Zones exepmt from VAT, UAE


The UAE Cabinet of Ministers has allocated several special economic zones in the country, residents of which are exempt from VAT.

The Federal Tax Service published an official list of special economic zones on Wednesday according to Cabinet Decision No. 59 of 2017 “On Special Economic Zones” in the framework of Federal Law No. 8 of 2017 “On Value Added Tax (VAT)”.

The statement says that the UAE Cabinet has established a number of zones free of VAT when selling goods and providing services.

Below is a list of special economic zones operating in UAE.

Full list of special economic zones:


Dubai Cars and Automotive Zone, DUCAMZ
Dubai Textile City
Dubai Airport Free Zone
JAFZ, Jebel Ali Free Zone, North-South
Free Zone Area in Al Quoz
Free Zone in Al Qusais
Dubai Aviation City

Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Industrial Zone
Free Trade Zone of Khalifa Port
Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone


Sharjah Airport International Free Zone
Hamriyah Free Zone

Umm al-Quwain

Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone in Ahmed Bin Rashid Port
Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone on Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road


Ajman Free Zone


Fujairah Free Zone
Fujairah Oil Industry Zone, FOIZ

Ras Al Khaimah

RAK Free Trade Zone
RAK Airport Free Zone
RAK Maritime City Free Zone