The Jebel Ali Port or Mina Jebel Ali is the world’s largest man-made port. The Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ) was established by decree No. 1 of 1985 and is located in the Emirate of Dubai. Jebel Ali was initially seen as the ideal base for multinationals to warehouse and distribute their products in the Gulf. Over the years, the range of industries has grown from distribution to include the whole spectrum of manufacturing, trading and services and the market has grown to cover regions well beyond just the Middle East. The Free Zone is home to over 7,000 companies including several of the Fortune 500s.
- Excellent support service from Dubai Ports Authority’s two modern terminals.
- Very close to newly established Al-Maktoum International Airport.
- Onsite chamber of commerce, international banks, insurance companies, consultancies, etc.
- Mortgaging of company-owned facilities (excluding leased land).
- Lease period up to 10 years (trading) and 15 years (manufacturing).
- Types of activities broadly include manufacturing, processing, assembling, packaging, import/ export, distribution, storage and services, etc.
Forms of registration
- Branch of a foreign company
- Branch of a UAE company
- Free Zone Company (FZCO) – no minimum capital requirement
- Free Zone Establishment (FZE) – no minimum capital requirement
Facility costs and type of license
|Facility||Size*||Cost in AED per annum*|
|Land||Min. 5,000 sq.m||30 – 80 per sq.m|
|Pre-built factory, warehouse showrooms with office space||313 – 1110 sq.m||188,000 – 666,000|
|Office||27 -100 sq.m||2,000 – 2,500 per sq.m|
|FZE Registration Fee one time AED 10,000|
|FZCO Registration Fee one time AED 15,000|
|Branch Registration fee one time AED 5,000|
|Type of License||Cost in AED per annum*|
|Industrial (7 products – 12 products)||5,500 – 9,000|
|Trading (7 products – 12 products)||5,500 – 9,000|
|Logistics (branch of UAE based company)||30,000|
|Service (branch of UAE based company)||8,000|
*The figures are indicative and subject to change
One of the key cornerstones of business success is an inspiring work environment. JafzaOne, the unique commercial complex in new Dubai, is located at the heart of JAFZA. Jafza’s flagship commercial property, Jafza One, is a premium ‘one-stop-shop’ business facility. Designed to satisfy a comprehensive range of corporate requirements, the complex has been developed to maximise commercial growth. The location of the complex, in the centre of JAFZA, makes it the most functional and versatile multi-purpose space available in this free zone. Ideal for prestigious corporate headquarters and executive suites, the office spaces command inspiring, panoramic views across JAFZA, Jebel Ali Palm, Jebel Ali Port and Sheikh Zayed Road.
JAFZA One contains:
- Over 100,000 sq. m. of office space, spread between the two 24-floor office towers.
- 2,100 sq.m of space per floor.
- Office sizes range from the entire floor as open plan to up to 21 individual offices ranging in size from 38 sq.m. to over 200 sq.m.
- Exhibition and convention centre, auditorium and function room, executive meeting suites.
- Four-star hotel, with breath-taking views of the Arabian Gulf and state-of-the-art gym.