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Which companies can be part of SAIF Zone?
SAIF Zone is ideal for all types of businesses in the light and medium industry. The emphasis is not on size but on the type of business.
What special benefits are offered to companies wanting to set up their business in SAIF Zone?
The benefits of operating from SAIF Zone are tremendous. It allows 100% foreign ownership exemption for personal and corporate income tax with 25 year contract remedies for final rent. Licenses are issued on the same day and the ‘one window operatio
Are the facilities provided on buy or lease basis?
All facilities are on lease basis of 25 years renewable for further period. However the payment is made on a yearly basis.
Will the government or the Free Zone Authority provide finance for projects?
At present, neither the government nor SAIF Zone provides monetary support for investments. However there are over 40 international banks throughout Sharjah which will provide finance.
Can I be a partner in more than one company?
SAIF Zone does not levy any restriction on the number of businesses the investor can be involved in.
What is the infrastructure available?
World-class facilities are made available to the investor at SAIF Zone. It follows one window operation to maximize efficiency in terms of documents and issuance of licenses. Purpose pre built offices and warehouses, container parking space of different s
Is it possible to establish a branch office of my company in the city of Sharjah or other U.A.E. cities?
With exception to FZE and FZC, there are no restrictions to establish a branch outside SAIF Zone, but subject to the approval of local authorities.
Can I utilize my SAIF Zone License to operate from Sharjah or any other emirate?
The License issued from SAIF Zone is valid for operating your business only inside the free zone territory. You cannot use this license to set up a business in any of the other Emirates. Goods however may be sold to the other Emirates after payment of the
What is the minimum capital required to establish a company in the free zone?
If you are establishing a FZE or an FZC, the minimum capital requirement is AED 150,000/- or US $ 41,000, but there is no minimum capitrequir if you are setting up a branch of a foreign / local company..
Do I need a local partner to invest in SAIF Zone?
No, there are no restrictions on the Foreigner’s exclusive proprietorship.
Are there restrictions to employment of any nationality?
No, You may employ whoever you wish provided you adhere to the immigration procedures.
Is it possible to hire personal security service to guard my Office/Factory?
We provide 24 hours security service on the Zone. if you have any specific requirements you may contact the control room.
What is the maximum number of employees allowed?
This will depend on the nature / proposal / size of your Business.
Other than my labourers, is it possible to hire additional labourers should there be a requirement?
Yes, SAIF Zone provides laborers, office boys, technician on hire.
Do you have staff accommodation available in the Zone?
SAIF Zone provides accommodation for labourers only.
What are the communication services available in the Zone?
International and local Telephone Lines Services, Fax, Email, and Internet Services are available at competitive charges.
Does SAIF Zone provide transportation to commute to and from the city?
Yes, SAIF Zone has a shuttle bus service provided at nominal charges from the Zone to the city centre 5 times a day.
How long is my residence visa valid?
The residence visa issued from SAIF Zone is valid for 2 years, from the date of issue.
Are there any restrictions in bringing my family?
No, provided you follow the immigration procedures.
Are members of my family allowed to work?
Yes, they can apply for work if they are on residence visas, then they have to follow the UAE Rules and Regulations.
Can I convert my driving license?
Yes. Certain International driving licenses are acceptable in the UAE.
Is there any corporate/ income tax applied to the companies or to the individuals?
There is neither any income tax nor any corporate tax applicable or payable.
Can I reside in any of the U.A.E. Emirates while conducting business in The SAIF Zone?
Yes, you could stay in any of the emirates of the UAE, provided you have a valid residence visa.
Can I travel outside the country without any restrictions?
Yes, provided you have a valid visa.
How can the SAIF Zone assist in constructing my factory/ warehouse building?
SAIF Zone provides the list of contractors for constructing warehouse/factory.
Would SAIF Zone assist in purchase of furniture items for Offices/warehouses?
Yes, our Purchasing Department will assist in purchasing furniture at very competitive rates.
Are there any restrictions to importing and exporting of goods?
No, there are no restrictions to importing and exporting of goods as long as it is in accordance with your license. No duties are imposed on goods imported and/ or exported from within the Free Zone. (other than when goods are sold locally in the UAE mark
Can we sell our product in the local market (U.A.E.)?
Yes, subject to payment of relevant customs duties.
How easy is it to market/exhibit our products in the U.A.E.?
Other than advertisements, there are many international exhibitions held in Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other emirates throughout the year.
Do banks in the U.A.E. allow companies or individuals to open bank accounts in the US Dollar ?
Yes, as well as other major international currencies.
Can I transfer my money outside the country freely?
Yes. The authorities impose no restrictions on the movement of capital or Profits.
What is the electricity system of Sharjah?
H.T. 33 kv or 11 kv, L.V. 415 V - 3 Phase, 230 V - 1 Phase. Frequency 50 Hz (cycles per second)
What are the customs procedures of Sharjah?
Please refer customs section in this Guide or visit Sharjah customs
How do we get more information about Sharjah?
Please visit the following websites.
What are the fields covered by the Environment Impact Assessment Form (EIA)?
Definition of proposed activity, measures to be taken for on-site and off- site locations to order to mitigate harmful effects on the environment. (we process your data immediately and approve it if it meets our environmental standards).
What type of industrial activities are allowed in the SAIF Zone keeping the safety of the environment in mind?
All types of industrial activities are allowed with the exception of leather and tanning industries, manufacturing and packing of all types of pesticides and battery factories. manufacturing& packing of all types of materials leads to Ozone Layer depletio
Can we have licenses for pharmaceutical plants?
Yes, according to the Environment & Health standards.
Do you maintain International Environment & Health standards?
SAIF Zone has already implemented the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) standards, in addition to safety measures against environment pollutants such as air, noise etc.
Can chemical dyes be imported?
Natural and synthetic dyes can be imported. However, we do not allow importing chemical compounds and dyes that contain Radioactive substances.
What is the strategy of the SAIF Zone for waste management?
1. Disposal and elimination of all waste must be done safely and stored in special places.
If a chemical compound expires, what are the measures to be taken?
Environment & Health Dept. must be notified immediately along with Material Safety Data Sheet. SAIF Zone has an incinerator available for the disposal of such chemicals.
What are the procedures for implementing basic rules when dealing with manufacturing and packing foodstuff?
1. Analysis of the final product’s sample for any consignment sent to lab (under control of Environment & Health Dept).
Do you have any facility to dispose of trash/debris?
We have trash bins (skips) and small drums located at various points of our premises in which domestic and non hazardous waste are collected.
How can liquid waste be disposed of?
Liquid waste can be disposed of through septic tanks and soak away wells. However, pre-treatment unit may be required for special industries. Our tanker is capable of sucking liquid waste up-to a capacity of 5000 gallons.
What is the permissible limit for Air Pollutants?
Parameter Maximum Allowed Concentration
How could the spread of insects, rodents and termites be controlled?
We have trained personnel in insect control and spraying techniques. We also have Gloria Pumps and Insecticides. Termite is controlled during pre-construction or post-construction of buildings.
Are workers protected against direct contact with spraying agents?
Yes, they are attired with head cover, overalls, gloves, boots, masks etc.
Latest News and Events
Sheraa announces a partnership with SAIF Zone
Sheraa (Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center)- a launch pad for aspiring young entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates – announced a partnership with Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone) to support and empower its accelerator teams in their bid to create a successful commercial enterprise. Sheraa is located in the American University of Sharjah (AUS) campus.
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