Jebel Ali Free Zone

About Jebel Ali Free Zone

Established in 1985, Jebel Ali Free Zone is the oldest free zone in the middle east. JAFZA is a truly global business hub due to its strategic location next to the largest man-made port in the Middle East. It hosts thousands of businesses from over 100 countries. Among these businesses are numerous global fortune 500 companies as well as the headquarters of many regional and international companies. JAFZA is known for specializing in a range of commercial and trade activities. It offers foreign investors numerous benefits and accounts for almost 23.9% of Dubai’s foreign direct investment.

Why choose Jebel Ali Free Zone

Strategic location for trade activities. Next to Jebel Ali port and connected to 150 shipping lines and a few minutes away from Dubai Airport.

Companies in JAFZA can mortgage their own premises

0% customs duty on imports and re-exports

100% foreign ownership and repatriation of capital

Corporate and income tax exemptions

A range of property options and office solutions including retail outlets, warehouses, and plots of lands

Provides a range of business licenses

No currency restrictions and flexibility of transferring capital

No minimum share capital for LLC but only necessary capital required to carry out business activities

Types of licenses for Jebel Ali free zone company formation

Trading – Allows the import, export, and distribution of an extensive range of products

Services – Allows companies to conduct specified professional services

Industrial – Is required for the manufacturing and production of goods

JAFZA also offers special licenses for several activities such as

E-Commerce License – Required by companies that trade goods online

Innovation License – Required by businesses whose activities involve the development and invention of new products

National Industrial License – Is required by companies where UAE national own majority share capital

Offshore License – Issued to create an offshore company in JAFA

Types of business structures

Free Zone LLC 

  • Can have a single or multiple shareholders (2-50)
  • No minimum share capital needed 

Branch of local or foreign companies  

  • Branch of a local or foreign company 
  • 100% owned by the parent company 
  • Name and business activity the same as the parent company 

Offshore company 

  • 100% foreign ownership

Jebel Ali Free Zone company set up in 3 easy steps

At LegalWorks we will assist you in every step of the Jebel Ali Free Zone company formation process from the document collection for initial approval to payment of registration and license fees. We hope to make the entire process easy and straightforward for you.

1. Determine your business structure

The first step in Jebel AIi Free Zone company set up is determining business license and structure. Our team of specialists will take you step by step through the initial procedures of the incorporation process. JAFZA provides investors with a range of licenses and business structures to choose from. We will assist you in determining the type of license according to your business activity and the company structure best suited to your needs. The registration fee depends on the type of company being set up. A free zone company with two or more shareholders requires AED 15,000 registration fee, a free zone establishment with a single shareholder needs AED 10,000 and a branch company registration fee is AED 5000.

2. Submit your online application

Once the initial incorporation procedures are completed, then the license registration process can begin, and the required documents submitted. To obtain a license for JAFZA company set up businesses need to submit both application-related documents and legal documents. The required documents vary slightly with the type of company being formed. However, LegalWorks can help you in the collection and submission of the documents. A general list of documents includes Memorandum and Articles of Association, a comprehensive business plan, Emirates ID, and NOC from residency visa sponsor.

3. Payment and collection of license

Our team will assist you in the payment license fees. The cost is determined by the type of license. A trading license costs approximately AED 30,000 while a service and industrial license cost AED 8000 and AED 9000, respectively. Once the payment is processed, you will receive your license and can begin running your business

Post licensing

After receiving your license, you can begin the visa process and rent an office space for your newly formed company. JAFZA offers multiple office options to its companies. The types of working spaces include plots of land, warehouses and industrial units and are designed expressly to facilitate the business activities that JAFZA promotes. A standard office costs AED 2000 per sqm while a warehouse costs AED 350-600 per sqm. Our team can take you through all office options available and help you choose the right one for your company and number of employees.

Type of facility  Standard office  Showrooms Warehouse Land  Retail
size 26.00 sqm 700 sqm and above  300 sqm and above 5000 sqm and above varies 
cost  AED 2,000 / sqm AED 800 / sqm AED 800 / sqm AED 25 – 80 / sqm AED 2,500 – 3,500 / sqm

Cost of company set up in JAFZA

Team up with LegalWorks for Jebel Ali Free Zone company registration and experience the best the free zone has to offer.

Application fee  AED 500
Registration fee 

FZCo AED 15000

FZE AED 10,000

Branch AED 5000

General trading license  AED 30,000
Service license  AED 8000
Employment visa AED 4900 
Establishment card  AED 1890

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