Jebel Ali Free Zone Company Formation | Dubai Company Registration Guide

Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai or Jafza, is one of the largest and the fastest growing free trade zones in the world. Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) today occupies an area of over 48 square kilometers and is home to over 7,000 companies. As the first free trade zone established in United Arab Emirates (UAE), it is a leading driver of the burgeoning  economy of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and contributes over 20% of the GDP of Dubai.

Jebel Ali Free Zone Company Formation Guide

As the leading business hub of the Middle East, Jafza focuses on long-term customer relationships. Jafza fosters alliances with global investors by providing them with world-class infrastructure supported with value-added services and incentives in its free trade zone area. Jafza, Dubai also offer the benefit of huge business opportunities from a potential market of over two billion people in the greater Middle East region.

In this article, we will discuss;

Jafza Business License TypesJebel Ali Free Zone Jafza Dubai Company Formation

The type of business license you need to run in Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, will depend upon the activity your business intends to engage in its business park or free trade zone. There are three main categories of business licenses:

  • Trading License
  • Service License
  • Industrial License

Trading License

A Trading License allows the holder to import, export, trade and store items specified on the license.

In addition, 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. Normally, a General Trading License is more expensive than a normal trading license.

Service License

A Service License allows the holder to carry out the services specified on the license.

A Logistics License allows firms engaged in logistics services such as cargo (sea, land, air), warehousing, storage, parking, trans-shipment and distribution. A logistics license is issued only for a branch of a locally established company in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Industrial License

An 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 United Arab Emirates (UAE). National Industrial License is otherwise reserved for companies operating from the mainland of United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Jafza Company Formation Types

Jebel Ali Free Zone offers several company formation types that enable customers to set up their company to suit each requirement.

Free Zone Company (FZCo)

FZCo registration allows for multiple shareholders. Shareholders can be people (person) and/or non-individual (company). An FZCo is essentially a Limited Liability Company within Jebel Ali Free Zone.

Free Zone Establishment (FZE)

FZE registration allows for a single shareholder. The shareholders can be an individual (person) or non-individual (company). A FZE is essentially a Limited Liability Company within Jebel Ali Free Zone.

Branch of a Company

A branch is considered a legal entity of its parent company. An entity established outside of the Jebel Ali Free Zone may set up a branch within Jebel Ali Free Zone.

Products and Facilities in Jebel Ali Free Zone

Jafza offers a range of products specifically designed to meet a variety of business needs. Simply select the type that suits your business best.

Plots of Land

Jebel Ali Free Zone provides plots of various sizes for short and long term lease, ideal for companies to build their own facility. Each plot varies from 5,000 sqm to larger sizes according to the specific requirements of each customer.

The main features of the plots include:

  • Road infrastructure ready.
  • Electricity and water infrastructure ready.
  • Telecommunication infrastructure ready.
  • Plots allocated in zones to locate customers with similar needs.
  • 24 hour security within Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza).

Warehouses

Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) offers pre-built warehouses to meet customers’ needs for high quality storage and light manufacturing. The pre-built warehouses are thermally insulated purpose-built units available on a rental basis and are fitted with office space.

These units have several access points:

  • Ramps for forklift.
  • Loading dock for containers and trucks.
  • Fire exit doors.
  • Main entrance for office areas.

Other features include:

  • Electricity and water infrastructure ready, with a standard power range of 42 kw to 127 kw.
  • Telecommunication infrastructure ready.
  • Units vary in size from 313 sq m to 1,110 sq m.
  • Parking facilities available.
  • Fitted with fire alarm and fire fighting system.
  • Floor load capacity of 5 tons per sq m.
  • Warehouse eaves height varies from 6 m to12 m.
  • Washroom facilities in both office and warehouse.
  • Pantry facilities in office space.
  • 24 hour security within the Free Zone.

Showrooms

Jebel Ali Free Zone offers showrooms with dedicated warehouse and office space over two floors with prime showroom frontage. Each unit has warehouse space at the rear with a glass façade showroom frontage and mezzanine floors for office space; all offices have provisions for air conditioning and are equipped with light fixtures, power points and telephone access.

These units have several access points:

  • Ramps for forklift.
  • Loading dock for containers and trucks.
  • Fire exit doors.
  • Main entrance for the office and showroom (access to public road).

Other features include:

  • Electricity and water infrastructure ready, with standard power range of 18 kw to 130 kw.
  • Telecommunication infrastructure ready.
  • Various size options such as showrooms of 264 sq m, office space varies from 158 sqm to 277 sq m, and
  • Warehouse size of 348 sq m.
  • Parking facilities available in front of the warehouse units.
  • Fitted with fire alarm and fire fighting system.
  • Pantry and washroom facilities available in office and warehouse areas.
  • 24 hours security within Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza).

Build to Suit

Build to suit is an innovative Jebel Ali Free Zone product that addresses customers’ industry specific needs and requirements.

This product offers extensive solutions ranging from advice on the right site, proper size and specific industry requirements to develop and deliver complete projects according to customer specifications.

The solutions are:

On long-term basis: Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) builds and delivers the facility per customer specifications on a pre-determined long lease.

