain Free Zone company can be owned 100% by the foreign owners- a company or individuals, it is tax free and can import into Free Zone duty free. This means that the Umm Al Quwain Free Zone companies engaged in international trade can release their goods and keep them as stocks meant for re-export without payment of customs duties. Umm Al Quwain Free Zone company can freely do business internationally. Like other free zones Umm Al Quwain Free Zone company can sell goods in the local markets by using the services of a local trader. Service companies can deliver services from inside the Free Zone into UAE and to other countries. Like any other free zone company it can use the Dubai’s seaports and airports for shipment of goods by registering the company in Dubai customs to get an import code. This makes it possible to take advantage of Umm Al Quwain Free Zone’s lower costs and Dubai port’s services. Of course the goods released in a port say Jebel Ali port in Dubai must either stay inside or be taken out by paying customs duty to be taken to Umm Al Quwain Free Zone company. Umm Al Quwain Free Zone company can open a bank account in a bank branch in Dubai. The company can and must take an office inside the Free Zone areas in Umm Al Quwain. The minimum office category available is ‘flexi desk’ in their own Business Centre. The company can take residence visas for its employees and owners who can live anywhere in the UAE

Finally What is special about Umm Al Quwain Free Zone

This free zone has three licences which are specially designed for needs of businessmen looking for activities not easily allowed elsewhere, for single professionals, and for most economical options. These special licences are Premium Consultancy, Micro Business, Freelancer Permit. They are shown below. Also unlike most free zones the company can be formed without owner being present in the UAE by using consultant’s services.

Commercial License(TRADING LICENSE)

  • Commercial License
  • General Trading License

Commercial License :

This authorizes the import, export, distribution and storing of items specified on the license. A Commercial License can have three different product lines or 10 similar product lines.

General Trading License:

This enables the licensee to trade in a wider range of activities and gives the freedom and flexibility to trade in any commodity which is permitied within the UAE. Note Commodities which require special approval or clearance from various UAE authorities e.g. explosives and armaments cannot be traded with a General Trading license.

Industrial License

This enables the licensee to import raw materials, then manufacture/ process / assemble / package the specified products, and export the finished product. It allows the holder to import raw materials for the purpose of manufacturing, processing and/or assembly of specified products.

Consultancy License

This is for entities which offer expert or professional advice and is issued to all manner of professionals like webdesigners, models, photographers, actors, singers, directors etc. It allows two similar activities.

Freelance Permit

This allows an individual to operate as a freelance professional, and conduct business in one’s birth name as opposed to a brand name or company. The Freelance Permit is designed for individuals who operate in technology, media and film sectors, and is issued to talent roles, creative roles and selected administrative roles.

Service License

This license is for service providers. It permits the licensee to carry out the services specified on the license within the Free Zone, such as Logistics; Courier Services; Insurance Service Provider; Travel Agency; Tour Services; Car Rental etc.
CommercialGeneral TradingConsultancyFreelancersPremium Consultancy


