Jabel Ali Free Zone

Jafza Dubai business Hub offers trading, manufacturing and service companies a unique opportunity to do business from the Eedia East with zero tax and unbeatable business incentives. Situated at the crossroads between East and West, Jafza is an ideal warehousing, distribution and industrial hub providing access to a market of over two billion demanding and affluent consumers. 

The Free Zone is built around the largest man-made port in the world, and over hundred square kilo meters. Pre-facilities for office space are available for lease, as are warehouses for storage distribution. and manufacturing. Plots of land are also available, and clients may construct purpose built facilities. Storage space in the cold and cool stores, open storage areas and ultra modern cargo handling equipment can be hired. 

Jafza currently has over 5,000 componies.140 are fortune-500 hundred companies. Jafza has started to execute an expansion project to increase the number of facilities for potential customers. 40 square kilo meters in the south area is being development at a cost of more then 2 billion. Selected industrial companies producing and exporting superior goods will occupy this zone. The new expansion is vital to accommodate clients waiting facilities and to boost trade, container and cargo operation creating a world class and the most efficient business hub. Jafza Dubai Port Authority (DPA) and Dubai Customs have merged into inextricably linked corporation called the ports, customers and Free Zone Corporation. They are led by a chairmen and share strong, symbiotic relationship. The Free Zone is built around the DPA’s jebel Ali terminal. Enabling customers to take full advantages of the ports ISO – certified container and general cargo operation. Specialized unloading facilities and purpose-built storage such as the cool and cold stores are also at the disposal of Free Zone companies. Jebel Ali terminal offers efficient cargo handling, and with rates among the lowest in the world. The logistic and economics of export are very good. DPA is entering a new and exciting area of expansion at Jebel Ali Port, when complete, the expansion of port will offer, extra three major terminals and total of 82 berths equipped with state of the art large cranes to effectively handle business growth at Dubai Ports. This will enable DPA to handle over 21 million TEU’s (20 feet equivalent nits). 


In Addition to a surrounding gulf corporation council countries- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain and Oman-The markets of the CLs, Indian sub continent, Africa Europe and the far East can also be reached very cost effectively from Jafza, via Jebel Ali Port. No media major market in the Middle East are more then 24 hours drive away. No major port in a region is more then 48 hours away by ship. Europe is 14 days away, Japan is 20 days away, and south east Asia is just 9 days away. 

Dubai International Airport and its air cargo terminal are just 30 minutes away by road. The new Jebel Ali International Airport, which is located adjacent to Jafza will provide the most efficient logistical Sea-Air link for Cargo. 

Jafza has been developed to attract businessman who are accustomed to certain levels of quality and efficiency. The zone is served by a modern, purpose–built infrastructure. Abundant low cost energy supplies make it extremely cost effective to run a business from there. Most importantly, clients wills appreciate the simple administrative procedures. Application for a new company wishing to locate to Jafza, Dubai business Hub, can be processed within two working days, and the client can choose to build on a vacant site, select from pre built units or lease high and medium rise building-what ever suit there needs. 

  • Supportive and on -site business environment including; bank customs, chamber of commerce, medical centre etc
  • World class multimode logistics hub
  • Staff accommodation
  • Customers service support; advice on business matching, delegation
  • Location advisor and desirable industrial sites. The largest and most diversified industrial and distribution zone
  • Accessible market proximity and fast flow of goods with access to DPA services
  • Drivers business community profile
  • Market access to over 2 billion consumers
  • Owned premises on electronic portal for acquiring service
  • Leasing facilities (Office, Light industrial unit, Warehouse, land)
  • Strong partnership with government and business leaders dedicated to a business success

Unique staff accommodation and community housing: Jafza staff accommodation has been specially designed to create a peaceful and attractive environment for multi nation staff, with a wide range of amenities and facilities. Abundant energy supplies, including industrial waste and water, make it extremely cost-effective to run almost any type of business from Jafza. High quality pre-built facilities that can be modified to suit individual requirements. Plots of land are available for lease on which companies can construct their own facilities. 


Any activity may function in Jafza after the approval of the Environment, Health , Safety, and Security Department (EHSS) 

Most of the Jafza–based companies fall under the activity heading of Trading, Manufacturing and Services industries. In order from most to least numerous, companies in Jafza come from the Middle East, Europe, the Indian Sub Continent, Americas, Far East, Africa and others. 