On ownership basis: Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) builds and delivers the facility per customer requirements, budget and timeline.

On development management basis: Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) acts in the capacity of a consultant to help customers develop the facility against a specific fee.

The above three options are designed to accommodate customers’ preferred business model.

Offices

Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) offers office space for lease spread over a range of high and low rise facilities.

Office clusters within Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) are conveniently located to make sure easy access for both staff and visitors and each office area leased is unfurnished, ensuring each customer the ability to express their own style.

Customers can lease any area of office space they wish, from a floor in high-rise to an entire building. Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) tailors each office to suit the needs of each customer and works to tailor interior layout and design to requested specifications. The existing infrastructure in the free trade zone is impeccable and all office buildings benefit from a number of value-added features, including the following.

  • 24 hour security with CCTV.
  • Broadband Internet and telephone lines.
  • Amenities on every floor.
  • Prayer rooms.
  • Common, open and covered parking facilities.

Business Park

Business Park provides ready-to-use, fully furnished and equipped offices, with no set up cost, designed for your short-term or long-term requirements. Each business centre is equipped with:

  • Round-the-clock workstation access with network connections.
  • Meeting and conference rooms, equipped with audio-visual equipment.
  • Broadband internet and telephone lines.
  • Business lounge.
  • Professional support staff, administrative and secretarial services.
  • Common, open and covered parking facilities.
  • 24 hour security with CCTV.

Customers using Jafza Business Park facilities can upgrade to a fully-fledged office when they need and enjoy the Free Trade Zone community. In addition, Business Park customers enjoy the following.

  • Selection from a pre-approved activities list for a Trading License.
  • Fast track administrative support.

Documents Required for Setting up a Company in Jebel Ali Free Zone

Documents Required for Setting up a Company in Jebel Ali Free Zone

All Applicants
Jafza application form
Environment Health and Safety (EHS) application form
Passport/Emirates ID copy of manager, directors and secretary (FZE/ FZCo – manager plus shareholder(s) included)
Project summary
No Objection Certificate from local sponsor, applicable to UAE resident only
Individual Applicants (FZCo or FZE)
Business Profile of Shareholder(s)
Board Resolution and Power of Attorney (for FZCo only), attested by Jafza
Specimen signature of manager, shareholders, director and secretary, attested by Jafza
Corporate (Company) Applicants
Certificate of Registration. Duly notarized and attested by UAE embassy (please check rules for UAE embassy in
country of origin)
Memorandum & Articles of Association. Duly notarized and attested by UAE embassy (please check rules for UAE embassy in
country of origin)
Specimen signature of manager,attested by Jafza or UAE Embassy
Board Resolution & Power of Attorney, attested by UAE Embassy
Branch of a Foreign Company
Certificate of Registration. Duly notarized and attested by UAE embassy (please check rules for UAE embassy in country of origin)
Memorandum & Articles of Association Duly notarized and attested by UAE embassy (please check rules for UAE
embassy in country of origin)
Board Resolution or & Power of Attorney. Duly notarized and attested by UAE embassy (please check rules for UAE embassy in country of origin)
Specimen signature of manager, duly attested
Branch of a Local Company
License Copy
Memorandum of Association, photocopy
Article of Association, photocopy
Share Certificate, photocopy
Chamber of commerce certificate, photocopy
Letter from company to open branch in Jafza
Board Resolution, original
Specimen signature of manager, duly attested

Company Registration Fees in Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai

Jafza Registration Fees
TypeOne-Time Fee (AED)
Free Zone Company (FZCo)15,000
Free Zone Establishment (FZE)10,000
Branch of a Company5,000

Jebel Ali Free Zone Licence Fees

Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) License Fees

License TypeAnnual Fee (AED)
Trading License (Type 1)
( 7 products max from one group)
5,500
Trading License (Type 2)
( 12 products max from 2 groups)
9,000
General Trading License30,000
Service License
(Branch of UAE based company only)
8,000
Logistics License
(Branch of UAE based company only)
30,000
Industrial License 7 products
Industrial License 12 products
5,500
9,000

Jebel Ali Free Zone Lease Rates and Product Fees

Jafza Lease Rates   
ProductArea (Sqm)Annual Rent
Sqm / Year
AED
Insurance / Year
AED
Name Plate
AED
Plots of Land
Plot of LandAvailable in different sizes
(Minimum 5,000 Sqm)
20 - 80
Warehouses & Light Industrial Units (LIU)
Warehouses669, 619, 601, 555, 313350 - 600300
Factory LIU
(100 KVA)
619, 601, 555, 543450 - 700300
Showrooms (Jafza Business Plus)
Type A
(Showroom + Office + Warehouse)
8916001,400
Type B
(Showroom + Office + Warehouse)
7726001,400
Type C
(Showroom + Office)
423.721,0001,000
Type D
(Warehouse)
348.34600400
Offices
Standard office
G+1
26.881,800100/unit500
Jafza
14, 15, 16, 17
As per request1,900 - 2,0004/Sqm500
Jafza View
18 , 19
As per request2,100 - 2,5004/sqm500

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