Licenses and Activities


The following main licenses are available in most UAE free zones:

  • Trading License
    Allows trading activities (import/export, buying/selling of the commodities) that do not require special approvals.
  • Industrial License
    Is required for activities that include manufacturing, packaging, and processing of the goods.
  • Professional License
    Is reserved for professionals who can offer services like consultancy, training, etc.


The selection of a specific free zone in the UAE is based on the relevant activities that the chosen free zone provides. Based on your business requirements you can narrow down the selection. Most of the licenses issued in the free zone are related to the following types of activities:

  • General Trading
  • Educations, Sports, and Fitness
  • Tourism
  • Real Estate
  • Hospitality
  • Management Service
  • Contracting and Building Works
  • Electronics
  • Engineering Services
  • Facility Management
  • Investment
  • Information Technology
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