Jebel Ali Free Zone

Setup Business in Jebel Ali Free Zone
Jebel Ali Free Zone

Over its 27 year history, Jafza has evolved into a dynamic trade catalyst ecosystem that enables business and creates new opportunities for growth. From a modest start in 1985 with just 19 companies, Jafza today flourishes as a business community with over 7,000 companies including 100 of the Global Fortune 500s. Jafza’s vision, in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, is to be the leading provider of sustainable industrial and logistics infrastructure solutions.

Jafza is one of the largest business communities in the region, with over 7,100 companies manufacturing, creating, trading and serving local and global markets. This vibrant community gives you advantages that cannot be found anywhere else, enabling you to hit the ground running, sourcing goods and services while selling yours. Jafza supports the advancement of every business in its community and facilitates your connections with others in your industry, focusing investment and time on the infrastructure needed to support individual segments. Jafza’s proven business model has been tested by over 100 of the Fortune 500 companies. These companies choose Jafza as their base and by joining their ranks, your company will have the opportunity to enhance your successes through engagement with your new neighbours.

Jafza is one of the most competitive locations to establish your business and see it growing.

Here your business will benefit from:

  • A customised platform for global connectivity

  • Connections with a network of business leaders with a history of success

  • An easy operating environment created around simplifying your operations

  • All within the dynamic Dubai market that supports enterprise development while offering one of the most desirable places to live


In order to establish a company within Jebel Ali Free Zone an investor(s) can choose one of the following formation types:

  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC): a separate legal entity, with shareholders as individuals and/or corporates. The minimum capital requirement for incorporation depends on the business activity.

  • Branch of Foreign or UAE Company: a legally dependent entity that is part of the parent company. It conducts all or some of the operations inherent in the parent’s business. Share capital is not required.


The type of license you require to operate in Jafza will depend upon the activity your business intends to engage in. There are three main categories of activity and licenses: Trading, Service and Industrial.

  • Trading: it allows the holder to import, export, distribute and store items specified on the license. In addition to this, there is a General Trading License which allows the holder access to a wider range of activities and a broader range of items on the license.

  • Service: it allows the holder to carry out the services specified on the license within the Free Zone.

  • Industrial: it 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.


Areas of Business:

  • Agricultural, Flowers and Plants

  • Aircraft and Train Trading

  • Amusement Equipment and Supplies Trading

  • Bags, Packaging Material and Paper Trading

  • Building Materials Trading

  • Chemicals Trading

  • Electronics and Electrical Group

  • Equipment and Machines

  • Fuel and Petroleum Products Trading

  • Jewellery Trading

  • Metal and its Products Trading

  • Motor Vehicles and Auto Spare Parts

  • Perfumery, Medicines, Beauty

  • Readymade Garments

  • Foodstuff and Beverages

  • Separate Trading Activities

  • Ships and Boats Trading

  • Spectacles and Contact Lenses Trading

  • Sports Equipment Trading

  • Stationery and Books Trading

  • Trade License and Video and Recordings

  • Tobacco and Smoking Accessories Trading

  • Waste Trading

  • Household and Furniture Trading

  • Exchange and Financial

  • Regional Liaison Office

  • Representative Office

  • Advertising

  • Transport, Shipping and Storage

  • Equipment, Engines, Machinery and Repairs

  • Light Aircraft Maintenance

  • Motor Vehicle Repairs

  • Repairing of Electrical and Electronic Appliances

  • Accounts, Banks, Finance and Credit Group

  • Building Maintenance, Surveillance and Cleaning Services

  • Car Registration and Transfer Services

  • Car Rental and Passenger Transport

  • Consultancy Re-engineering

  • Cleaning Services

  • Contracting and Building Works

  • Cooperation Societies

  • Document Destroying and Storage

  • Domestic Gas Station

  • Event Organizers

  • Exhibition Organizers

  • Facility Management

  • Finance Consultant

  • Foodstuffs Supply

  • Fuel Supply

  • Gas Station

  • Government Liaison Office

  • Halls and Exhibitions

  • Hospitals and Recovery Houses

  • Blocks and Building Stones

  • Cotton, Metal Nets and Rope Manufacturing

  • Garments, Rugs,Textiles and Products Manufacturing

  • Glass and Chinaware Manufacturing

  • Glass Industries

  • Handicraft Workshops

  • Light Aircraft manufacturing

  • Manufacture of Batteries

  • Manufacturing of Gold

  • Manufacture of Eyeglasses

  • Manufacture of Medicines

  • Manufacture of Motor Vehicles and Motor Cycles

  • Manufacture of Tyres and Rubber Products

  • Manufacturing of Bags, Shoes and Leather Products

  • Manufacturing of Tobacco and Cigarettes

  • Manufacturing of Wood, Wood Products and Furniture

  • Meat Processing

  • Paper and Paper Products

  • Petroleum and Metal Extraction

  • Petroleum Products and Chemicals

  • Pipes and Wire Manufacturing

  • Plastic Industries

  • Power Generation and Transmission

  • Electrical and Electronic Appliances

  • Ship Building

  • Structural Steel Manufacturing

  • Technical and Professional Workshops


Jebel Ali Free Zone Benefits:

  • 100% corporate tax exemption

  • 100% personal income tax exemption

  • 100% foreign company ownership

  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits

  • No import or re-export duties

  • No currency restrictions

  • No restriction on foreign talent or employees

  • Ability to mortgage your premises to a bank or financing company

  • Onsite Customs


For more information, please visit http://jafza.ae/

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