501001 Automobile Trading
501002 Buses , Trucks Trading
501003 Specialized Vehicles Trading
501004 Used Automobile Trading
501005 Used Vehicles Trading
501006 Electric Cars Trading
501007 Racing Cars Trading
501008 Safe Transport Specialized Vehicles Trading
501009 Classic Cars Trading
503001 Auto Spare Parts & Components Trading
503002 Auto Accessories Trading
503003 Tyres & Rims Trading
503004 Used Auto Spare Parts & Requisites Trading
503005 Trailers Trading
503006 Batteries Trading
504001 Motorcycles & Spare Parts Trading
504003 Off Road Karts & Spare Parts Trading
504004 Jet Ski Trading
504005 Trikke Scooters Trading
504006 Motorcycles Spare Parts & Accessories Trading
511003 Commercial Brokers
511006 Representative Office
512101 Seeds Trading
512103 Flowers & Plants Trading
512104 Natural Herbs Trading
512105 Dates Trading
512106 Grains, Cereals & Legumes Trading
512111 Hides Trading
512112 Wool & Animal Hair Trading
512113 Horns, Hooves & Animal Bones Trading
512114 Fodder Trading
512117 Plant & Tree Nurseries Trading
512118 Animal Feed Trading
512120 animal fodder supplements trading
512121 Coal & Firewood Trading
512122 Tanned Leathers Trading
512123 Fish & Meat Wastes Trading
512124 Cotton & Natural Fibers Trading
512200 Food & Beverages Trading
512201 Health Food Trading
Food Supplements Trading
512202 Baby Food Trading
512203 Snack Food Trading
512204 Dairy Products Trading
512205 Canned & Preserved Food Trading
512206 Fresh & Chilled & Frozen Meat Trading
512207 Frozen Fish & Seafood Trading
512208 Salted, Preserved Fish & Seafood Trading
512209 Egg Trading
512210 Honey Trading
512211 Sugar Trading
512212 Tea Trading
512213 Coffee Trading
512214 Spices Trading
512215 Bread & Bakery Products Trading
512216 Confectionary & Chocolate Trading
512217 Pastry Trading
512218 Ice Cream Trading
512219 Flour Trading
512220 Ghee & Vegetable Oil Trading
512221 Nuts Trading
512222 Salt Trading
512223 Mineral Water Trading
512224 Soft Drinks & Carbonated Water Trading
512225 Juice Trading
512227 Ice Trading
512229 Dried Vegetables & Fruit Trading
512230 Fish & Marine Animals Trading
512231 flavours & fragrances trading
512232 Vegetables & Fruit Trading
513101 Textile Trading
513102 Blankets , Towels & Linens Trading
513104 Oriental Carpets Trading
513105 Carpets Trading
513106 Flags & flagpoles Trading
513107 Readymade Garments Trading
513108 Arabwear Trading
513109 Babywear Trading
513110 Underwear Trading
513111 Men's Garment Trading
513112 Ladies' Garments Trading
513113 Sports Wear Trading
513114 Protective Garments & Vests Trading
513115 Uniforms Trading
513116 Slippers & Sandals Trading
513117 Shoe Trading
513119 Military cloth ware & requisites Trading
513120 Garments Accessories Trading
513121 Sticks & Umbrellas Trading
513122 Tents , Awnings& Tarpaulins Trading
513123 Threads & Yarns Trading
513124 Curtains & Upholstery Fabrics Trading
513901 Handbags & Leather Products Trading
513902 Illustrated Magazines & Catalogues Trading
513903 Books, Newspapers & Publications Trading
513904 Stationery , Drawing & Writing Instruments Trading
513905 Educational Aids Trading
513906 Invitation & Greeting Cards Trading
513907 Multi-Dimensional Images Trading (HOLOGRAM)
513908 Advertising Requisites Trading
513909 Films & Photography Materials Trading
513910 Ceramic & Chinaware Trading
513911 Household Utensils Trading
513912 Cutlery & Silverware Trading
513913 Cookers & Cookstoves Trading
513914 Audio-Visual, Recording Equipment & Accessories Trading
513915 Refrigerators , Washing Machines & Household Electrical Appliances Trd
513916 Chandeliers Trading
513917 Light Fittings & Fixtures Trading
513918 Filters & Purification Devices Trading
513919 Ventilators & Fans Trading
513920 Ignition Materials Trading
513921 Aircondition & Refrigeration Spare Parts Trading
513922 Antennas Trading
513923 Home Furniture Trading
513924 Domestic Kitchen & Fixture Trading
513925 Bamboo, Cane & Wicker Products Trading
513926 Sponge Mattresses Trading
513927 Watches & Clocks & Spare Parts Trading
513928 Jewellery Trading
513929 Pearls & Precious Stones Trading
513930 Imitation Jewellery Trading
513931 Gifts Trading
513932 Crystal Products Trading
513933 Toys & Games Trading
513934 Novelties Trading
513935 Paintings & Frames Trading
513936 Artificial Flowers & Plants Trading
513938 Cloth Hangers Trading
513939 Wax Candles Trading
513940 Old Postage Stamps & Currencies Trading
513941 Sport Equipment & Articles Trading
513942 Horse Equestrian Equipment & Requisites Trading
513943 Fishing & Hunting Requisites Trading
513944 Camping Requisites Trading
513945 Suitcases & Travel Requisites Trading
513946 Musical Instruments & Requisites Trading
513947 Photographic Equipment & Accessories Trading
513948 Dry Batteries Trading
513949 Occupational Hygiene & Safety Requisites Trading
513950 Saddles & Animals, Birds Training Requisites Trading
513952 Bicycles & Spare Parts Trading
513956 Para Pharmaceutical Products Trading
513957 Medical, Surgical Articles & Requisites Trading
513958 Perfumes & Cosmetics Trading
513959 Agarwood & Incense Trading
513960 Spectacles & Contact Lenses Trading
513961 Sunglasses Trading
513962 Beauty and personal care Requisites Trading
513963 Baby Care Requisites Trading
513964 Paper Products Trading
513965 Persons with Special Needs Equipment Trading
513966 Soap & Hair Care Products Trading
513969 Authentic Antiques, Artefacts & Artworks Trading
514101 Crude Oil Trading
514102 Lubricants & Grease Trading
514103 Refined Oil Products Trading
514104 Fuel Trading
514105 Tar & Asphalt Trading
514201 Metal Ores Trading
514202 Steel and Basic Steel products trading
514203 Non Ferrous Metal Trading
514204 Non-Manufactured Precious Metal Trading
514205 Scales & Dry Measures Trading
514206 Bolts, Nuts, Screws & Nails Trading
514207 Agricultural Tools Trading
514208 Building Hardware & Tools Trading
514209 Workshop Hardware & Tools Trading
514210 Metal Drums & Barrels Trading
514211 Metal Cans & Containers Trading
514212 Precision Dies Trading
514213 Traffic Signs & Requisites Trading
514214 Metal Wires Trading
514215 Metal Rope trading
514217 Cargo Containers Trading
514218 Gas Cylinders Trading
514220 Metal Alloys Trading
514300 Building & Construction Materials Trading
514301 Steel Bars Trading
514302 Bricks Trading
514303 Cement & Gypsum Trading
514304 Sand, Gravel & Stones Trading
514305 Building Metal Products Trading
514306 Tiles & Flooring Materials Trading
514307 Glass & Mirrors Trading
514308 Wires & Cables Trading
514309 Cement Products Trading
514310 Gypsum Products Trading
514311 False Ceilings Trading
514313 Sanitary Ware Trading
514314 Electrical Fittings Trading
514315 Pre-Fabricated Houses Trading
514316 Swimming Pools Trading
514317 Tanks & Silos Trading
514318 Pipes & Fittings Trading
514319 Fibre Glass Products Trading
514320 Ironmongery Trading
514321 Decoration Materials & Partitions Trading
514322 Wall Paper Trading
514323 Metal Blinds Trading
514324 Lighting Poles Trading
514325 Scaffolds Trading
514326 Readymix Concrete Trading
514327 Fencing & Barbed Wire Trading
514328 Timber Trading
514329 Wooden Products Trading
514330 Special Fabrics & Fibers For Construction Trading
514331 Doors, Windows & other Plastic Building Products Trading
514332 Building Maquettes & Models Requisites Trading
514333 Fly Ash Trading
514334 Crane Rails & Fixing Accessories Trading
514335 Fire Resistant Doors Trading
514336 Green Buildings Construction materials Trading
514337 Water Heaters Trading
