Jebel Ali Free Zone is one of the strongest business communities in the MENA region. It has boosted Dubai’s and, indeed, the UAE’s tremendous economic growth and development. JAFZA is one of the fastest expanding and largest free zones in the Middle East.
Jebel Ali Free Zone is the first ever free economic zone in the world to gain ISO certification (1996). It also received a first place award in the Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP) in 2004 as well as the Dubai Quality Award in 2005 and 2010.
JAFZA opened for business in 1985 with a modest 19 companies. It presently houses over 7,100 companies from over 100 countries, one hundred of which are Fortune 500 companies.
Clients benefit from JAFZA’s strong connections with well-known global and local service providers, suppliers, trade partners, and government departments.
JAFZA is located at Jebel Ali Port, the largest harbour in the world, which is connected to all ports worldwide. It can handle 15 million containers per year via 170 shipping routes. JAFZA’s strategic location enables it access to most of the markets globally. Exports from JAFZA account for over 50% of the total exports for the whole of Dubai. It’s imports account for over 30% of total imports to Dubai.
Dubai International Airport, the 6th busiest cargo airport in the world, can be reached in half an hour from Jebel Ali Free Zone, also nearby is the massive Al Maktoum cargo airport. JAFZA has a capacity to handle 2.7 million metric tons. It offers a single customs service that connects the two airports resulting in a seamless, hassle-free air cargo procedure. With a 6-lane modern highway, JAFZA can handle the transport of goods from port to cargo aircraft in 30 minutes.
Where is it located?
PO Box 17000,
Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE
Tel:+971 4 8813000
Fax +971 4 8815554
Describe the kind of businesses here?
- Plots of Land
- Customised Products
- Office Space
- Business Park
- Retail Outlets
- Employee Accommodation
What are the advantages of setting up business here?
- 100% client ownership
- 0% corporate tax for 50 years
- 100% repatriation of capital
- 0% import duties
- 0% re-export duties
- 0% income tax
- Zero currency restrictions
- Zero restrictions on employing overseas workforce
- Seamless logistical infrastructure offering the best air, sea, land and rail connections
- The only free zone in the world between one of the world’s largest airports and one of the worlds’ largest seaports
- Ability to obtain a mortgage on client’s premises built on leased plots
- Onsite Customs
- Professional team of people to support clients in set-up and operation of companies
- Fully integrated service – simple operating environment
- Low cost of amenities such as electricity
- Extensive range of customised products – specific operational facilities to support individual needs
- Flexible licenses and categories for business activities
- Attraction of top global companies and investors which facilitate business connections and enables unlimited business opportunities
What are the procedures for establishing a business here?
In order to set up a company in JAFZA and become a part of our ever-growing business community; 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 an FZCO)
- Application for Registration a Free Zone Establishment “FZE” (In case of establishing an FZE).
- A one-time non-refundable application fee of Dhs. 500
JAFZA Company Types
Jebel Ali free zone companies may be formed within JAFZA as the following types of business (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. An FZE formation can be with a single shareholder with a minimum capital of AED 1 million. An FZCO can be formed with 2 to 5 shareholders with a minimum capital of AED 500,000.
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.
JAFZA License Types
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 is designed for manufacturing companies with an ownership or shareholding of at least 51% with AGCC (Arabian Gulf Co-operation Council) 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 AGCC inside the UAE.
What is the cost of setting up business here?
Company Registration Fees
|Company Type||One-off fee AED|
|Free Zone Company (FZCo)||15,000|
|Free Zone Establishment (FZE)||10,000|
|Branch of a company||5,000|
- Memorandum of Association (MoA) and Article of Association
- AoA) attestation (minimum 3 copies): AED 200 each
- Specimen signature: AED 50 per person
- Board Resolution: AED 200
|Product||Size sqm||Yearly Rent sqm per year AED||Insurance per year AED|
|From 5,000 different sizes available||20 – 80 Depending on location|
|Warehouses and Light Industrial Units (LIU)|
|Warehouses 10 KVA & 74 KVA||669, 619, 601, 555, 313||350 – 600||300|
|Factory LIU 100 KVA||619, 601, 555, 543||450 – 700||300|
|Showrooms (JAFZA Business Plus)|
|Type A – showroom, warehouse, and office||891||600||1,400|
|Type B – showroom, warehouse, and office||772||600||1,400|
|Type A – showroom, warehouse, and office||423.72||1,000||1,000|
|Type A – showroom, warehouse, and office||348.34||600||400|
|Standard Office G+1||26.88||1,800||100/unit|
|JAFZA 14, 15, 16, 17||As required||1,900 – 2,000||4 sq/m|
|JAFZA View 18, 19||As required||2,100 – 2,500||4 sq/m|
|Business Park||23,000 – 30,000||100/unit|
|Food Court||1, 2, 3 As required||2,000 – 3,500||300|
|JAFZA view||As required||2,000 – 3,000||4 sq/m|
Note: Business Park – 1,400 – 8220 AED (monthly rent), Capacity per room: 2 – 8 people, Size per room in sqm: 15 to 46.
|License Type||Fee AED|
|Trading License (Type 1) – maximum 7 products from one group||5,500|
|Trading License (Type 2) – maximum 12 products from 2 groups||9,000|
|General Trading License||30,000|
|Service License (Branch of UAE company only)||8,000|
|Logistics License (Branch of UAE company only)||30,000|
|Industrial License – with 7 products||5,500|
|Industrial License – with 12 products||9,000|
Security Deposit, PHL (Public Healthy Levy) and other costs:
|Plot||2% of annual rent as PHL fees||Annually – up to AED 10,000|
|Warehouse & showroom||10% of annual rent as security deposit 2% of annual rent as PHL fees||One-off paymentAnnually – up to AED 10,000|
|Office space||10% of annual rent as security deposit||One-off payment|
|All facilities||Immigration card fees (CIC) – 480||Annually|
What is the distance from various landmarks to this location?
JAFZA to airport – 48.6 km
JAFZA to Downtown – 39.5 km