Qeshm Trade-Industrial Free Zone
Qeshm Free Zone
Pardis crossroad-Emamgholikhan Blvd,-Qeshm Island
b) Tehran Office
No. 143- next to 29th St.-Khaled Eslambooli St.-Tehran
Phone & fax: 00982188771060 00982188771062 00982188771063
Introducing Touristic Facilities and Investment Opportunities of Qeshm Free Zone
1-Climate and Geography:
Covering some 1,491 square kilometers, Qeshm Island is situated at 56º 16 of eastern longitude and 26º 57 of eastern latitude. Qeshm Island is located in the south of Iran in the Persian Gulf and some 22 kilometers south of Bandarabas. Affected by the hot and tropical system and the monsoon blown from Saudi Arabia and Desert, the weather of the Island is warm and tropical and it is affected by the low pressure Mediterranean system. The precipitation is very low and the rainfall season starts from November and runs to February. The temperature is 26º C. on average, the weather is hot for 8 months of a year, the humidity is above 80%, and the Island enjoys cool and mild weather for four months.
2- Potential for Various Investments
The following potentials provide opportunities for the investment in Qeshm; existing infrastructures such as airports, Kaveh Wharf with the capacity for 100000 DWT bunkers to moor, enormous natural gas resources in the Island, existence of oil fields around the Island such as Hengam oil field, proximity to the Persian Gulf states, closeness to the mainland, existence of roads and highways, benefiting from facilities such as running water, electricity, communication systems, optical fiber covering most part of the Island, existence of industrial towns, touristic attractions, spectacular beaches and potentialities for natural tourism, and sufficient depth of water for bulk carriers to moor.
3- Tourism Opportunities:
Qeshm Free Zone enjoys great tourism opportunities including Qeshm world geo-park, pristine and magnificent beaches around the Island measuring more than 350 kilometers in length, natural and divine touristic attractions such as mangrove forests, Salt Cave, Dolphin Bay, Khoorbas Cave, numerous markets, and relatively low and reasonable costs which have created great opportunities for the tourists, both domestic and foreign, to reach the Island conveniently through the land, air, and sea.
4- Hotel and Transportation Infrastructures in Qeshm Free Zone:
Considering the high number of passengers and tourists arrivals to the Island, particularly in fall and winter, the existing hotels cannot meet the demands of the tourists; that is why, one of the top priorities of the Organization is supporting the private sector to encourage the private sector to invest in construction of hotels and recreational places such as sea sport centers. Currently, the number of beds hosting the guests is 4,500 a day which can be increased to 10,000 beds per day. To this end, building 3-star, 4-star, and 5-star hotels by the private sector is justifiable. The Island enjoys good positions in terms of transportation. More than 50 ships with the capacity of carrying 10 thousand passengers daily commute in the area. Furthermore, the urban transportation system and the taxis are in fairly good condition in the island.
5- Differences between Free Zones and Special Zones
Free zones and special zones have both been created with the growth and industry approach in mind, transferring and attracting foreign capitals, increasing exports, attracting domestic and foreign liquidity, reaching advanced technology, and transferring the technology; however, they differ in terms of some of their regulations. Generally-speaking, incentives for economic activities are more interesting in free zones. For instance, in free zones, the customs charges are zero or very low and economic actors are exempt from paying tax for 20 years but in special zones the tax discount is applied only according to the state domestic laws. In free zones, the total customs duty relief for the government share is considered for the export of goods while this case differs in special zones depending on specialized activity there. In free zones, the retail trade is possible for everyone, but in special zones it is only possible for foreign national to get engaged in retail trade. To enter free zones no visa is needed but this is not the case for special zones. Concerning insurance and employment of foreigners, lots of facilities are offered in the free zones but domestic national laws for foreigners are always applied in special zones.
In free zones, the import and export of the goods are done without unnecessary administrative formalities and performed conveniently. The import of the goods and raw materials used for production are exempt from tariffs. However, in special zones the customs duty exemption is applied but the exemption is offered up to the value added of produced goods and extra customs duties for value added of foreign goods must be paid. In general, the special economic facilities applied for the free zones in terms of being exempt from some domestic laws are not applied for special economic zones.
6- Tourists who Might Become Investors:
Unfortunately, in recent years, some environmental and external factors such as sanctions have adversely affected this beautiful Island and investments therein; particularly foreign investment has not been attracted so successfully. However, the sanction relief, improvement of situation, stability in exchange rate, and participation of foreign insurance companies and banks in the Island pave the way for investors especially foreign investors to invest there ever-increasingly. It goes without saying that some of these investors might be the tourists visiting the Island.
7- Plans for Attracting Tourists
Concerning tourist attraction plans, the followings measures are of great importance; improving accommodations for tourists, constructing new hotels, hotels, motels and residential camps by the private sectors or with the cooperation of the Organization, providing more welfare facilities and amenities, making greater efforts to introduce touristic attractions and sites of the Island some of which such as Mangrove Forests and Salt Cave are unique in the world.
8- Investment Incentives in the Industrial Section
The special and exceptional status of Qeshm Island in the south of the mainland and in the warm water of the Persian Gulf with the possibility of transferring raw material and freight from and to Iran in large volumes through the land way and transferring them from Pahl Wharf and also through the sea, being close to the Persian Gulf states, proximity to the big ports such as Shahid Rajaee Port, possibility of transferring oil and gas pipelines from the Island to the other Islands and the mainland and vice- versa have opened up great opportunities for investment in the Island. To this end, the plans and the incentives of the Organization are domestic incentives including legal facilities such as twenty-year tax exemption for the investors, freedom of foreign investment participation, vise-free entrance for foreign tourists and investors for 14 days, the possibility of allocating lands to initiatives as well as touristic and industrial projects by the Organization, procuring cheap raw materials in large volume, the possibility of re-exporting, and also support made by the Organization for investment in the industrial section.