514338 Locks & Keys Trading
514339 Paint & Varnish Trading
514340 Marble & Natural Stones Trading
514341 Fire Fighting Pipes Trading
514342 Fire Resistant & Retardant Materials Trading
514901 Chemical Fertilizer Trading
514902 Agricultural Pesticides Trading
514903 Detergents & Disinfectants Trading
514904 Industrial Solvents Trading
514906 Industrial & Liquefied Natural Gas Trading
514907 Tannery & Dyeing Materials Trading
514908 Acids & Alkalines Trading
514909 Plastic & Nylon Raw Materials Trading
514910 Industrial Sponge Trading
514911 Rubber Trading
514912 Photography Processing Materials Trading
514913 Medical Gas Trading
514914 Fire Extinguishing Materials Trading
514915 Ink & Printing Materials Trading
514916 Non Edible Oil Trading
514917 Adhesives Trading
514918 Gum & Glue Trading
514919 Insulation & Protection Materials Trading
514920 Oilfield Chemicals Trading
514923 Basic Industrial Chemicals Trading
514924 Construction Chemicals Trading
514925 Insecticides Trading
514926 Organic Fertilizer & Plant Feed Trading
514927 Ropes, Sacks & Jute Bags Trading
514928 Paper Trading
514929 Packing & Packaging Materials Trading
514931 Waste Paper Trading
514932 Scrap & Metal Waste Trading
514933 Upholstery Requisites & Materials Trading
514934 Sewing & Embroidery Requisites Trading
514935 Plastic Bags & Containers Trading
514939 Raw Materials Trading
514940 Laboratories Chemicals Trading
514942 Petrochemicals Trading
514943 Plastic Sheets Trading
514944 Aircraft Scrap & Used Spare Parts Trading
514945 Water Treatment & Purification Chemicals Trading
514946 Used Cooking Oils Trading
515101 Computer Electric Accessories Trading
515102 Computer Software Trading
515103 Computer & Data Processing Requisites Trading
515104 Computer Equipment & Requisites Trading
515201 Blank Cassettes Trading
515202 Audio Recordings Trading
515204 Motion Picture & T.V. Programmes Trading (Video Shops)
515205 Electrical & Electronic Appliances Spare Parts Trading
515206 Telephones & Telecommunications Equipment Trading
515207 Mobile Phones Trading
Mobile Phones & Accessories Trading
515208 Paging Receivers Trading
515209 Electronic Cards Trading
515210 Electronic Precision Instruments Trading
515211 Telecommunications Equipment Trading
515212 Wireless Equipment & Instruments Trading
515213 Satellite Receiving Equipment Trading
515214 Global Positioning Systems (G.P.S) Trading
515215 Visual Recordings Trading
515216 SIM Trading
515901 Agricultural Tractors & Machinery Trading
515902 Agricultural Equipment & Accessories Trading
515903 Agricultural Equipment & Machinery Spare Parts Trading
515904 Workshop Equipment, Machinery & Spare Parts Trading
515905 Industrial Plant Equipment & Spare Parts Trading
515906 Oilfield & Natural Gas Equipment & Spare Parts Trading
515907 Office Furniture Trading
515908 Solar Energy Systems & Components Trading
515909 Fire Fighting & Safety Equipment Trading
515910 Scientific & Laboratory Equipment Trading
515911 Measuring & Control Systems Trading
515912 Refrigeration & Cold Storage Equipment Trading
515913 Diving Equipment Trading
515914 Radio, T.V. Stations, Cinema & Theatre Equipment Trading
515915 Construction Equipment & Machinery Trading
515916 Air-Condition Trading
515917 Construction Equipment & Machinery Spare Parts Trading
515918 Heavy Equipment & Machinery Spare Parts Trading
515919 Beauty & Personal Care Equipment Trading
515920 Handling, Loading & Lifting Equipment Trading
515921 Animal & Poultry Farms Equipment Trading
515922 Vending Machines Trading
515923 Water Desalination Equipment Trading
515924 Bricks Making Equipment Trading
515925 Painting Equipment Trading
515926 Bakeries & Flour Mills Equipment Trading
515927 Water Treatment Equipment Trading
515928 Water Cooling & Heating Equipment Trading
515929 Printing Equipment & Instruments Trading
515930 Lighting Equipment & Requisites Trading
515931 Catering Equipment Trading
515932 City Cleaning Equipment Trading
515933 Building Cleaning Equipment Trading
515934 Sea Cleaning Equipment Trading
515935 Environment Protection Equipment Trading
515936 Laundry & Dry Cleaning Equipment Trading
515937 Auto Washing Equipment Trading
515938 Office Equipment Trading
515939 Shop, Office Equipment & Fittings Trading
515940 Packing & Packaging Equipment Trading
515941 Well Drilling Equipment Trading
515942 Pest Control Equipment Trading
515943 Airport Equipment Trading
515944 Garden Equipment Trading
515945 Sports Fields &halls Equipment Trading
515946 Schools, Hospitals & Laboratories Furniture Trading
515947 Medical, Surgical Equipment & Instruments Trading
515948 Veterinary Equipment & Instruments Trading
515949 Structural Wire Rope Systems Trading
515950 Sewing Machines & Spare Parts Trading
515951 Lifts, Escalators & Spare Parts Trading
515952 Pumps, Engines, Valves & Spare Parts Trading
515953 Calculators & Spare Parts Trading
515954 Type Writers, Photocopiers & Spare Parts Trading
515955 Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution Equipment Trading
515956 Automatic Gates & Barriers Trading
515957 Irrigation Equipment & Requisites Trading
515958 Engineering Designing Instruments Trading
515959 Security Control & Alarm Equipment Trading
515960 Green Houses & Equipment Trading
515963 Meat & Fish Processing Equipment & Machinery Trading
515964 Spinning & Weaving Equipment & Spare Parts Trading
515965 Electronic Games & Amusement Centre Equipment Trading
515967 Ships & Boats Trading
515968 Light Aircrafts Trading
515969 Ship & Boats Spare Parts & Components Trading
515970 Aircraft Spare Parts & Components Trading
515971 Kids Rides & Games Trading
515972 Trains Spare Parts & Components Trading
515973 Aquarium & Display Cases Trading
515974 Engines & Machinery Spare Parts Trading
515975 Blast Furnaces & Smelters Trading
515976 Inspection, Testing Equipment & Devices Trading
515977 Central Ventilators & Air-Filters Trading
515978 Ports & Marine Guide Equipment Trading
515979 Photographic processing Equipement Trading
515980 Cleanroom Systems Trading
515981 Monetary & Banking Equipment Trading
515982 Gliders, Sailplanes & Spare Parts Trading
515985 Security Devices, Equipment Trading
515986 Franking Machines Trading
515987 Magnctic Technology Equipment Trading
515988 Plate Heat Exchangers Trading
515989 Petrol Station Equipment Trading
515990 Carbon Control Systems Trading
515999 Aircrafts & Helicopters Trading
519003 Caps & Lids Trading
519004 Glass Bottles Trading
519005 Smelters & Furnaces Refractory Materials Trading
519006 Airline Inflight Prorducts Trading
519007 Vehicles & Mobile Phones Numbers Trading
519009 Carbon Credits Trading
519010 Laboratories Tools & Requisites Trading
519011 Fibre Optic Products & Requisites Trading
519012 Astronomy Equipment Trading
519013 Specialized Photographic Equipment & Processing Materials Trading
519014 Dry Ice Trading
524001 Used Furniture Trading
524002 Used Jewellery Trading
524003 Used Electrical & Electronic Appliances Trading
524004 Used Household Utensils Trading
524005 Used Building Machinery & Equipment Trading
524006 Used Heavy Equipment & Machinary Trading
524007 Used Cloth & Personal Items Trading
524008 Used Tyres Trading
525101 Foodstuff E-Trading
525102 Garments, Textiles & Gifts E-Trading
525103 Publications and media Materials E-Trading
525104 Household, Professional & Personal Goods E-Trading
525105 Vehicles and transport means E-Trading
525106 Equipment E-Trading
525107 Jewellery & Precious Stones E-Trading
513955 Medicinal Chemical Trading
749946 Event Managment

