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Jebel Ali Free Zone Business Setup Dubai - Setup Zone

Jebel Ali Free Zone


JAFZA – One of the fastest growing Free Zones in the MEASA region, which gives you direct access to a market of over 2 billion people.


Established in 1985 with less than 20 companies, Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) now claims more than 7,000 companies, making it one of the fastest expanding and largest free zones in the Middle East. Extent across 48 sq. km., JAFZA’s proven business model has been tested by over 120 of the Fortune 500 companies. The Free Zone emphases on providing investors world-class infrastructure supported with quality-driven value added services and enticements, among them a tax-free environment, 100% client ownership, 100% repatriation of capital and profits and exemptions from all commercial charges.


Company Types

It is important to know that investors can register a FZE, a FZCO or a branch of a foreign/local company.


Free Zone Establishment (FZE)
Sole proprietorship formed by an individual (person) or non-individual (company) as the sole director/shareholder.


Free Zone Company (FZCO):
Partnership form formed by a minimum of two and maximum of five shareholders.


Branch Office of an existing company
A foreign company can set up a branch of its existing company using the same name. No share capital is required.


Setup Zone can assist in setting up business in Jebel Ali Free Zone. We can aid in all types of company registrations out here, we make it easy for you to start your company. The incorporation of a freezone business is not always as you think. Setup Zone specializes in taking care of the legal and document clearing side of the process.


License Types


The license type is being selected upon defining the nature of the proposed business activity as follows:


  • Industrial License

    For light industrial activities, packaging and assembling

  • Trading License

    For import, export, distribution, and storage of specific products

  • General Trading License

    For import, export, distribution and storage of specific products specified in the License



Share Capital


Once the Law Firm submits the necessary paperwork and obtains JAFZA’s initial approval, the company needs to have proof of capital from a bank within the UAE showing the minimum share capital (based on the type of registration), which will remain on that account until issuance of the trade license. When the license is issued, the entire share capital can be withdrawn.




Office Leasing


Any company registered in JAFZA must lease a minimum office space within the Free Zone. The number of visas issued in most free zones is directly related to the amount of office space leased in a particular zone. For instance, three visas for an office of 27 sq. m. Please be informed that JAFZA occupancy hit 100%, hence the Free Zone offers Limitless facilities (office in Shell and Core condition), all requiring fit outs to operate. At JAFZA, the minimum office requirement to obtain a Limitless facility license is 75 sq. m. at AED 1,900 per sq. m.

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