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JAFZA – Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority commenced operations in 1985 and today stands out as a leading business hub of the Middle East. JAFZA’s focus is on long term customer relationships, fostering alliances with global investors by providing them world class infrastructure supported with quality driven value-added services and incentives, enabling them to capitalize on huge business opportunities in the region. JAFZA boasts of being the first free zone in the world to win ISO certification in 1996. JAFZA is one of the fastest growing Free Zones in the MEASA region, which gives direct access to a market of over 2 billion people.
JAFZA is determined to remain a powerful symbol that helps drive the development of Dubai, providing exciting and unlimited possibilities for industrial development, being the largest free zone in the MENA region.
Over the years, JAFZA has been attracting some of the biggest and most reputed businesses across several industries from its unique, value-added business setup in Dubai benefits.
The new developments at the Jebel Ali Free Zone and the surrounding region are designed to make JAFZA one of the most efficient sea-air hubs, completed with a 6-lane highway that will help keep goods custom-bound (helping to minimize processing time) as they are transported from port to cargo aircraft in just 20 minutes. Jebel Ali Free Zone is the world’s only free zone located between one of the world’s largest airports and a sea port. The Jebel Ali Free Zone has Jebel Ali Port, world’s 7th largest container port on one side and the Al Maktoum International Airport, one of the world’s largest cargo airports on the other side.
Jebel Ali Free Trade zone is located at Jebel Ali Port, the largest harbor in the world that is connected to all ports worldwide. The strategic location of Jebel Ali free zone directory means that it has access to most of the markets globally while Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum Cargo Airport are close by.
JAFZA has been one of the main drivers of Dubai and the UAE’s phenomenal economic growth over the years. JAFZA has successfully been attracting “crème de la crème” in all business sectors from all over the world by sheer force of its unique value-added offerings and propositions.
The number of shareholders determine the formation type for the companies being established in Jebel Ali Free Zone.
1. Multiple shareholders
Two to 50 shareholders can set up a Free Zone Company (FZCo) in Jebel Ali Free Zone. These shareholders can be individuals (two to 50 people), non-individuals (two to 50 companies) or a combination of both. An FZCo is essentially a Limited Liability Partnership within the Free Zone, with the liabilities of the company limited to the paid-up capital.
Two to 50 shareholders can also set up a Public Listed Company (PLC) within the Free Zone. These shareholders can be individuals (two to 50 people), non-individuals (2 to 50 companies) or a combination of both. A PLC is essentially a Limited Liability Partnership within the Free Zone, with the liabilities of the company limited to the paid-up capital.
Whether an individual or a company, a single shareholder can register a Free Zone Establishment (FZE) in JAFZA. An FZE is essentially a Limited Liability Company within the Free Zone. An FZCo is essentially a Limited Liability Partnership within the Free Zone, with the liabilities of the company limited to the paid-up capital. A FZCo has a legal personality distinct from that of its shareholder and it has the capacity, rights and privileges of a natural person.
2. Any existing established entity
Branch within the Free Zone can be registered by any entity already established outside Jebel Ali Free Zone. A branch is considered a legal entity of its parent company; is 100% owned by the parent company, operates under the same name and conducts the same business.
In order to initiate the business license application process, our professional specialists can prepare, review, attest, and submit the legal documentation.
UAE Free Zones covers all aspects of doing business in the UAE and Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority countries. While based in the UAE, we offer comprehensive services for doing business in the Middle East including all the Free Trade Zone and offshore company formation. We have already rendered our assistance to more than 1000 companies to set up their operations in UAE.