Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA)

Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority

The Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA) was established in 1985 and has since then become a home for some of the biggest businesses and companies in the UAE today. At the time of its launch, Jebel Ali free zone was home to only 19 Jebel Ali Free Zone companies. As of today, it is the operational base for more than 7,100 companies from over 100 countries and has opened nearly 135,000 jobs. More than 20% of the foreign investment and over 50% of total exports from Dubai are from the Jebel Ali free zone, which gets to show its immense importance as a dynamic business hub. As of today, the Jebel Ali free zone is valued at $69 billion in trades alone. 

Jebel Ali free trade zone is located at Jebel Ali Port, the largest harbor in the world that is connected to all ports worldwide. It has the capacity to accommodate more than 15 million containers per year via 170 shipping routes. The strategic location of Jebel Ali free zone directory means that it has access to most of the markets globally while Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum Cargo Airport are close by. Jebel Ali Free Zone offers a single customs service that connects these two airports, providing hassle-free air cargo process. If you are looking to start a new business venture in Dubai, then the Jebel Ali free zone may be suited to your needs. With WIS Business setup Consultancy, you get the best solution to develop your business in one of the most attractive free zones in the Middle East.

JAFZA’s vision:

JAFZA is determined to remain a powerful symbol that helps drive the development of Dubai, providing exciting and unlimited possibilities for industrial development, being the largest free zone in the MENA region.

The new developments at the Jebel Ali Free Zone and the surrounding region are designed to make JAFZA one of the most efficient sea-air hubs, completed with a 6-lane highway that will help keep goods custom-bound (helping to minimize processing time) as they are transported from port to cargo aircraft in just 20 minutes. Jebel Ali Free Zone is the world’s only free zone located between one of the world’s largest airports and a seaport. The Jebel Ali Free Zone has Jebel Ali Port, the world’s 7th largest container port on one side and the Al Maktoum International Airport, one of the world’s largest cargo airports on the other side.

JAFZA has been one of the main drivers of Dubai and the UAE’s phenomenal economic growth over the years. JAFZA has successfully been attracting “crème de la crème” in all business sectors from all over the world by sheer force of its unique value-added offerings and propositions.

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Jebel Ali free zone is one of the best business hubs to incorporate in the world, and with WIS Business setup Consultancy, you get to show a corporate structure that allow you to grow exponentially. At WIS Business setup Consultancy, we provide you with the consultancy, support, and guidance you to need to start business in Jebel Ali free zone, open personal and corporate bank accounts, obtain residence visa in UAE, and much more.

If you are not sure what type of activity you need to choose from the Jebel Ali free zone companies list, or want to know about other free zones in the UAE, we’re always here to help you along the way. Get in touch with us today to gain invaluable insight about Jebel Ali free zone company setup that becomes a strong foundation for a high potential business!

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JAFZA business facilities and benefits

  • Plots of land
  • Warehouses
  • Showrooms
  • Customized development solutions
  • Offices
  • Business Park
  • Retail outlets
  • On-site residence
  • It is difficult to get a Flexi-desk for Jebel Ali company setup due to low availability. If you are planning to start your business here, you have to consider an office space right away.


  • Onsite customs
  • No currency restrictions
  • 0% personal income tax
  • 0% personal and income tax
  • One of the top 10 free zones in the world
  • Land, warehousing, and office space available
  • Business-friendly environment and regulations
  • 100% foreign ownership with no capital repatriation restrictions
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    JAFZA Business setup License Types

    • Trading License:
      A JAFZA Trading License allows the holder to import, export, distribute and store items specified on the license. In addition to this, there is a JAFZA General Trading License which allows the holder access to a wider range of activities and a broader range of items on the license.
    • Industrial License:
      A JAFZA Industrial License allows the holder to import raw materials, carry out the manufacture of specified products and export the finished product. In addition, there is also the National Industrial License, issued for manufacturing companies with at least 51% Arabian Gulf Co-operation Council (AGCC) ownership. This license allows the holder the same status as a local or AGCC inside the UAE.
    • Service License:
      A JAZFA Service License allows the holder to carry out the services specified on the license within the JAFZA. A JAFZA Logistics License allows firms to engage in logistic services such as Cargo (sea, land, air), warehousing, storage, packing, transshipment, and distribution.
    • E-Commerce License:
      to carry out buying and selling of goods and services over electronic networks via any electronic means.
    • National Industrial License:
      to carry out manufacturing activities where at least 51% of the ownership is of national(s) of an AGCC country.
    • Innovation License: 
      To carry out the development of new products and services.
    • Offshore Registration:
      To establish an offshore company with limited liability.

    Required Documents for Company Formation in JAFZA

    Passport copy of manager/shareholder
    Project summary
    No Objection Certificate from local sponsor (if applicable)
    Application form
    Company name options
    Business activities

    FZE/FZCO Individuals:

    Business profile of shareholder(s)
    Board Resolution attested by JAFZA
    Specimen signature of manager attested by JAFZA

    FZE/FZCO Company:

    Certificate of Registration duly notarized and attested by UAE Embassy
    Memorandum of Association duly notarized and attested by UAE Embassy
    Article of Association duly notarized and attested by UAE Embassy
    Specimen signature of manager attested by JAFZA

      Branch Office (Outside UAE):

    Certificate of Registration duly notarized and attested by UAE Embassy
    Memorandum of Association duly notarized and attested by UAE Embassy
    Article of Association duly notarized and attested by UAE Embassy
    Board Resolution or Owner Declaration form duly notarized and attested by UAE Embassy 
    Specimen signature of manager attested by JAFZA

    Local Branch:

    UAE License copy
    Copy of Memorandum of Association
    Copy of Article of Association
    Copy of Chamber of Commerce certificate
    Letter from company to open branch in JAFZA
    Original Board Resolution specimen signature of manager attested by JAFZA

    * JAFZA reserves the right to obtain additional documents if required

    JAFZA Business setup License Costs

    The company set up in Jebel Ali Free Zone is quite reasonable compared to the other Free Zones.

    Jebel Ali free zone company registration starts from:

    1. 10,000 AED fee for the registration
    2. 5,500 AED license of type 1 (7 categories of products)
    3. 9,000 AED license of type 2 (12 categories of products)
    4. As you can see, JAFZA free zone license cost is reasonable, considering the big number of activities you can get in the license.
    5. It is a mandatory requirement to have an office space in this Free Zone. One of the smallest offices is 26.88 sqm, with an annual rent of 53,670 AED.

    The total company setup in JAFZA without resident visas will cost about 86,935 AED. Apart from the above-mentioned costs, it includes name approval fees, attestation of documents costs and establishment card as well.

    JAFZA Business BUSINESS License RENEWAL Costs

    In order to do company renewal, you need to pay:

    • License fees
    • Office (facility) fees
    • Establishment card costs
    • Renewal of Jebel Ali free zone license costs the same as JAFZA company registration.

    The company renewal can be done without visiting Jebel Ali free zone.
    You need to provide your company’s audit report at the time of company renewal. An audit can be done through any UAE licensed and accredited auditing company.
    The license can be renewed for three years for companies having a plot of land and sublease facilities.


    Most of the amendments of your JAFZA company can be processed without a personal visit to the free zone.
    Such amendments include:

    • change of name (personal and corporate)
    • business activity
    • change of manager/director, etc

    For the shares transfer procedure, you will be required to visit the free zone. Otherwise, it can be done by a person, holding a notarized Power of Attorney.