Located in the west of Dubai, Jebel Ali Free Zone is the oldest in the UAE, having been established in 1985. It is also one of the most popular. Jebel Ali is the first freezone created in Dubai and is one of the most well-known freezones in the country. It houses more than 7,000 international companies, some of which are Fortune Global 500 companies. Moreso, JAFZA is one of the contributors of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the UAE so a business setup in JAFZA continues to be rampant and meets the demands of various investors with warehouses, showrooms, offices, and on-site residences. For these reasons and more, many entrepreneurs choose to set up their businesses in Jebel Ali due to its rich infrastructure – surrounded as it is by the necessary amenities and transport links. JAFZA remains one of the ‘on-demand’ company formation sites in UAE.
Types of companies permitted in JAFZA
FZCo: This is a Limited Liability Partnership with the company’s liabilities limited to the company’s asset while the owners’ personal assets are secured. An interested investor is allowed 2 to 50 shareholders which can be either an individual, company or a combination of both.
FZE: FZE is a type of formation with only one shareholder. However, such shareholder can be either an individual or a company. The company’s liabilities are limited to its assets as well, and the owner’s assets are protected.
PLC: Public Limited Company is a type of company that lists its shares on the stock exchange for the public to subscribe to it. JAFZA allows 2 or more shareholders for a PLC company.
Branch: A branch is an extension of the parent company. A company outside JAFZA can establish a branch in the free zone with certain requirements to be met. One of which is that the parent company should own the branch with the same nature of the business and be under the same name as the parent company.
Benefits of Forming a Company in JAFZA:
Location: Jebel-Ali’s strategic location is a huge advantage, as Dubai and Al Maktoum International Airport are just 40 and 20 minutes away. For entrepreneurs who require trading with clients from other parts of the world, Jebel Ali is the Freezone of choice as it offers the fastest access to Asia, Africa, Commonwealth countries and elsewhere.
Multiple visas with dependant sponsorship without committing to an office: Upto 3 visas are permitted in Jebel Ali without owning a physical office. Instead, a flexi desk can be purchased with services such as conference room hire and reception cover.
Easy setup & corporate bank account: Once the activity is decided and the necessary documentation is provided, a business can be set up in within 3 days in Jafza.
No paid upfront share capital: No minimum share capital is required in Jafza
Diverse list of activities: Jafza is arguably one of the freezones with the longest list of activities. A list of these can be viewed below. What’s more, Jebel Ali Free Zone allows for between 7 and 12 business activities under one trading licence. Also, service activities can be conducted from Jebel Ali, provided there is a registered branch of the company which has been operational in mainland UAE for at least two years.
List of Activities
The three main categories of activity in JAFZA are trading, service, and industrial. A breakdown can be found below:
Agricultural, flowers and plants
Aircraft and train trading
Amusement equipment and supplies trading
Bags, packaging material and paper trading
Building materials trading
Electronics and electrical group
Equipment and machines
Fuel and petroleum products trading
Metal and its products trading
Motor vehicles and auto spare parts
Perfumery, medicines, beauty
Foodstuff and beverages
Separate trading activities
Ships and boats trading
Spectacles and contact lenses trading
Sports equipment trading
Stationery and books trading
Trade license and video and recordings
Tobacco and smoking accessories trading
Household and furniture trading
Exchange and financial
Regional liaison office
Transport, shipping and storage
Equipment, engines, machinery and repairs
Light aircraft maintenance
Motor vehicle repairs
Repairing of electrical and electronic appliances
Accounts, Banks, finance and credit group
Building maintenance, surveillance and cleaning services
Car registration and transfer services
Car rental and passenger transport
Contracting and building works
Document destroying and storage
Domestic gas station
Exchange and financial
Government liaison office
Halls and exhibitions
Hospitals and recovery houses
Blocks and building stones
Cotton, metal nets and rope manufacturing
Equipment, engines and machinery
Garments, rugs, textiles and products manufacturing
Glass and chinaware manufacturing
Light aircraft manufacturing
Manufacture of batteries
Manufacturing of gold
Manufacture of eyeglasses
Manufacture of medicines
Manufacture of motor vehicles and motor cycles
Manufacture of tyres and rubber products
Manufacturing of bags, shoes and leather products
Manufacturing of tobacco and cigarettes
Manufacturing of wood, wood products and furniture
Paper and paper products
Petroleum and metal extraction
Petroleum products and chemicals
Pipes and wire manufacturing
Power generation and transmission
Electrical and electronic appliances
Structural steel manufacturing
Technical and professional workshops
JAFZA’s Fee Structure
Trade License Fee (Commercial & Service/General)
Industrial/Trade License (Type 1) (7 products max from 1 group)
Industrial/Trade License (Type 2) (12 products max from 2 group)
General Trading License
FZCO- 15000 AED
FZE – 10000 AED
BRANCH OF A COMPANY- 5000 AED
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