Quick Look JAFZA

Jebel Ali Free Zone

Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) is a sprawling industrial free zone that seamlessly links the UAE to the rest of the MENA region and the world.

LICENSES: Trading | Service | Logistics | Industrial | National Industrial | E-Commerce | Innovation

FACILITIES: Executive Desks | Offices | Warehouses | Land | Retail | Showrooms | On-site residences

COSTS: Medium (from US$ 9,500/AED 35,000)

Recommended for: Established trading & service companies, Industries, high-growth trading startups, logistics companies.

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JAFZA FREE ZONE

JAFZA is a sprawling industrial free zone that links the UAE to the rest of the MENA region and the world.

Offering unparalleled connections to 140 locations, an air-sea corridor, free-zone perks, and first-class service, JAFZA is the hub for 7,300 international companies and many of the world’s top shippers.

Today, Jafza is a dynamic base for thousands of businesses, from over 100 countries, sustaining over 135,000 jobs and attracting more than 20% of the UAE’s foreign direct investment; all the while exceeding 50% of Dubai’s total exports,with an phenomenal value for trade of $69 billion.

WHY setup a company in JAFZA?

  • Excellent port infrastructure
  • Excellent network of internal roads and connectivity
  • Ability to support large industrial companies
  • Ability to mortgage your premises to a bank or financing company
  • Wide range of business activities
  • All Free Zone benefits

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Advantages of company formation in JAFZA

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 0% corporate tax for 50 years
  • 0% personal income tax
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • 0% import or re-export duties
  • No currency restrictions
  • No restrictions on foreign talent or employees

In addition to this, company formation in the JAFZA Free Zone can derive benefits from the extensive network of double-tax avoidance treaties that the United Arab Emirates has signed with countries worldwide, including countries such as India, Pakistan, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria and Holland.

Dubai offers the additional benefits of a very high standard of living and a vibrant expatriate community with people from over 180 nations living and working in the region.

JAFZA company formation can take the following legal forms –

Free Zone Company (FZCO)

This registration is a Limited Liability Company within the Free Zone that allows a multiple shareholders (can be individual or corporate).

Free Zone Establishment (FZE)

This registration is a Limited Liability Company within the Free Zone that allows a single shareholder (can be individual or corporate).

Branch Company

A branch is a legal entity which already exists outside of the JAFZA Free Zone (local or international). A branch company –

  • Derives its power and authority from the parent entity thus does not have separate legal personality.
  • Does not have a board of directors or secretary for a company
  • Must retain the same name as the parent entity and end with the designation (Branch)

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JAFZA offers a wide range of business activities which are categorized into the following types of licenses:

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;

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

Logistics License – allows firms to engage in logistics services such as cargo (sea, land, air), warehousing, storage, parking, transshipment and distribution.

Industrial License– allows the holder to import raw materials, carry out the manufacture of specified products and export the finished product.

National Industrial License– this is 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.

E-Commerce License– allows holder to carry out buying and selling of goods and services over electronic networks via any electronic means.

Innovation License – allows for the development of new products and services.

Click here to download an updated list of business activities allowed for JAFZA company formation.

JAFZA offers the following facilities :

  • Standard Offices
  • Business Park
  • Retail Outlets
  • Plots of Land
  • Warehouses & Light Industrial Units (LIU)
  • Showrooms

Here are the documents required for company formation in JAFZA:

Individual – FZCO and FZE

  • Application Form
  • Environment Health and Safety (EHS) application form
  • Passport/Emirates ID copy of manager(s), director(s), and secretary, shareholder(s)
  • Project Summary
  • Business Profile of the shareholder(s)
  • Board resolution and Power of Attorney
  • Specimen Signature of manager(s), shareholder(s), director(s), and secretary

Corporate – FZCO and FZE

  • Application Form
  • Environment Health and Safety (EHS) application form
  • Passport/Emirates ID copy of manager(s), director(s), and secretary, shareholder(s)
  • Project Summary
  • Business Profile of the shareholder(s)
  • Board resolution and Power of Attorney
  • Specimen Signature of manager(s), shareholder(s), director(s), and secretary
  • Certificate of Registration
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association

Branch

  • Application Form
  • Environment Health and Safety (EHS) application form
  • Passport/Emirates ID copy of manager(s), director(s), and secretary, shareholder(s)
  • Project Summary
  • Business Profile of the shareholder(s)
  • Board resolution and Power of Attorney
  • Specimen Signature of manager(s), shareholder(s), director(s), and secretary
  • Certificate of Registration
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • License Copy
  • Share Certificate
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Letter from the company to open branch in JAFZA board resolution

You can download the list of required documents here.

Click here to access the template formats of resolutions and required documents for JAFZA Company formation.

Here are the approximate costs incurred during Company formation in JAFZA:

REGISTRATION FEES (one-time)

Free Zone Establishment (FZE) – 1 shareholder – 10,000

Free Zone Company (FZCO) – 2 or more shareholders – 15,000

Branch Company – AED 5,000

LICENSE FEES

The following license fees are applicable, per annum:

Trading Licenses

Maximum 7 products from 1 group – AED 5,500

Maximum 12 products from 2 groups – AED 9,000

General Trading License – AED 30,000

Service license (branch of UAE Company only) – AED 8,000

Logistics license (branch of UAE Company only) – AED 30,000

Industrial Licenses

Maximum 7 products from 1 group – AED 5,500

Maximum 12 products from 2 groups – AED 9,000

FACILITIES

The company would be eligible for 1 visa for every 8 square metres of office space. Business park facilities allow for a maximum of two visas.

(Conversion rate – 1 US$ = 3.67 AED)

Business Park offices – AED 23,000 – AED 30,000 per annum

Standard Offices – from 26 sq.mts at AED 2,000 per sq.mt.

Showroom Type A (showroom, office, warehouse) – 891 sq.mt. at AED 800/sq.mt.

Showroom Type B (showroom, office, warehouse) – 772 sq.mt. at AED 800/sq.mt.

Showroom Type C (showroom, office) – 423.72 sq.mt. at AED 1,000/sq.mt.

Showroom Type D (showroom, office, warehouse) – 348.34 sq.mt. at AED 700/sq.mt.

Warehouses (10 KVA and 74 KVA) – 313 to 669 sq.mts – AED 350- AED 600 per sq.mt.

Factory LIU (100 KVA) – 543 to 619 sq.mts – AED 450- AED 600 per sq.mt.

Plots of Land – minimum 5.000 sq.mts – from AED 25 – AED 80 per sq.mt.

Security Deposits, Public Health Levy (PHL) & other costs are not included on the above.

VISAS

The company will have to apply for an Establishment Card, in order to commence the processing of visas. An additional document required is a Power of Attorney, in case a PRO is appointed.

Establishment Card – AED 1,890 (US$ 515)

Power of Attorney – AED 1,500 (US$ 410)

The next step will be applying for the visas. Here are the approximate costs:

Employment Visa – applicant outside the country – AED 4020 (US$ 1,096)

Employment Visa – applicant inside the country – AED 4,810 (US$ 1,310)

Medical Test, Emirates ID – AED 1,240 (US$ 338)

Download your cost sheet for company formation in JAFZA Free Zone here.

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