NextGen FDI Partners

Free Zones

Who Can Apply
for NextGen FDI?

NextGen FDI is open to a broad range of companies across various industries.

However, organizations meeting the following criteria are best placed to benefit from the initiative:

  • Larger, established corporations looking for a regional presence
  • Digital-first companies
  • Global technology firms
  • Data science companies
  • Software, programming and coding companies
  • Digital asset entrepreneurs

Go NextGen with Creative Zone

Creative Zone can help you get started with the NextGen FDI program in just five simple steps:

  • 1

    Tell us about your business

    Our expert team will take the time to get to know your business.

    Once we have determined your eligibility and outlined your requirements, we can guide you through the next steps.

  • 2

    Choose the right jurisdiction

    While all jurisdictions offer a range of incredible benefits, the one that’s right for you will depend on many factors.

    The size, type and nature of your business will dictate where you should set up in the UAE.

  • 3

    Identify the best premises

    All NextGen FDI eligible companies must lease a premises in the UAE. Whether you need office space, warehousing, industrial facilities or more, Creative Zone will ensure you meet all your physical requirements.

  • 4

    Conclude company formation and lease agreement

    Once you have found the jurisdiction and premises that are right for you, you can make your license application and sign your lease agreement. You can also apply for any required visas at this stage.

  • 5

    Begin operations

    With your license and visas in hand, you are ready to trade.

    The entire process usually takes between one and three months.

Obtaining External

While some UAE jurisdictions are self-regulating, others will only issue your license.

If you set up in the latter, you will also need additional permits and approvals before you can trade.

Creative Zone will work with you to determine which approvals you require before guiding you through the process of obtaining them.

Our Network Is
Your Network

The support we can offer your business extends beyond Creative Zone.

We can also introduce you to key NextGen FDI stakeholders, from the Ministry of Economy and national banks, to free zones, FDI offices and more.

Our Team

Alistair Paine

Business Setup Manager

Romell Gumbs

Business Setup Advisor

Zak Hynes

Business Setup Advisor

Kiran Dodeja

Business Setup Advisor