Start your Business in the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ)
The Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone provides an attractive investment environment that encourages the set-up of businesses in the emirate by providing flexible and competitive options that meet all the requirements and diverse needs of investors. If you wish to invest in RAK FTZ, this section will provide you with all the necessary information, from licensing and legal entities to registration procedures and business facilities allocated for rent.
RAK FTZ Parks
RAK FTZ Parks are specifically designed to meet your business requirements:
- Business Park: For Business Offices
- Technological Park: for Light Industry Projects
- Industrial Park: for Heavy Industry Projects
- RAK FTZ Academy Zone: for Educational Organizations
Benefits of starting a business in the RAK Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ)
RAK FTZ, the ideal cost-effective investment destination
The Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority (RAK FTZ) was founded in 2000 and is one of the fastest growing Free Trade Zones in the region, with more than 8,000 companies from 100 countries. It represents more than 50 sectors, and is located less than an hour away from Dubai.
The RAK FTZ offers many business set-up advantages and benefits including:
- 100% income and corporate tax exemption
- 100% foreign ownership
- Simple and fast registration procedures
- Expedited procedures to issue UAE visas/residencies
- A wide variety of real estate facilities to meet individual start-up need
- The Mazeed Services Desk offers a wide range of business support facilities – to cater specifically to the unique business needs of a diversified clientele. Affordable, value-added services include advertising, printing, procurement support, logistics, insurance and much more.
- Being the UAE,the RAK FTZ also offers a strategic geographical location that is easily accessible to markets throughout Europe, North Africa, South and Central Asia and within the Middle East too
Facilities for Lease
RAK FTZ offers a variety of high-quality facilities to meet the special needs and requirements of your business.
- Flexi Desks / Offices
Shared and networked workstations (Flexi Desks) or offices (Flexi Offices), with services provided by RAK FTZ, make for first-class business centres that are the perfect cost-effective solution to set up a business. They are equipped with advanced IT/telecommunications infrastructure and are considered an ideal way to test the market, with an option to upgrade them to an Executive Office.
The RAK FTZ offers a wide variety of office space solutions to meet the requirements of your business. The offices include Standard and Executive furnished offices, featuring spaces and equipment that can be customised to match your personal needs and business activity requirements.
Warehouses are units of varied sizes suitable for storage of goods, light manufacturing and assembly. These are located in the Industrial Park and Technology Park, in close proximity to sea ports, international airports, the Customs Department and the Administrative Offices. The warehouses offer easy access to manpower for loading, unloading and cargo handling, and they are strategically located adjacent to highways, thus providing easy accessibility to Dubai, the other emirates and neighbouring GCC countries.
- Land for Development
Plots of land are available in different sizes and are designed for industrial, logistic and service industry purposes. They are located in the Industrial Park and Technology Park, in close proximity to sea ports, international airports and highways, thus providing excellent accessibility to Dubai, the other emirates and neighbouring GCC countries.
If you wish to set up a business at the RAK FTZ, you can register as one of the following four legal entities:
o Local Branch: A branch of a domestic firm residing in the UAE. The parent company should have existed for more than a year.
o Foreign Branch: A branch of a foreign firm residing outside the UAE. The parent company should have existed for more than a year.
• New Establishments
o Free Zone Establishment: A new business entity with a sole business owner.
o Free Zone Company: A new business entity owned by 2-5 partners.
- Commercial: The activities covered by this license are import, export, distribution or warehousing of goods.
- Services: This license covers all investment activities across various sectors.
- Industrial: The activities covered by this license are the import of raw materials, manufacturing, processing, assembling, packaging and export of finished products.
- Educational: This license allows educational institutions to establish training centres in addition to providing educational consultancy services.
The RAK FTZ provides everything you need to establish your company successfully in the UAE. Through its simple and fast procedures, you may choose your own legal entity, issue a business license and start conducting your business without any obstacles.
1. Choose your package
First, you need to choose the legal entity, the business license and the facility.
2. Submit the application form with the required documents
The RAK FTZ’s professional business set-up consultants will assist you with setting up your company – right from completing the application form up to submitting it, so as to ensure all requirements are met. The team prepares your documents and obtains all the required approvals. After obtaining the approval, you need to pay the necessary fees or request additional information.
3. Bank statement issuance
You will receive a bank statement and all the supporting documents that entitle you to open the company's bank account and deposit the required capital, post which you will receive a letter from the bank stating that the capital has been deposited.
4. License and legal documents issuance
Your Business License will be issued upon completion of the company registration, after which you can start your visa issuing process.
Note: At this stage, all legal documents must be signed by the shareholders or their representatives, in person.
* For more information, please visit RAK FTZ website.
Services and Visas
The RAK FTZ offers a variety of award-winning services, designed specifically to contribute to the success of your business.
As part of its services, the RAK FTZ provides visa sponsorship to licensed clients, so that they can legally stay in the country to start and expand their business. Through its simple and fast processes, the RAK FTZ issues visas from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs, with the possibility of Residence Visa renewal for business owners and managers, as well as their families and employees.
Local, Regional and International Offices
The RAK FTZ has promotion and business centres in three different locations in the UAE, in addition to international offices in Germany, Turkey and India.
RAK Free Trade Zone Authority – Ras Al Khaimah
P. O. Box: 10055, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.
Toll Free (UAE): 800 7111
Phone: +971 7 204 1111
Fax: + 971 7 207 7120
Promotion and Business Centers
RAK FTZ Business Park – RAK Business Centre
BC4 (Floor 8), RAK FTZ Business Park, Al Nakheel
P. O. Box: 17111, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.
Phone: +971 7 204 1188
Fax: +971 7 204 1010
Dubai Festival City – RAK FTZ Promotion Centre
Festival Tower, Office 1604, Floor 16, Festival City, Dubai, UAE.
Phone (General): +971 4 704 1888
Phone (Sales): +971 4 704 1821
Fax: +971 4 704 1800
Fairmont Hotel – RAK FTZ Promotion Centre
Fairmont Office Tower, Office 607, Floor 6, Dubai, UAE.
Phone: +971 4 704 1875
Fax: +971 4 704 1880
Abu Dhabi Mall – RAK FTZ Business Centre
West Tower, Floor 1, Abu Dhabi Mall
P. O. Box: 27471, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Phone: +971 2 699 4888
Fax: +971 2 699 4848
Atlanta, 209, No. 82, Floor 8, Nariman Point
Mumbai 400 021, India.
Phone: +91 22 2204 2223 / +91 22 2204 2224
Mobile: +91 900 475 2345
Fax: +91 22 2204 2221
Europe (Cologne, Germany)
Hansaring 1, 50670 Cologne, Germany.
Phone (Germany): +49 221 570 8650
Phone (France): +33 20 7256 4075
Phone (UK): +44 15603 6741
Fax: +49 221 5708 6529