Office Units 
Office cluster within jafza are conveniently situated to permit quick easy access for both visitors and staff. To cater for all company requirements, Jafza offers a variety of office facilities, all of which are un-furnished to allow companies to express their own individual style. Existing infrastructure through Jafza is excellent and all office buildings benefit from a number value added features, including: Jafza cost efficient offices provide ample working space and are equipped with air conditioning, light fixtures, power points, and internet and telephone access. Design to be adoptable and user friendly, the offices are spacious, flexible floor plans that are able to accommodate specific interior designs, and can be develop to incorporate future expansion 

Multi story Office Buildings: 
In addition to pre built offices, well appointed, atrium-style buildings bearing the hall mark of excellence are now available. These multi story buildings are available on an annual rental basis. These specious unfurnished offices provide clients with the flexibility to accommodate specific needs, including future expansion plans. Each facility is fitted with central air condition having individual thermostat controls. every office is equipped with fiber optic network for high speed digital lines and an advance fire detection system, which is linked to Jafza’s Fire control Room. Modification to the original plan can be carried out to suit your specification and budget, with Jafza authority’s supervision. However, on vacating the premises, all care must be taken to restore the office to its original condition. 

Light industrial units/warehouses:
Jafza purpose built warehouses and light industrial units (LIU)offer spacious, high quality thermally insulated facilities suitable for a wide range of applications, convenient 24 hour access. Includes two entry/exit points: a ramp for light vehicles, and a loading dock for containers and trucks. Every LIU is also equipped with an office. 

High quality, thermally insulated, purpose-built units are available to clients on an annual rental basis. Some LIU have provision for construction additional offices at a mezzanine floor level. There are two exits at the rear, one for forklifts and another for containers trucks. The LIU’s can be used either for warehouse, for storage and distribution of products, or as a factory for assembly and light production. The client can opt for multiple units(subject to availability) or ofcourse lease a plot of land elsewhere are in the free zone, too meet their needs. 

556 m2 warehouses/LIU, 313m2 warehouses
Storage area of unit 512 m 2(17m wide x 30m long)Or 5,489 ft 2 267m2(13m wide x 20m long) or 2,873 ft2
Unit Height 7.8m at the ridge, 5.8m at the valley 7.8m
Area Of office / reception 46m2(4.2m wide x11m long)0r 495 ft2 46m2(4.2m wide x 11 m long) or 495 ft2
Rental rate Dhs 195,000-220,000Us$ 53,133-59,945 per year, Based ob specification Dhs 120,000 or Us$32,697 per year
Insurance Dhs 300 or Us$ 82 per unit. Dhs 300 or Us$82 per unit
Electricity & water Both billed directly to client Electricity rate Dhs 20 or Us$5.4 per 100 KWH. water rate Dhs 30 or US$8.2 per 1000 Gallon per connection charges. Electricity rate Dhs.20 per US$5.4per 100 KWH. Water rate DHs 30 or US$8.2per 1000 gallon per connection charges.
Public healthy levy (PHL) services A charge of 20 % of annual rentals is applied at a maximum of Dhs 10,000 or US$2,725 per year A charge of 20 % off annual rentals is applied at maximum of Dhs 10.000 US$ 2,725 per year

The LIU can be used in one of two ways: as the warehouse for the storage and distribution of products or as factory for assembly and light production. Depending on their specific needs, companies may choose individual or multiple units, subjects to availability. Upon request and with the approval of Jafza modifications to original units can be carried out to fit specific needs, and budgets however every standered warehouse is well equipped with minimum features, as shown below. 


