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Starting a Business in Jafza

In order to set up a company in Jafza and become a part of our ever growing business community; the following documents are required:
  • Application for Facility
  • Passports copy of each Individual (Share Holders and Managers)
  • Bank Reference for each individual
  • Project Summary
  • Parent Company’s Profile (In case of Branch formation)
  • Application for Registration a Free Zone Company " FZCO "(In case of establishing a FZCO)
  • Application for Registration a Free Zone Establishment "FZE" (In case of establishing a FZE).
  • A one time non-refundable application fee of Dhs. 500

Jafza Company Types

Jebel Ali free zone companies may be formed within Jafza as the following types of business (companies):

Free Zone Establishment (FZE) and Free Zone Company (FZCO): FZE and FZCO applicants can avail of Jafza’s unique offer of forming a company as a separate legal entity. A FZE formation can be with a single shareholder with a minimum capital of AED 1 million. An FZCO can be formed with 2 to 5 shareholders with a minimum capital of AED 500,000.

Branch Company: Companies having valid registration and license outside Jafza can apply for the formation of a branch Company in Jafza.

Special Status Non-Resident Offshore Companies: Jafza, under Jebel Ali Free Zone Offshore Companies Regulations 2003, allows the formation of an offshore Company by individuals or corporate bodies, as a non-resident company, having a corporate legal entity.

Jafza License Types

Jafza issues various types of company licences:

General Trading Licence allows the holder to import, distribute and store all items as per Jafza rules and regulations.

Trading Licence allows the holder to import, export, distribute and store items specified on the licence.

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

Service Licence allows the holder to carry out the services specified in the licence within the Free Zone. The type of service must conform to the parent company’s licence, issued by the Economic Department or Municipality of the relevant Emirate in the UAE.

National Industrial Licence is designed for manufacturing companies with an ownership or shareholding of at least 51% with AGCC (Arabian Gulf Co-operation Council) nationals / citizens. The value added to the product in the Free Zone must amount to a minimum of 40%. This company licence allows the holder the same status as a local or AGCC inside the UAE.
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