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JAFZA (Jebel Ali Freezone Authority)

as the leading business hub of the Middle East, JAFZA focuses on long term customer relationships. It fosters alliances with global investors by providing them world class infrastructure supported with quality driven value added services and incentives, enabling them to capitalize on huge business opportunities in the region, in the most efficient way. JAFZA aspires to be the international business hub of the Middle East. Established in 1985, Jafza is spread over an area of 48 sq. kms and is home to over 6400 companies, including over 120 of the Fortune Global 500 enterprises, from across the world. It is a leading driver of the burgeoning UAE economy. With its impeccable track record, Jafza stands for innovation, customer centricity, transparent operations and entrepreneurial dynamism.

JAFZA is today one of the strongest brands in the region and stands for excellence, innovation and the power of partnership. It is the first free zone in the world to win ISO certification in 1996.

As one of the fastest growing free zones in the world, over the last four years, JAFZA has:
  • Grown its customer base by over 60%
  • Increased its revenue at an average of 34% year-on-year
  • Contributed to Dubai’s GDP at 25% on a year-to-year basis
  • Sustained more than 160,000 jobs in the UAE through its companies
  • Accounted for more than 50% of Dubai’s total exports. It also accounts for 25% of all container throughputs through the Jebel Ali Port and 12% of all air freight at Dubai International Airport.
  • Accounted for 20% of all FDI inflow into the UAE.


  • Offices
  • Standard Warehouse
  • Land
  • Build-to-suit Warehouses
  • Business Centre
  • Showrooms
  • On Site Residential
  • Hotels
  • Convention Centre
  • Retail

Company Incorporation in JAFZA

In order to set up a company; the following documents are required:
  • Application for Facility
  • Passports copy of each Individual (Share Holders and Managers)
  • Bank Reference for each individual
  • Project Summary
  • Parent Company's Profile (In case of Branch formation)
  • Application for Registration a Free Zone Company "FZCO" (In case of establishing a FZCO)
  • Application for Registration a Free Zone Establishment "FZE" (In case of establishing a FZE).
  • A one time non-refundable application fee of Dhs. 500
Legal Structure of JAFZA Companies
  • Free Zone Establishment (FZE) and Free Zone Company (FZCO): FZE and FZCO applicants can avail of Jafza's unique offer of forming a company as a separate legal entity. A FZE formation can be with a single shareholder and an FZCO can be formed with 2 to 5 shareholders.
  • Branch Company: Companies having valid registration and license outside Jafza can apply for the formation of a branch Company in Jafza.
  • Special Status Non-Resident Offshore Companies: Jafza, under Jebel Ali Free Zone Offshore Companies Regulations 2003, allows the formation of an offshore Company by individuals or corporate bodies, as a non-resident company, having a corporate legal entity.
Types Of Company Licences - Jafza issues various types of company licences
  • General Trading Licence - allows the holder to import, distribute and store all items as per Jafza rules and regulations.
  • Trading Licence - allows the holder to import, export, distribute and store items specified on the licence.
  • Industrial Licence - allows the holder to import raw materials, carry out the manufacture of specified products and export the finished product to any country.
  • Service Licence - allows the holder to carry out the services specified in the licence within the Free Zone. The type of service must conform to the parent company's licence, issued by the Economic Department or Municipality of the relevant Emirate in the UAE.
  • National Industrial Licence -  designed for manufacturing companies with an ownership or shareholding of at least 51% with nationals / citizens. The value added to the product in the Free Zone must amount to a minimum of 40%. This company licence allows the holder the same status as a local or CCASG inside the UAE.

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