Storage area of unit The ware house unit has standard electrical capacity of 10 KVA
Payment terms Annually in advance
Lease terms One year renewable annually( with a three month notice period)
Storage No storage out side the building is permitted
Parking Ample space available in front or close to each warehouse and LIU, offering covered parking for two cars



Jafza provides plots for various sizes from short and long-term lease. This extremely popular option is ideal for companies wishing to construct their own facility whether it is a warehouse or an industrial factory in order to preserve the appearance and infrastructure of Jafza, not more then 60% of the allotted land may be utilized for the facility itself. the remaining areas is to be landscaped, allocated for parking areas or loading and unloading zone subject to Jafza’s approval. Whatever the type of cargo, companies in the Jafza can avail of the DPA’s ample storage facilities. At jafza, plot of land of various sizes are available for lease. These sites are ideal if the company wishes to construct its own facility for warehouse or factory requirement(minimum area for lease is 2,500m2) 

Area of plot From 2,500m2
Rental rate From Dhs 20-80 or US$ 5.45-21.8 per m2, based on the location,
Electricity and water Electricity rate calculated at Dhs 20 or US$ 5.4 per 100 KWH. water rate calculated at 30 or US$ 8.2 per 1000 gallons plus connection charges. Electricity and water consumption charges are billed directly to the tenant.
Public health levy(PHL) service A charge 2 % of annual rental and maximum of Dhs10,000 or US$2,725 per year is applied
Industrial Effluent Disposal Dhs 25,000 or US$ 6,812 for the first connection, then calculated at 5 or US$ 1.4 per 1,000 imperial gallon, for discharge lines.

Once Jafza issues a building completion certificate, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will supply main service to the premises. Any machinery installed will then be checked and the company awarded an operation fitness certificate by Jafza before operation. As the construction progresses, the company may initiate the process for entry premises for operative sponsored by Jafza, will be accepted only after the building completion and operation fitness certificates have been issued. 


Utilities The client is required to apply directly to DEWA for connection.
Location As per zoning according to type of industry
Payment terms Annually in advance. installments depends on the rental amount
General services Telephone Fax and internet must be install and paid for by the tenant. For other services like security, fire and costumes, jafza will coordinate directly with the relevant department



For land sites and light industrial units, usage fee at the tenant’s own expenses. For office units, multi-story office buildings- electricity, water and air-conditioning are included in the annual rent pay able directly to Jafza. 


For the first telephone line, Etisalat* charges a one time fee of Dhs 250/- on application with the documents listed below. For every additional line (included a fax line) the one-time application fee is Dhs 150/- (US$41) For every line taken there is a subscription rental charges of Dhs 45/-everyquarter. 

Documents required when the applying for slandered telephone line for the business 

  • Copy of the company trade license
  • Copy of the tendency contract or proof of ownership
  • Copy of power of attorney, of authorize company signatory
  • Passport copy of manager on the company trade license

Private post boxes are situated at all post offices, shelters, a number of commercial buildings, and some postal agencies. Country wide. 

Any individual or company renting or buying an apartment or office in commercial building can rent a private post box either from the owner of the buildings or from Emirate post directly (in accordance with the coordination laid down in the contract between the buildings owner and emirate post) 

Companies who wish to open a post office box must complete and submit: Copy of the company trade license (while showing original for confirmation) 


For new companies, the year is divided into third, for the first year only, as follows: during the first 4 months of the year, rent is Dhs 280+DHs10 key guarantee. During the second 4 month of the year, rent is Dhs 200+Dhs10 keys guarantee. During the last 4 month of the year, rent is Dhs150+Dhs 10 key guarantee 


As post box facilities are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, subscribers can check mail at their convenience 

Subscribers can rent a post box in the area of their choice (close to their home or office for example) 

Post box are available in all post offices country wide 

Holders for private post boxes will receive distributed ads. 


Dubai trade portal – JAFZA has recently launched into e-business, with the introduction of Dubai Trade. An exclusive portal for customers in the Free Zone, port and customs area. The portal has been designed to provide line services to JAFZA and other customers and to reduce the over-the-counter service and manual documentation, by replacing them with fast, flexible and secure electronic service. 

Dubai trade. ae consolidates the service of four portal into one portal, providing User with: 

  • Unified customer access(single sign-on)
  • Constant look and feel across all services
  • Bi-lingual user interface
  • Invoice presentation and payment

Among the auto-mated services available are online request for trade license and lease renewal, Health card renewals, residence permanent identity cards, permanent access cards, and temporary access cards. other services provided online include online tariffs, online enquiries, on line cancellations, information on rules and procedures and a customer bulletin board.


