Business Setup & Planning - Free Zone


Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) is a part of Dubai based, state owned Economic Zones World, one of the world’s biggest developers of Economic Zones, Logistics and R & D driven Industrial Parks. Created under an Emiri Decree, Jafza commenced operations in 1985 with standard size office units and warehouses to provide ready built facilities to customers. In 1990 Jafza expanded its facilities to include light industrial units. Located next to Jebel Ali Port, the largest port in the Middle East and, at 30 minutes drive to Dubai International Airport, Jebel Ali Free Zone is well positioned to enable its partners the fastest possible access to a market of over 2 billion people in the South and West Asia, the CIS and Africa. Supported with the region’s extensive highway network Jafza presents itself as the most efficient ally for all types of business opportunities.

Jafza is one of the world’s most services driven, customer centric free zones. Free form of red tape and vexing restrictions, Jafza provides its customers an environment which is most conducive for growth. Jafza’s deep commitment to service excellence has enabled it to win ISO 9001:2000 certification in 1996, making it the world’s first ISO accredited free zone.

he incredible journey from a base of 19 member companies has manifested itself into a present where we are a globally renowned commercial and industrial hub, home to nearly 6,400 Dubai businesses from well over 120 countries.

A business climate where your ambitions have opportunities to grow to any length. A vibrant networking atmosphere where new relationships and opportunities present themselves with refreshing regularity. It’s in these surroundings of entrepreneurship and historical richness that Jafza welcomes you.

Jebel Ali free zone (JAFZA) facilities

Office Space – to provide clients with the freedom to express, Jafza offers unfurnished offices of any size, equipped with air-conditioning, light fixtures, power points, internet, and telephone access. Office space provided by Jafza is specially designed with the options for future expansion.

Light Industrial Units (LIU) – These facilities exist for two purposes: as storage warehouses for distribution and storage, and as factories for light-production and assembly, sizes of LIU’s range from 313 square meters to 619 square meters. Power supply is readily available in Jafza’s LIU’s, ranging from 10 to 50 KVA for warehouses and 100 to 125 KVA for factories. Additional benefits include 24-hour access, two entry/exit points, sufficient parking space and a ramp for light vehicles, as well as a loading dock for containers and trucks; not to mention, every LIU is equipped with an office. Showroom and Warehouse facilities – The one of its kind Showroom-cum-Warehouses facility is structured into eight blocks comprising 68 Showroom-cum-Warehouse altogether. Each unit contains a warehouse at the rear with a glass façade showroom frontage. The showroom features a mezzanine floor, which is used as office space. The units are designed for the product display as well as storage and distribution. Land – Jafza provides land plots of various sizes ranging from 2,500 square meters up to any size requested by the client. In terms of commercial property for lease, Jafza offers the flexibility of both short-term and long-term leases with flexible payment methods. All land plots and Jafza properties are well provided with the necessary utilities and amenities that are fundamental to their developments.

Jebel Ali free zone (JAFZA) location

Situated between Jebel Ali Port the world’s 6th largest seaport and the upcoming Al Maktoum International Airport, the world’s largest cargo airport, Jafza is the only free zone in the world to be located between the two major logistic enablers. With a six lane highway Jafza will facilitate the transportation of goods (custom bound) from sea to air in just 20 minutes.Jafza is well positioned to enable its partners the fastest possible access to a market of over 2 billion people in South and West Asia, the CIS and Africa.

Jebel Ali Port is DP World’s flagship port, DP World is one of the largest marine terminal operators in the world, with 49 terminals and 12 new developments across 31 countries. In 2009, DP World handled more than 43.4 million TEU across its global portfolio.

Economic zones world (EZW)

Jafza is a flagship brand of Economic Zones World (EZW), one of the world’s biggest operators of Economic Development Zones and Business Parks. EZW currently operates TechnoPark, Dubai Auto Zone and Gazeley. EZW is Dubai World’s flag-bearer entity in the field of creation, development and management of special economic zones, logistics and industrial parks. With its focus on cultivating economic wealth worldwide, EZW has embarked on an ambitious journey of developing a strong international network of Economic Zones across the world.

Our parent Dubai holding company, Dubai World, is the Dubai Government’s leading corporate entity for developing and managing a diverse portfolio of businesses and projects. DP World, Nakheel, Limitless, DC World, and Istithmar are few of Dubai World’s leading entities. In this capacity, Dubai World has been one of the primary accelerators for Dubai’s meteoric rise in commerce and trading in the region. Dubai World has invested its talent across a wide range of strategic industry segments ranging from ports, economic zones, real estate to investments, leisure and financial services.