Dubai Auto Zone (DAZ) was established in 2000 with the purpose of exporting automotive products on the Asian and African markets with an increasing demand in this field. DAZ is a business market which attracts foreign direct investments due to an advantageous tax regime and state incentives offered to foreign investors opening a company here. Our Dubai lawyers can present to you the information you need to know about the business opportunities arising in DAZ and can provide legal support at the time of company formation.
Tax system and incentives in DAZ
The main authority in DAZ is Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, providing licenses and administrations services to companies set up here. In order to receive a license in DAZ, your company must have operations in the trading automotive field. Please note that the DAZ legislation prohibits trading of spare parts or parts of cars; our attorneys in Dubai can offer you more information about this provision.
The most important tax exemptions and incentives applied to companies in DAZ are the following:
- • no corporate tax (under certain condiitons), or personal income tax;
- • full foreign ownership in the company opened in DAZ;
- • full repatriation of profits and capital;
- • no restrictions on currencies;
- • you can hire foreign citizens, as there are no restrictions in this matter;
- • logistics and infrastructure adjusted to the needs and purpose of DAZ.
One time-consuming aspect of owning a business is accounting. The UAE does not require independent contractors to file too many accounting papers. This is also the case of the Dubai freelancer visa which comes with very few requirements in terms of financial statements to file and taxes to pay.
Here is a video presentation about how you can open a company in DAZ:
Legal entities in DAZ
One of the most popular ways for people from around the world to make the UAE their place of residence and business is through the Dubai investment visa. The program entered into effect in 2019 as a way to issue long-term residency visas. This is done to make it easier for foreign nationals to reside in Dubai while maintaining full ownership of their homes and without the need for national sponsors.
If you want to set up a company in DAZ, you can choose from the following legal entities:
- • free zone enterprise;
- • free zone company ;
- • branch of a foreign or local company;
- • joint venture.
According to the DAZ legislation, if you want to set up a free zone enterprise or a free zone company you should have a minimum share capital of AED 100,000; the shareholders of the company can be individuals or other companies. In order torun a business here, the license you receive during the incorporation process must be renewed on a yearly basis and you should know that a trading license in DAZ can be obtained in minimum 4 weeks.
If you need further information on the Dubai Auto Zone, please contact our law firm in Dubai, who can offer you legal representation on your business matters in Dubai.