Companies will now find it easier to transfer between
Dubai's free zones while employees may soon have a unified
The Dubai Free Zone Council (DFZ) has agreed to facilitate the
seamless transfer of companies and people among free zones in the
Emirate, providing the necessary financial and administrative
Companies wishing to relocate to a new free zone can now
transfer their complete registration and record to the new hub,
without having to cancel the outstanding registration and/or
liquidate the business. With over 20 free zones in Dubai,
this should increase competitiveness, not only as a significant
commercial advantage but also developing competition between the
free zones themselves and also with office space cost.
Meantime the unification of labour contracts for employees in
all of Dubai's free zones is on the cards, with DFZ Council
Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum directing Council
members to compile a sample contract for workers in these hubs.
This would increase efficiency with the immigration and
Ministry of Labour process with one recognisable contract, it
should also increase clarify for employees who move or change jobs.
The development follows the 1 January 2016 implementation of the
updated UAE Labour Law which noted that employment contracts should
be standardised to ensure employment terms are transparent and
understood by the employee.
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