Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA)

Dubai Airport Free Zone

Dubai government started an initiative almost 20 years ago to start Free Trade Zones in the country to increase their market values and transform the economic structure. Dubai has amazing benefits for foreign investors and offering them reliable off-track inducements. That’s why DAFZA is the first choice of many foreign investors. Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA) is a place for more than 1600 registered companies from around the globe carrying out their tasks in the heart of UAE. DAFZA is a pioneering step taken in 1996 by the government of UAE to change industrial control and to create an investment-driven economy for everyone. Not only these there are many Free Zone Authority in Dubai like Dubai Academic City, Dubai Creative Clusters Authority, Dubai Biotechnology, and Research Park, and much more. Located next to Dubai International airport, DAFZA is one of the fastest-growing Free Zones in Dubai with many shares worldwide.

In recent years, Free Zones have been a major benefit to the growth of many businesses and shareholders. This creates an amazing market sense and creates a benchmark with the UAE government. As a result of this, Dubai achieved its value in the international community for business persons to start their offshore firms here. Apart from all this, there are so many benefits like complete ownership, less taxation, and the least constraints. Dubai Free Zone Authority handles all the business registration and licensing process. In terms of geography, Dubai Free Zone acts as a bridge between African Markets, Europe, Some parts of Asia, and the Middle East.

business setup in DAFZA

Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority – FACILITIES

DAFZA has airport services that allow transport directly to 240 locations around the world.

As for the office facilities, DAFZA offers the following:

  • Flexi-desk spaces
  • Executive offices
  • Storage areas
  • Warehouses

All low-cost packages include smart desks that will allocate 1 – 2 visas per license depending on the number of desks rented. If you are renting an office, you will be getting 1 visa slot per every 8 sq meters of the area.

Office rental fees may seem higher than in Dubai Mainland, however, the fees include utilities. The offices are fully fitted and ready to move in. One parking space is included too.


To start a business in DAFZA, the first step is to state your nature of the business and require you to have a proper license from the government. There are 4 different licenses available in DAFZA to start your operation in Dubai.


Trade License

Allows the holder to carry out trading activities including import, export, re-export, distribution, and storage of specific products.

Service License

A service license is geared towards service-oriented businesses and enables an entity to provide services specified in the license.

Industrial License

An industrial license entitles the holder to carry out light manufacturing industrial activities, packaging, and assembling.

General Trading License

A General Trading license allows the holder to trade in general activities including import, export, re-export, store, and distribute.

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Advantages of DAFZA

Advantages of Business Setup in DAFZA

Each Free zone company in Dubai and other emirates has its own business advantages over the others. Here are some advantages that are perfect for any business to consider DAFZA as their first free zone choice.

  • Freedom of transferring Capital and profits
  • Dedicated Logistics Centre
  • Extensive Cargo facilities
  • Complete Corporate tax exception
  • High-quality infrastructure for Companies
  • Complete personal income tax exception
  • Complete foreign company ownership
  • Excellent location adjacent to International Airport
  • Companies can operate 24/7
  • Government facilities like customs and immigration
  • Easy access to more than 220 countries
  • Great Airline support


To start a business in DAFZA, the first step is to state your nature of the business and require you to have a proper license from the government. There are 4 different licenses available in DAFZA to start your operation in Dubai.

  1. Service License

A service license is used to enable the entity to provide services in a specified region. It is usually meant for service-oriented businesses.

  1. Trade License

Trade license includes import, export, distribution, and storage of a specified product. A business trade license is compulsory for every business entity in Dubai.

  1. Industrial License

An industrial license is used for the manufacturing of a specified product. This includes industrial activities, assembling, and packaging.

  1. General Trading License

A company can apply for General Trading License if they wish to export, import, or trade goods or products such as electronics, furniture, clothes, etc. This license is normally used when a company wants to trade in more than 2 products.

  1. E-Commerce License

Allow the holder to carry out trading of goods and services over an electronic network using electronic means

  1. Dual License with DED

Allows Businesses that register to operate within the Dubai Airport Free zone to also be licensed to operate onshore in the emirate with a Dubai Economic Department License. Note that obtaining this license requires consultation with our sales executives to facilitate the selection of the right category.


  • The Strategic Location situated next to Dubai International Airport with World-class infrastructure provides clients an upper hand to perform business activities effectively and efficiently.
  • 24/7 customs services and rapid cargo clearance
  • Dedicated logistics center
  • 100% corporate tax exemption
  • 100% personal income tax exemption
  • 100% import and export tax exemption
  • 100% of foreign enterprise ownership
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • No currency restrictions
  • It is one of the designated zones
  • Strategic location in the heart of Emirate, Dubai- Just next to the airport
  • world-class facilities like pristine high tech offices, access to local markets, prime accommodations, conference rooms, etc.
  • Easy administrative services-Single window
  • state of the art infrastructure
  • 24/7 custom services
  • Rapid cargo services
  • Dedicated logistics partner
  • Round the clock services


  • Investment
  • Insurance
  • Aircraft and Spacecraft
  • Petrol/Crude Petrol, Oil & Natural Gas
  • Legal Services
  • Business and management consultancy services
  • Architectural and engineering activities and related technical consultancy
  • Transport, Shipping, and Storage
  • Travel Agent
  • Motor Vehicles & Auto Spare Parts
  • Metals & Metal Ores
  • Building Materials
  • Chemical
  • Waste Trading
  • Equipment & Machines

The list is extensive and is important in zeroing down on the business activity. Seek the assistance of an international business consultant who has helped hundreds of business owners identify suitable business activity and set up business in Dubai Airport Free Zone.


The Dubai government has sorted out many complex things in a user-friendly online procedure. DAFZA, on the other hand, has maintained a systematic process for company management and registration. The process is completely hassle-free and easy to understand. It requires only three basic steps that are described below.

1. Select Business Entity, Facility, and License available in DAFZA

The most common step is to first select your nature of the legal business entity. The next step is to select either you want a Branch Office or a Free Zone Establishment.

Once you have chosen the business entity, it is now time to select your business license which is according to your business operation.

After you have chosen your Business license, now it’s time to select the right facility for your business location. DAFZA provides a huge variety of co-working spaces, fitted office spaces, business offices, and light industrial units for your business operation.

2. Submit The Document

If you want to register a company in Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority then the following documents are required.

  • Letter of Intent
  • Your Company brochure(mother country if available)
  • Shareholders or Annual Financial report
  • Six months bank Statement (not required for new registration)
  • Copy of Manager passport and resume
  • Copy of Shareholders passport and resume
  • Bank reference letter for each shareholder
  • NOC by the current sponsor
  • Approval from third-party authority (required in some businesses)
  • After submitting all of these documents. It is important to note here that each Free Zone Authority in Dubai has its own terms of documents. All the documents mentioned here are for DAFZA only.

3.Collect Your Business License

The final step is to collect your Business License. Before starting

your business operation in DAFZA is to:

  • Sign the lease agreement
  • Payment of Fees
  • Collection of documents

Our Role in Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority

Our team at WIS Business Setup Consultancy has helped many potential clients to set up their business in many Dubai Free Zone Authority. We have potential experience in every nature of business in Dubai. Our team of business consultants can take care of your company banking operation, registration, license, facility, taxation, and VAT registration. Contact us and our team will gladly assist you in any nature of business in Dubai Free Zone and Mainland Authority.

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