General Trading

521904 General Trading


672004 Insurance Consultancy
721001 Computer Consultancy
721002 Network Consultancy
721003 Information Technology Consultancy
721004 Internet Consultancy
722901 Computer Software House
722903 Web-Design
722906 Computer Graphic Design Consultancy
724003 Portal
731002 Environmental Consultancy
731004 Renewable Energy Consultancy
809016 Educational Consultancy
741301 Marketing Consultancy
Marketing Research & Consultancy
741302 Marketing Management
741405 Management Consultancy
741406 Human Resources Consultancy
741407 Quality & Standardization Consultancy
741413 Facilities Management Consultancy
741414 Waste Management & Recycling Consultancy
741416 Spa & Fitness Clubs Consultancy
741417 Project Development Consultancy
741422 Food, Health food & Dairy Consultancy
741423 Agricultural Consultancy
741428 Fire Safety Consultancy
742103 Construction Engineering Consultancy
742107 Ports Engineering Consultancy
742110 Interior Design Consultancy
742122 Mechanical Engineering Consultancy
742138 Projects Management Engineering&Technical Feasibility Studies Consultancy
Project Management Consultancy
742145 Hydrographic Engineering Surveying Consultancy
742161 Noise Control, Vibration & Acoustics Consultancy
742163 Vertical & Horizontal Transportation Systems Consultancy
742166 Green Buildings Consultancy
742167 Science & Technology Consultancy
742170 Architectural Design Consultancy
742172 Marine Projects Consultancy
742173 Energy Projects Consultancy
742206 Safety Consultancy
743001 Advertising Consultancy
Media Consultancy
749915 Hotel Management Consultancy
8519-15 Health Awareness Consultancy
Event Management Consultancy
851903 Dieting & Weight Control Consultancy
921409 Fine Arts Consultancy
924122 Sport Consultancy
722904 Internet Content Provider
729001 Public Networking Consultancy
741401 Transport Consultancy
741402 Feasibility Studies Consultancy
741408 Information Studies & Consultancy
741409 Technical Installations Consultancy
741410 Hotel Consultancy
741415 Public relations Management
741421 Heritage Consultancy
742111 Landscaping Engineering Consultancy
742120 Electronic Engineering Consultancy
742129 Mining & Mines Equipment Engineering Consultancy
742144 Products Design Consultancy
749905 Films Translating & Subtitling
749909 Call Centers
749911 Surveying & Evaluating
749912 Exhibition Organizing
749914 Fashion Designing
749918 Theater & Cinema Management
749920 Facilities Management
749921 Fashion Shows Organizing
749922 Conferences & Seminars Organizing
749924 Auctions Organizing
749926 Documents Storage
749928 Non-Commercial Information
749929 Sport clubs & facilities management
749936 Credit Rating
749943 Children With Special Needs Parents' Consultancy
749947 Real Estate Exhibition Organizing
749948 Jewellery Designing
749950 Intellectual Property Rights Management
749951 Educational Facilities Management
921401 Wedding Parties Organizing
921409 Fine Arts Consultancy
921415 Music Consultancy
749968 Immigration Consultancy
742171 Buildings Electrical Engineering Consultancy
741420 Sourcing and Procurement Consultancy
742179 Buildings Energy Efficiency Consultancy
741419 Cost Control & Risk Management Consultancy
Beauty Advisors
741427 Customs Consultancy
732000 Research & Experimental Development On Social Science
732002 Educational Technologies Research & Development
749206 Security Studies & Consultancy


