Launched in 1985, Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) is the flagship operation of Dubai-based and state-owned ‘Economic Zones World’ (one of the world’s leading developers of economic zones, logistics and R&D-driven industrial parks), and offers Light Industrial Units (LIU) , offices, land and warehouses on a long-term lease. Spread across 48 km2, JAFZA is one of the world’s most customer-centric, service-driven free zones. Free from red tape and restrictions, JAFZA offers its customers a favorable platform for growth.


JAFZA is situated next to Jebel Ali Port, which is the world’s largest man-made port in the Middle East. It is also the 6th largest container port, served by 150 shipping lines offering 90 weekly services. In addition, Jebel Ali Free Zone is a 30-minute drive away from the Dubai International Airport, linking it to over 200 global destinations. Moreover, it is well-connected through road network and is just 35 km south-west of Dubai city. This makes JAFZA the fastest possible access to a market of over 2 billion people in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Africa and the South and West Asia, making Jebel Ali Free Zone an outstanding choice for all types of businesses.
JAFZA has established itself as an internationally renowned commercial and industrial hub, attracting thousands of investors from the Middle East region, the Indian Sub-continent, America, Europe, Africa and other nations, owing to its unique value-added propositions.

Key Benefits of Setting Up a Business in JAFZA

No restrictions on currency

One of the top 10 free zones in the world

100% foreign ownership

0% personal income tax

0% customs duties on import and/or re-export

0% customs duties on import and/or re-export

No restriction on hiring foreign employees

Access to abundant energy

Availability of fully built factories, convention centers, warehouses, on-site residential complexes and pre-fitted offices

Excellent infrastructure, support and communication services

Land, warehousing, and office space available

Business friendly environment and regulations

The largest harbor in the world

Capacity to accommodate more than 15 million containers

Jebel Ali Free Zone offers a single customs service that connects two Dubai airports

Types of Legal Entities Allowed in JAFZA

An individual or a corporate entity can set up a company in Jebel Ali Free Zone in any of the following ways:

Free Zone Establishment (FZE) [entity with one shareholder]

Free Zone Company (FZC/FZCO) [entity with 2 to 5 shareholders]

Branch of a Foreign Company

Branch of a Local Company

Types of Licenses Provided in JAFZA

Industrial License

The license allows the licensee to import raw materials, manufacture, process, assemble, package and export the finished products.

General Trading License

The license allows the licensee to import, distribute and store all items as per the JAFZA rules and regulations.

Service License

The license allows the licensee to carry out the services (such as accountancy, legal advisory and business consultancy) stated in the license within the free zone. The type of service must abide to the parent company’s license, issued by the Economic Department or Municipality of the relevant Emirate in the UAE.

Trading License

The license allows the licensee to import raw materials, export, distribute and store items specified in the license to any country.

Steps to Set Up a Business in JAFZA

Fill in the application form

After approval, the authorities will issue an initial approval for the business

Choose a ready-fitted office space from the JAFZA selection

After the office is confirmed, the lease documents are prepared

After the office selection process is done, legal documents for business registration should be prepared

Submit the legal documents to the free zone authority

The license is usually issued within 2-4 weeks

Start the process of bank account opening

Documents Needed to Set Up a Business in JAFZA:

Application form

Passports copy of each individual (shareholders, managers)

Bank reference for each individual

Copy of the business plan

Parent company profile (in case of branch formation)

Application for the registration of a free zone company (in case of establishing an FZCO)

Application for the registration a free zone establishment (in case of establishing an FZE)

A one-time non-refundable application fee of AED 500.00

Jebel Ali Free Zone presents an exciting networking atmosphere, business-friendly environment and excellent logistics matrices. JAFZA has some of the biggest names in the industry to boast of. Exxon Mobil, Proctor and Gamble, General Electric, Nestle, Rolls Royce, Toshiba, etc. are some of the companies operating in Jebel Ali Free Zone. Over 50 of the world’s top logistics businesses are based in JAFZA, creating enormous outsourcing opportunities. These companies inspire other entrepreneurs to set up a business in this Dubai free zone. Contact Prime Global now to get a detailed price estimation for setting up a business in JAFZA!

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