Companies can search for employees having a wide range of skill from an easily accessible central pool. In addition, companies are required to submit their application to jafza administration department, who in turn will process them for the company at the Dubai immigration office 


Dubai bank 
Jebel ali branch–LOB 16,
PO Box 18500,
UAE Tell:,
Toll Free: 8005555,
Fax: +97148871515 

Mashriq bank 
Jebel ali branch- near jafza main gate
PO box 17217,
Dubai UAE,

Commercial bank of Dubai
Emirate bank international
Habib bank AG Zurich
HSBC Bank Middle East
National Bank of Abu Dhabi
National Bank of Dubai 
National Bank of Fujaira
Standard charter Bank
Union National Bank
United Arab Bank 


Companies accepted for operation in jafza will be granted either a trade license, service license or industrial license, service license or national industrial license by the free zone authority. these license will remain valid for however long that company maintenance a current lease agreement with the free zone authority, and license are renewable annually so long as the lease agreement is in force. 

Companies practicing several categories of activities should obtain a license for each category of activity, i.e trading, manufacturing, services, etc. A special agreement will have to be made for each of these activities. 

If such a company wishes to conduct business and sell its product within the U A E. it may do so by the appointment of the official distribute or any other company holding a valid trade license. However such a company can obtain the services or products from firms operating in a U A E by itself without the need of a go-between. The most important of these license and condition for obtaining each type are as follows: General trading license: 

Allow the holder to import, distribute and store all item as per JAFZA rules and regulations. 


Issued to companies established within the free zone or legally incorporated outside the U.A.E who wish to conduct business with in the free zone in the field of trading, importing and exporting. In such cases, a license by the economic department or any other authority is not required and ownership of the company’s capital may remain 100% foreign. 


A license issued to companies established in the Free Zone or legally incorporate outside the U.A.E and who wish to conduct industrial production activities such as manufacturing, canning, and packaging re-assembly. Other Conditions applying to trade license are applicable to industrial licenses. 


A license issued to companies established within the Free Zone or registered either within or outside the U.A.E. The share capital of the company must be atleast 51% GCC and the value added to the products manufactured in the Free Zone must amount to minimum of 40 % of the sale value. 


This is a license issued to companies established within the Free Zone or registered either within or outside the U.A.E. The share capital of company must be at least 51% GCC and the value added to the products manufactured in the Free Zone to a minimum of 40% of the sale values 

This license provides the holder the same status as local or GCC companies inside the U.A.E. Holding a national trade license qualifies for costum duties exemption on their products with the exported to other GCC states. The authority undertake the administrative negotiation needed to obtain industrial registration with the U.A.E Ministry of Finance and on behalf of the company. 


Setting up a company in JAFZA is simple and the procedure are steam lined, quick and hassle free. To qualify for establishing a branch of an already established company, you merely need to either have a company already registered in U.A.E or overseas – including offshore companies. 

If u are a new company, you could register a legal entity or company in JAFZA by applying and completing some simple but essential documentation, a separate legal entity called the Free Zone Establishment(FZCO)with limited liability can be formed with its head quarter in JAFZA. Its affairs are completely separate from those of its share holders. It can have its own board of directors and its own bank account. For instance, since it is independent of its share holder (individual or non- individual), it can retain its profits. This plays an important role in international business planning. 

Cost up set up ( At a glance)

Minimum capital requirements FZCO- DHs 500,000(US$136,091)(minimum2 shareholders each one holding DHs 100,000).FZE DhS 1,000,000(US$272,183)(no shareholders) There is no minimum capital requirement for branch offices.
License fee for all activities: Dhs 5,500(US$1,497)per annum
General trade license: Dhs 15,000(US$4,083)per annum
Registration branch office: N/A
Registration( free zone establishment) Dhs 10,000(US$2,722)(on time fee)
Registration (fee zone company): Dhs 15,000(US$4,083)(one time fee)



Logical documents required for establishing a branch company

1. Certificate for registration of the company and original certification of good standing of the company. Both must be attested notarized)
2. Memorandum and articles of association of the company (Attested and non notarized)
3. The company bored resolution calling for the establishment of the branch in jafza and guaranteeing full financial commitment AND Appointment of negotiator or legal Representative (together with point 3) (power of a attorney)(spice men of signature)(Passport Copy) (Notarized)
4. 1.Appointment letter of manager of representative specimen of signature(passport copy) (Notarized)


  • 1. Jafza reserve the right to call for any extra documents if necessary or ask for attestation by the UAE Embassy or consultant.
  • 2. The documents should be notarized and attested by the embassy or consulate or any Arab embassies if necessary. Some documents can be notarized at JAFZA
  • 3. Each legal documents has to be sealed, if more then one page is submitted.