Aerial Shoot Photographer
Apparel Designer
Audio / Sound Engineer
Content Provider
Costume Designer
Director: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Editor: Publishing
Events Planner
Fashion Stylist
Fashion Artist
Fashion Designer
Furniture Designer
Graphic Designer
Jewelry Designer
Lighting Technician
Makeup Artist
Music Director
New Media Specialist
Presenter (TV/Radio)
Print Media Specialist
PR Specialist
Set and Exhibit Designer
Special Effects Producer
Speech-language Pathologists
Web Designer
Wardrobe Stylist

Premium Consultancy

630318 Aviation Consultancy
671901 Investment Consultancy
671912 Mortgage Consultancy
741102 Legal Consultancy
741404 Real Estate Consultancy
741411 Tourism Consultancy
741426 Logistics Consultancy
742109 Oil & Natural Gas Exploration Consultancy
742132 Chemical & Oil Engineering Consultancy
742133 Oil Refining Engineering Consultancy
742142 Oil Exploration Engineering Consultancy
742156 Gas Extraction Engineering Consultancy
630309 Aircraft Classification
630311 Civil Aviation Information
630305 Vessel Classification


Item Commercial License Consultancy License General Trading License Premium Consultancy License Micro Business License Freelance Permit
REGISTRATION 2,000AED 2,000AED 2,000AED 2,000AED 2,000AED 2,000AED
LICENSE 2,500 AED 2,500 AED 9,500 AED 14,500 AED 2,500 AED 2,500 AED
PREMIUM OFFICE 16,000 AED 16,000 AED 16,000 AED 16,000 AED N/A N/A
Consultancy Service Charge 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 AED
Total 25,500 AED 25,500 AED 32,500 AED 37,500 AED 18,500 AED 18,500 AED

UAQ Timeline

Day 1 - Submit application to Unique Services Hub and make payment.

Day 3 - Company name reservation is finished at UAQ FTZ by means of particular services Hub (CZ). Your dedicated phone variety is activated and the details are provided to you immediately by means of myOffice enterprise center together with information of your cope with.
Day 4 - Incorporation Documents will be submitted to UAQ FTZ by Unique Services Hub (CZ)
Day 5 - Trade License released by the Free Zone and a scanned copy of the original will be sent to you via email
Day 6 - Original Trade License, Certificate of Incorporation, Lease Agreement, Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association*
Day 20 - Company Immigration Card issued by Umm Al Quwain Immigration. You may apply for your visa at this point.
Day 20 - Complete and submit visa application forms and attested degree certificate (if applicable) and Emirates ID Card information (if applicable) to CZ and make payment
NB - if you are currently overstaying in the country, your visa application will not be accepted by UAQ Immigration Day 25 - Entry Visa issued (Pink Colored Visa) and a copy emailed to you

Should you be outside the country when the visa is issued, please provide us with your flight details so we can drop your visa at Dubai airport for a fee of AED 250.

Day 26 - Original Entry Visa available for collection at CZ offices Carry out change of status (In/Out Stamp) either by exiting and re-entering the country i.e. by driving to the Hatta/Oman border (if applicable), or by submitting your passport, original entry visa and payment to CZ to carry out the same without having to leave the country.

If the change of status is completed within the 30 day grace period following the cancellation of your previous residency visa you will not incur any overstay fines.

If any overstay fines that you may be incurring will continue until you complete the change of status.

Should you be outside the country when the visa is issued, and are not from one of the 48 countries that are granted a visa on arrival, and are entering the UAE on your new entry visa, which will constitute your change of status, please be sure to contact your airline prior to travelling, as many airlines will need to see a copy of your entry visa prior to travel in order to verify the same and then upload a copy of the visa onto their system, and provide you with an ‘OK to Board’. The same would apply if you are inside the country when the visa is issued, and plan to exit the country with your visa in hand, and then re-enter the UAE by air.

If you are inside the country when your visa is issued, you must execute your change of status or exit the country prior to the expiry of your current visa conditions i.e. the expiry of your visit visa or tourist visa or grace period following the cancellation of your previous residency visa etc.

Please note that in order to proceed with your in country change of status, you may be required to carry out an eye scan at the immigration office in Umm Al Quwain.

Once you have carried out your change of status you will NOT be able to exit the country until your residency visa process has been completed

Day 27 - Proceed to Al Baraha Hospital in Dubai for your Visa Medical and Emirates ID Card procedure Day 28 - Collect Medical Results at Al Baraha. NB: For Pakistani and Afghani nationals, you will need to collect your medical result in person. Prior to collecting your medical result, you will be required to take a vaccination for polio. Day 28 - Deliver the following to our CZ offices: Original Passport, Original Visa, Original Medical Results, Original Emirates ID Card receipt Day 33 - Passport is released by Immigration stamped with Residency Visa and a copy emailed to you. Day 34 - Passport available for collection at CZ offices

