Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF-ZONE)
Welcome to the freedom of doing business your way
The Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF-ZONE) was set up in 1995 and is the premier business destination of the UAE. Situated in the Emirate of Sharjah, the industrial powerhouse of the UAE, the SAIF-Zone services over 2,900 companies from 91 countries.
Covering a wide cross section of industry, companies include some of the biggest names in the field of IT services, media, consumer durables, light to medium manufacturing and a host of other companies.
Strategically located at the cross roads of major trade routes linking the east and west, the SAIF-Zone is a business hub that offers access to more than 2 billion consumers across the GCC, CIS, Indian sub-continent, parts of Africa and the Mediterranean.
The ‘Sharjah Link’, a unique trade bridge, gives businesses an unmatched logistical advantage. Straddling the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean, this link makes the SAIF-Zone the ideal business hub to the Middle East.
SAIF-Zone is also conveniently located adjacent to the Sharjah International Airport, the largest air cargo hub in the Middle East and North Africa.
In its commitment to providing investors with the perfect conditions for business operation, the SAIF-Zone is constantly upgrading its value-added services, infrastructure facilities, technical and scientific expertise and the availability of ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities.
With its simple one window solution to all investor requirements, the SAIF-Zone offers fast and simple processing of relevant licenses within 24 hours, sponsorships and visas for all staff, and simplified customs procedure.
Legal services, international couriers, traffic and licensing offices, workshops, access to 50 international banks, restaurants and post office, transportation to and from the city are also available within the zone. Access to low-cost energy and labour, budget accommodation for on-site workforce, consultancy services and computer training, make it the perfect base for any type of business.
There are distinct advantages of doing business in Sharjah and the SAIF-Zone. With a trading history dating back to the early 18th century, Sharjah today accounts for more than 40% of all industrial activity in the UAE.
The Sharjah Ports and Free Zone, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and the Government of Sharjah are extremely pro-active and business savvy entities geared to provide all assistance to potential businessmen.
The cost of setting up a business in Sharjah is less than in any other emirate of the UAE, and the focus on industrialisation has in recent years turned Sharjah into a commercial centre registering an impressive annual growth rate of 12%.
In addition to tax-free operation and an absence of red-tape, the SAIF-Zone offers unbeatable trade incentives and unparalleled benefits to investors:
100% foreign ownership
100% repatriation of capital and profits
100% exemption from income and corporate taxes
License issued within 24 hours
On site labor accommodation
Sponsorship and visa’s for all staff
Access to over 2 billion customers Strategic location
24 hour hotline for equipment and provision of labour
Global and regional communications with excellent air, land and sea links
Back up services provided by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Sharjah Expo
Competitive structure of fee, property and management
24 X 7 Operations.
No restriction on hiring of 100% expatriate workers, and many more.
Economic wage structure and no restriction on hiring of 100% expatriate workers, and many more.
Acknowledged throughout the gulf region as the seat of learning and culture, Sharjah is blessed with a rich culture, colourful history and age-old traditions. Despite impressive and accelerated business growth there has been deliberate effort to preserve and restore historic monuments and sites.
Sharjah offers cost-effective living and world class educational options for the SAIF-Zone investor. A multinational education system at all levels is available to ensure all educational requirements for families are met.
Sharjah has a booming tourism industry attracting interested visitors from around the globe to enjoy its beautiful beaches, diverse restaurants, shopping and entertainment offerings, and international standard hotels.
These benefits and other initiatives have helped investors across the globe choose SAIF-Zone as their place to do business.
As the SAIF-Zone moves into the future it is committed to its mission of, “exceeding customer expectations and thrilling them at all times”.
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