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Jebel Ali Free Zone – JAFZA Company Formation

Founded in 1985, the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA) is one of the oldest Free Zones in the UAE. JAFZA is the business hub for thousands of corporations from over 100 countries responsible for over 20% of the country’s foreign direct investment with a trade value of USD 69 billion.

The Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) is one of the most viable locations to form a business. Businesses established in JAFZA will benefit from:

  • Connecting with a network of corporate leaders
  • Global connectivity
  • Easy operational environment


It is necessary for the investor to choose one of the following formation types for Jebel Ali Free Zone Company Formation

  • Free Zone Company (FZCO)
  • Free Zone Establishment (FZE)
  • Branch of a Company
  • Public Listed Company (PLC)

Advantages of Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) Company Registration

There are several benefits when setting up a Jebel Ali Free Zone Company, they include:

  • No corporate tax for 50 years (renewable)
  • No taxes on personal income
  • No import or re-export duties
  • No restrictions on foreign currencies
  • Foreign employees or talents are not constrained

Types of licenses for Jebel Ali Free Zone Company Setup

Jebel Ali Free Zone offers different kinds of licenses to choose from depending on the desired business activity

Here are the licenses and its specific activities that can be carried out in the JAFZA:

  • Trading License

Import, Export and Distribute items stated on the license.


  • Industrial License

Import raw materials, execute manufacturing of specified products and export the finished product.


  • General Trading License

Access an extensive range of activities and a broader range of items.


  • Service License

Perform the services indicated on the license.


  • E-Commerce License

Purchasing and selling of commodities and services via any electronic means.


  • National Industrial License

Issued for manufacturing businesses with at least 51% GCC ownership.


  • Innovation License

Execute development of new products and services.


  • Logistics License

Specified logistics services are only allowed (e.g., transportation, storage, inventory management, distribution, and so on).


  • Offshore Registration

An incorporated offshore establishment can be formed by any one or more individuals with the collaboration or assistance of an existing Limited Liability Company in the region.