Please contact us for timelines and costs for urgent processing

Please Note:
  • The above timelines correlate to working days not calendar days.
  • Please add between 6 to 20 days if visa pre-approval is required.
  • The above timelines are collated based on the average processing times over the previous 3 months and hence are not exact and in reality may be shorter or longer.
  • Applications are submitted for processing and indicated timelines commence upon realization of payment.
  • The cut-off time for documents to be submitted/received, and payments to be received/realized is 1pm, anything received after this time will be considered towards the following working day.
  • As all visa applications have to be submitted to the Free Zone and Immigration with the original forms signed by the applicant, hence all visa applications submitted to Unique Services Hub at any time will always be considered towards the following working day.
  • During periods in and around Ramadan, days of mourning, Eid and other National and Religious Holidays the indicated timelines are likely to become subject to delays.
  • Any overstay fines will have to be paid prior to your entry visa being issued. Furthermore at the time of paying your overstay fines, you will incur an admin fee of AED 250.
  • For Pakistani and Afghani nationals, you will need to collect your Medical Result in Person. Prior to collecting your Medical Result, you will be required to take a Vaccination for Polio.
  • The Visa process for certain nationalities considered marginal may take longer than the indicated timelines.
  • Should you be outside the country when the visa is issued, and are not from one of the 48 countries that are granted a visa on arrival, and are entering the UAE on your new entry visa, which will constitute your change of status, please be sure to contact your airline prior to travelling, as many airlines will need to see a copy of your entry visa prior to travel in order to verify the same and then upload a copy of the visa onto their system, and provide you with an ‘OK to Board’. The same would apply if you are inside the country when the visa is issued, and plan to exit the country with your visa in hand, and then re-enter the UAE by air.
  • If you are a national of one of the Schengen countries (France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain etc - please contact us for a full list of the same) you will be granted a 90 day visa on arrival to the UAE which is not extendable. Please note however that once you exit the UAE, you will need to stay out of the country for a period of 90 days before you can re-enter on another visa on arrival.
  • Furthermore when you are entering the country on your new entry visa, please ensure you carry out your eye scan at the airport on arrival, and ensure the immigration official stamps the entry visa as well as your passport. Do NOT enter on your egate card.
  • Change of status (in/out stamp) would need to be carried out prior to proceeding for your Emirates ID Card and medical examination
  • If you have lost/surrendered your Emirates ID and don't have a copy of both sides, kindly submit a copy of your passport with the previous visa and 1 passport sized photo to an authorized Emirates ID Authority Typing Centre. They will then forward the same to the Emirates ID Authority with a request to obtain your previous Emirates ID Card number which will be required in order to type the Emirates ID Card renewal application. The response time for obtaining the previous Emirates ID Card number from the Emirates ID Authority normally takes less than 1 business day.
  • Please note that we are legally obliged to keep the applicant notified of all steps and progress reports concerning their visa process and release the visa and passport directly to them unless they instruct us otherwise. We will not be able to release the passport or visa to anyone else, including the company owner/s, unless expressly directed to do so by the applicant.

NOC Letters/ Certificates

Communication With Banks
Certificate of Incorporating External Business
Police Report
Passport Loss Certificate
Letter To Embassy/Consulate
Letter to Etisalat
Salary Certificate
Letter to Traffic Department
Share Certificate Free Zone Establishment
Certificate of Shares Free Zone Establishment
Customs Code Certificate

