UAE Free Zones
The UAE is home to many free zones. Unlike mainland companies, free zones are not subject to foreign ownership restrictions, and they generally receive ancillary and financial benefits.
The UAE currently has 45 free zones in operation. Each free zone focuses on one or more commercial categories and only offers licences to entities within those areas of expertise. An example is Dubai Media City, which exclusively focuses on creative and media companies.
Setting up an offshore company in a free zone in the UAE allows shareholders, directors and employees to gain residency visas.