Company Formation in Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA)

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Jebel Ali Free Zone Company Formation (JAFZA)

Established in 1985, Jebel Ali Free Zone is the oldest, one of the most popular and massive industrial free zone of UAE. It is located in the west of Dubai and spread across an area of 48 square kilometers. Known as Dubai’s gem – JAFZA has turned Dubai into a global trading powerhouse i.e. a unique trade ecosystem that reduces cost, while enabling new opportunities for growth. Foreign investors and companies choose to set up their business in Jebel Ali Free Zone due to its rich infrastructure – surrounded as it is by the essential amenities and transport links.

Jebel Ali free zone authority JAFZA is responsible for incorporating new businesses in the free zone. The business setup in JAFZA is free from of red tape and restrictions and investors are provided with an environment which is most conducive for growth. JAFZA’s strong commitment to service excellence has qualified it to attain ISO 9001:2000 Certification in 1996, making it the world’s first ISO certified free zone.


Benefits of Business Setup in JAFZA

  • 100% foreign ownership.
  • No corporate tax for 50 years (can. be renewed after completion).
  • No personal income tax.
  • Complete repatriation of capital and profits.
  • No duties levied on imports and re-exports.
  • Onsite Customs.
  • Businesses allowed to deal in all forms of currencies.
  • Investors can mortgage their business premises to a bank or financing company.
  • Complete facilities for all your UAE business setup needs.

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Other Major Information


Jebel Ali Port

  • Premier gateway for over 90 weekly services connecting 140 ports around the globe,
  • Has an air-sea corridor and provides first class service
  • Has a capacity of 19.5 million containers annually
  • Named ‘Best Seaport in the Middle East’ for 21 consecutive years by Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards

Furthermore, JAFZ is 30 minute drive away from Dubai International Airport that connects over 200 global destinations. It is also well connected through extensive road network and is just 35 km away from Dubai city.



In a span of 30 years, JAFZA has grown from 19 member company base in 1985 to nearly 7300 companies today which include more than 100 Global Fortune 500 enterprises.

Some of the biggest global firms such as Unilever, Samsung, Honda, General Electric, & many more have setup their regional headquarters in Jafza to serve the wider Middle East region including West Asia, CIS, Africa and South Asia.

Having a dynamic base for 7300 companies from over 100 countries, Jafza provides over 135,000 jobs and attracts more than 20% of the UAE’s foreign direct investment.


License types offered in JAFZA

  • Trading License for trading activities.
  • Industrial License for industrial & manufacturing units.
  • Service License for service based businesses.
  • E-Commerce License for buying and selling of goods and services.
  • National Industrial License Supports manufacturing units with 51% local ownership requirement.
  • Innovation License For businesses conducting R&D activities.
  • Offshore Registration For setting up offshore company with limited liability

How Can KWSME Help


KWSME has been facilitating SMEs as well as Multinationals for their company formation in JAFZA.

Our business support services help our clients in utilizing the world class features and logistic infrastructure of the free zone and present a right atmosphere for their business to flourish in the tax haven.

Contact us for our assistance in your business setup in Jebel Ali Free Zone.

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