Important Information

  • All procedures, timelines and costs are valid at the time of printing, however may become subject to change without notice.
  • Company documentation (Trade Licenses etc.) are issued from UAQ FTZ and Visas are issued from Umm Al Quwain Immigration. Please note the registered address for your new company will be in Umm Al Quwain, as per what will appear on your Trade License and what will feature on your company stamp and furthermore should be used on all official company correspondence i.e. contracts, invoices etc.
  • Any payments received by USH International towards any product or service are non-refundable unless agreed otherwise. This condition is valid even if the payment received isn't for the full amount of the service or product subscribed for and/or the customer has yet to provide USH International with all the correct documentary requirements for said product or service.
  • Please note the prices quoted in this proposal are specific to the products and services mentioned, they do not include any ancillary services i.e. driving license transfers, liquor license, dependents visas etc. - please contact us if you would like pricing and procedures for the same.
  • Business Center services are provided by the Business Center under their Department of Economic Development (DED) License. These services aren't provided directly by USH International
  • With regard to your dedicated phone number with the Business Centre, please note that a call forwarding charge is applicable e.g. when they receive a call on your dedicated phone number and forward the call to your mobile.
  • Printing and photocopying at the Business Centre is also chargeable.
  • Furthermore should you wish to use the 'honesty bar' at the Business Centre you will need to lodge a credit card with them as security, and settle your bill daily. Please note only hot beverages are complimentary i.e. tea and coffee everything else is chargeable.
  • With regard to meeting rooms hours and days at the internet café, no partial bookings are accepted, i.e. a half hour meeting room booking will be viewed as 1 hour, and similarly if you use the internet café for 2 hours it will be viewed as 1 day. Furthermore if for example 2 of you are using the internet café on the same day and occupying 2 desks, that will count as 2 days usage. Furthermore desk space cannot be shared; you can only have 1 person occupying 1 desk. If you would like additional meeting room hours and/or internet café days you may approach the Business Centre and pay them the applicable rates directly. Also please note that desk usage at the internet café is on a first come first serve basis, and meeting rooms need to be booked in advance and are subject to availability. Unused meeting room hours or Internet café days cannot be rolled over to the following month.
  • Any regular mail received will be kept for 60 calendar days and will be discarded thereafter if not collected. Any parcels received will carry a handling fee of AED 100 per item in addition to any applicable customs fees; parcels will be discarded after 21 calendar days if not collected.
  • The PO Box details that appear on your trade license can NOT be used to receive any mail or packages in your name or in the name of any of your employees or in the name of your company; any mail or packages sent to this PO Box will be destroyed.
  • In order to secure a utility bill in your personal name you will need to lease residential premises in the UAE, and in order to secure a utility bill in your company name you will need to lease physical permanent office space in the Free Zone.
  • Companies registered with UAQ FTZ are permitted to carry out their business activities within the Free Zone or outside the UAE. Should the company wish to conduct business activities within the UAE, they should either establish a local branch office or transact through a local commercial agent or local distributor.
  • If the UAQ FTZ Company is to be owned by a British Virgin Islands (BVI) Company or a branch of a BVI Company, the BVI Company documents will need to be attested by the UAE Embassy in the UK followed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE.
  • The USH International package (Support Services and company registration) is valid for one year starting from the commencement date on the Trade License and both must be renewed annually.
  • Please note that you will not be able to secure an independent physical PO Box in Dubai with Empost for your Company.
  • Should you subscribe to a PO Box with Empost for your company, pleased be informed that you will not be able to cancel the PO Box unless you also close down your company.
  • With regard to the access to our banking contacts, USH International will simply provide a list of banking contacts, after which the onus is on the client to contact the banking representative directly and organize a meeting at a time and venue of the client and banking representative's choosing. USH International aren't involved beyond providing the list of banking contacts, furthermore USH International do not provide any assurances that the company bank account will be successfully opened or how long it will take for the bank account to be opened, the onus is on the client to liaise with the banking representative and satisfy the requirements and protocols of the bank in order to successfully open and maintain their company bank account. Please note that the client is not obliged to open their company bank account through our banking contacts, and is free to utilize their own banking accounts at any bank of their choosing.
  • If any of the Shareholders and/or Directors cannot personally be present in the UAE to open the company Bank Account, an attested Board Resolution and/or Power of Attorney from all of the absent Shareholders and/or Directors will need to be submitted in order to complete the bank account opening procedure. Please contact us for drafts and further details on the same.
  • In order to keep your company bank account active, you will need to visit your bank annually with your original renewed trade License and present it to the bank for sighting, this must be carried out on or before the expiry date of your current Trade License.
  • All company related documentation must be signed using a blue pen and submitted to USH International in original. No scanned/photo copies will be accepted
  • You will not be able to start your company, or apply for your immigration card or your visa in UAQ FTZ, if you are overstaying in the country either on a visit visa or expired visa or after your previous residency visa has been cancelled.
  • An original authorization letter should be submitted in favour of a USH International PRO at the time of incorporation in order to represent you for setting up your newly established company at UAQ FTZ, authorise him/her to receive the company incorporation documents, visas and passports.
  • The minimum salary required to sponsor dependents in Umm Al Quwain is AED 3000.
  • The original trade license will be required to be submitted to the Free Zone at the time of renewal.
  • To be eligible to apply for an investor visa you need to hold a minimum of 75 shares in the company.
  • The Free Zone does not issue a labor card
  • With regard to the company setup via USH International, the client is obliged to maintain USH International as their agent for the lifetime the company remains in existence, and are not permitted to transact their company license renewal or any other process pertaining to their company individually or via another agent or via the Free Zone at any time unless otherwise agreed by USH International
  • Should you fail to renew your trade license at least 45 days prior to its expiry, all services from the Free Zone will be suspended i.e. you will not be able to apply for any visas or NOC's etc until you carry out the renewal.
  • Should payment for the renewal of the USH International package (Support Services and Company Registration) not be made by the expiry date of the company Trade License, all services will be discontinued including any telephone number you have subscribed for. Any reconnection of the telephone number once it has been disconnected which will become subject to a charge of AED 350. Furthermore you will be charged a penalty of AED 100 per day after the date of expiry until you either renew the USH International package or complete the closing/cancellation procedure, you will also be liable to pay any applicable government fees i.e. closing/cancelling fees and late fees for closing/cancelling after the expiry date of the license, or late fees for renewing your license after the expiry date of the license as well as any license amendment fees if the Licensing Authority has re-allocated your office space due to renewal of the license after the expiry date.
  • You will be required to settle upfront in full any pending instalments at the time of cancellation of your license. Furthermore you will need to pay AED 5,000 to cancel the Trade license and up to AED 2,000 to cancel each employment visa and related dependent visas under the company. Please note the above is applicable providing all cancellations take place during the Trade License validity period - should any of the above take place after the Trade License has expired, late fees will also be incurred. You will also need to return to USH International all your original company formation documents even if they are expired, so please don't destroy or misplace any of these documents as otherwise you will need to submit a police report and pay an additional AED 2,000 at the time of cancellation.
  • A license should not be cancelled if it still holds corporate bank accounts in the UAE and abroad, as well as if the company has outstanding loans, creditors, and it holds assets in the UAE and abroad.
