Government Declares which Free Zones are Exempt from VAT

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The Cabinet has passed a decision on the Designated Free Zones for the purpose of the implementation of Value Added Tax.

The designated zones are special zones for VAT purposes, which are generally considered outside of the UAE in terms of value-added taxation. While VAT applies throughout the UAE, in the designated zones VAT generally does not apply. Only fenced free zones with special controls on goods and services going in and out could benefit from this status.

No. Designated Zone ( Abu Dhabi)
1 Free Trade Zone of Khalifa Port
2 Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone
3 Khalifa Industrial Zone
No. Designated Zone (Dubai)
1 Jebel Ali Free Zone (North-South)
2 Dubai Cars and Automotive Zone (DUCAMZ)
3 Dubai Textile City
4 Free Zone Area in Al Quoz
5 Free Zone Area in Al Qusais
6 Dubai Aviation City
7 Dubai Airport Free Zone
No. Designated Zones (Sharjah)
1 Hamriyah Free Zone
2 Sharjah Airport International Free Zone
No. Designated Zones (Ajman)
1 Ajman Free Zone
No. Designated Zones (Umm Al Quwain)
1 Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone in Ahmed Bin Rashid Port
2 Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone on Sheikh Monhammed Bin Zayed Road
No. Designated Zones (Ras Al Khaimah)
1 RAK Free Trade Zone
2 RAK Maritime City Free Zone
3 RAK Airport Free Zone
No.  Designated Zones (Fujairah)
1 Fujairah Free Zone
2 FOIZ (Fujairah Oil Industry Zone)