List of documents required for formation of free zone establishment (FZE)

a. Individual Applicant
1. Application’s personal details, e,d-business background. specimen of applicant’ signature and valid passport copy. the original banker’ reference Notarized
2. Appointment of the Negotiator or legal representative(optional)
Power of attorney 
Specimen of signatur
Passport copy




b. Non – individual applicant
1. Certificate of registration of the company or original Certificate of good standing of the
Memorandum &article of association.



2. 2.Board resolution calling for the establishment of a FZE/FZCO and appointment of the following:
Appointment of the negotiator 
Or legal representative manager Specimen of the signature+ passport Copy
Directors and specimen of signature + passport copy.
Secretary and specimen of signature + passport copy 
Attested/ Notarized






  • 1. Jafza reserve the right to call any extra documents if necessary or asked for attestation by the U.A.E Embassy or consulate. Some documents can be notarized in Jebel Ali
  • 2. Each legal document has to be sealed, if more then one page is submitted.

List of Documents required for formation of the free zone company (FZCO)

a. Individual Applicant
Applicants personal details e.g–valid passport profile. Notarized
Specimen of applicants signature Notarized
Valid passport copy Notarized
The original bankers reference Copy
Appointment of the Negotiator or Legal Representative(optional) Copy
Power of attorney Copy
Specimen of signature Notarized
Valid passport copy Notarized
b. Non Individual Applicant
Certificate of registration of the company or original certificate of good standing of the company. Notarized
Memorandum & Article of Association. Attested/Notarized
Board Resolution of the non individual calling for the establish of the FZ company in jafza. Attested/Notarized
Appointment of the negotiator or legal representative. Attested/Notarized
Power of attorney. Attested/Notarized
Specimen signature Attested/Notarized
Valid passport copy Copy


FZCO Board of directors(for individual & Non individual)
Appointment of the following:
Applicants personal details e.g–valid passport profile. Notarized
Manager& specimen of signature+ passport copy Notarized
Directors & specimen of signature passport copy Notarized
TSecretary & specimen of signature passport copy Copy


  • 1. Jafza reserve the right to call for extra documents if necessary or ask for Attestation by the U.A.E Embassy or consulate.
  • 2. The documents should be Notarized & Attested by UAE Embassy or Consulate or any Arab embassies if necessary.
  • 3. Each legal document has to be sealed, if more then one page is submitted.


  • Overseas branch
  • Local branch
  • Free zone Establishment
  • Free zone Company

Application Process Obtaining a license and jafza facilit

Applicant Jafza
Submits Application for license from Review application from and documents. proves/rejects application. inform clients of decision
Rejection or provisional approval) in case of provisional approval, asks for legal documents to be submitted. Also send prospective company specimen,
Submits legal documents. lease agreement, personal secondary agreements free zone rules and the copy of the implementing regulation(for FZE or FZCO only)
Sign Performa lease Agreements. Prepares and dispatches Performa
Lease Agreement
Sign lease agreement. Prepares lease and personal secondary agreement and informs The company(Notification letter)
Client to sign the lease and pay the dues. Invoice client. Prepares lease and personal secondary agreement and informs The company(Notification letter)
Males payments as per Notification letter Prepares License

Registering ’Free zone establishment (FZE) or’ Free zone company’(FZCO)

Submits Application for license from If Application for License is approved, jafza asks for legal documents required for FZE orFZCO formation.
Submits legal documents. Check legal Documents. Send approval letter together with a letter to a local bank and the postal authority for opening of the bank accounts to deposit the required share capital and obtaining registered address respectively.
Deposits the required share capital (minimum DHs 1 million for FZE, or minimum Dhs.5000,000 for FZCO in the bank and pays jafza the Dhs. 10,000 towards FZE or Dhs 15,000 towards FZCO Registration charges