  • You will not be able to simply let your Trade License or visas lapse, you will be required to cancel the company license and cancel the visas under the company as well as cancel any related dependent visas.
  • In addition to the relevant late renewal penalties imposed by the Free Zone, the cancellation fees also apply to expired licenses.
  • The company Immigration Card needs to also be renewed annually; should the company Immigration Card not be renewed, a penalty of AED 1500 will be applicable for the first month after expiry and AED 200 per subsequent month.
  • You will need to cancel all dependent visas before you will be allowed to cancel your own visa.
  • The company immigration card needs to also be renewed annually; should the company immigration card not be renewed, a penalty of AED 1,500 will be applicable for the first month after expiry and AED 200 for every subsequent month.
  • If you would like to amend your Trade License i.e. to add or remove shareholders the amendment fee is AED 5,500. Furthermore all shareholders (Buyer & Seller) are required to visit FTZ to sign the amendment documents in presence of the free zone official.
  • If you have opted to take the multiple license option, you will be charged the same amount for the additional license in subsequent years as you paid in Year 1.
  • If you have opted for a Premium office Facility and need to apply for visas under the company, you will need to ensure that the office is furnished to the level of a functional and operational office in order to satisfy Immigration when they visit the office to carry out an inspection. Please contact us for further details on the same.
  • Visa applicants holding Sri Lankan, Ethiopian, and Indonesian passports will need to carry out a medical in their home country and have the results attested by the UAE Consulate in their home country as well prior to applying for their visa.
  • License pre-approval can take up to 30 working days or more depending on the nationality and place of birth of the applicant and is valid for 10 working days once granted.
  • Visa transfers aren't permitted, even if it's from another Free Zone.
  • In order to maintain your UAE residency, you will need to enter the country at least once every 180 calendar days.
  • Your residency visa and those of your employees and dependents are valid for 2 years and Investors are valid for 3 years, please note that you will not be sent any reminder from USH International prior to the expiry of the residency visas, you will need to contact USH International yourselves at least 30 working days before the residency visas expire to commence the renewal process.
  • To enter the port or free zone area you will need a free zone entry permit and in order to obtain this you will need to have a visa under the company
  • Visas will not be able to be cancelled unless all traffic fines have been paid.
  • Shareholders above the age of 60 are required to take an "Investor" position on their visa.
  • In order to be a shareholder and/or Manager and/or employee for an UAQ, you will need to be over the age of 21.
  • If any of the shareholders or the manager is an Emirati National, we will need a copy of their 'Jinsiya' and their Emirates ID Card.
  • When sponsoring dependents, the documents provided to immigration i.e. birth certificates and marriage certificates will need to be attested by the UAE Embassy in the country of residence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dubai and then legally translated to Arabic. Please contact us for further clarification on this procedure.
  • Women will be able to sponsor dependents (spouse, children, housemaid etc.) provided they can prove their eligibility to Umm Al Quwain immigration to sponsor the dependent.
  • Neither stepchildren nor adopted children nor children out of wedlock can be sponsored by the respective stepparent/adoptive/biological parent.
  • Hand-written NOC's will not be accepted; all NOC's should be typed.
  • If you are carrying more than 1 passport, please ensure you inform a USH International representative of the same. Furthermore please note that you will be unable to travel on your 2nd passport (the one not submitted towards your visa process) whilst your visa application is in process.
  • If your normal passport which holds your valid UAE residence visa has run out of pages and/or expired, you will not be permitted to enter UAE on a temporary passport. You will need to wait till your new normal passport has been issued and then travel carrying both your new passport as well as your previous passport which holds your valid UAE residence visa.
  • Once you completed your change of status you will NOT be able to travel outside of the UAE until your passport has been stamped with your residency visa.
  • If you have visited Kish, Queshm or Iran at any time within the last 6 months, you will have to wait 6 months from the date of your departure from Kish, Queshm or Iran before you can apply for your UAE residency visa.
  • If the application for your entry visa is rejected as a result of not clearing 'security approval', you will be ineligible to apply for and secure a tourist visa in the future. This does not apply to nationals of the 48 countries who are granted visas on arrival.
  • If you have overstayed on your current UAE visa (visit visa, visa on arrival or cancelled residence visa); you will need to exit the country in order for your new entry visa to be issued, your new entry visa will not be issued in country.
  • If you are a national of one of the Schengen countries (France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain etc - please contact us for a full list of the same) you will be granted a 90 day visa on arrival to the UAE which is not extendable. Please note however that once you exit the UAE, you will need to stay out of the country for a period of 90 days before you can re-enter on another visa on arrival.
  • Hand-written passports are not accepted; all passport copies submitted should be electronic/typed passports.
  • In order to be a shareholder or Manager of a company or apply for visas (both for the entry visa and when the passport is submitted for residency stamping) your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months. Furthermore you should hold a standard/normal passport, travel documents are not permitted nor are 'non-commercial' passports.
  • Please contact us for the requirements and a list of the permitted nationalities that are able to apply for visas as 'housemaids'.
  • Restrictions currently exist for passport holders from the following countries to obtain employment/investor visas on the company (they can however still obtain visas as spouses or children): Bangladesh, Iran (also to act as company shareholder) and Israel (also to act as a company shareholder).
  • In order to secure a customs code (import/export code), the Manager on the License must have a valid UAE residency visa.
  • If your place of birth is Algeria, Iran or Israel or any other restricted nationalities but carry a passport from a different country, you can apply for an employment/investor visa however will be subject to visa pre-approval.
  • If your place of birth and/or nationality on your passport is from any of the following countries you will be required to carry out a visa pre-approval: Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Kenya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Ethiopia, Egypt, Nigerian, Somalia, and Yemen. Please contact us for up to date information as the list can become subject to change without prior notice.
  • If your place of birth and/or nationality on your passport is from the following countries and if you do not have a UAE residence visa you will not be permitted to apply for the trade license: Turkey, Libya, Lebanon, Sudan, Kenya, Iran, Algeria, Yemen. Please contact us for up to date information as the list can become subject to change without prior notice.
  • 'Visa applicants who were formerly on Servant/Maid visa will have to provide an attested high school or degree certificate for the employment visa to be processed, approvals however are dependent on the Immigration department and there is a risk of rejection."
  • For Pakistani and Afghani nationals, you will need to collect your medical result in person. Prior to collecting your medical result, you will be required to take a vaccination for polio.
  • The timeframe as to the issuance of your Emirates ID Card is not something we have control over and cannot be expedited by us - it is at the discretion of the Emirates ID Authority. The current timeframe for the issuance of Emirates ID Cards is 10 to 15 working days after your residency visa has been issued.
  • Please note that if you have never held a previous driving license in the UAE, you will need to visit Umm Al Quwain to either transfer your overseas driving license (if applicable) or take your driving lessons and test.
  • The words 'Gas', 'Group', 'Capital', 'Medical' or 'Limited' are not permitted as part of the Company Name, nor are the names of Cities or Countries. Furthermore, numerical characters are also not permitted to be as part of the company name i.e. '1 FZE' is not allowed however 'One FZE' is allowed. In cases you would like to use initials in the company name 'ABC FZE' is not allowed however 'A.B.C. FZE' is allowed.
  • Whilst UAQ FTZ accommodate a wide range of business activities, similar to what is offered by Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED), however certain activities aren't permitted i.e. "Commercial Brokers", "Insurance Brokers" and "Tobacco Trading", please contact us for an up to date list as the list can become subject to change without notice.
  • For visa applications, male applicants should have a minimum age 21 and the female applicants should have a minimum age 30. The maximum age limit for both is 60 years old.

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