The Dubai Jebel Ali Free Zone was established in 1985 and is located at the southwestern end of the city state. The Jebel Ali Free Zone began its operations with a few office units and warehouses, in 1990 expanding its operations by creating new light industrial facilities. Many international companies have subsidiaries in the Jebel Ali Free Zone and benefit from quality services and incentives helping them in their business undertakings.
Currently, the Jebel Ali Free Zone is among the largest business networks in the Middle East. It is also the first free zone in Dubai and in the world to obtain an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certification in 1996.
Foreign companies operating in Dubai free zones benefit from exemptions on import duties. Also, if concluding partnerships with other Dubai companies may benefit from other exemptions and incentives. Foreign companies may apply for trade and industrial licenses in the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai. Most companies in the Jebel Ali Free Zone deal with exports. Among the incentives foreign investors may benefit from in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, there are:
Foreign investors may choose between the following three types of companies to incorporate in Jebel Ali Free Zone:
Once the Dubai company type selected, the investor may define the business’ activity and apply for the adequate license.
The following documents must be provided for all types of companies:
Depending on the type of company, additional documents will be required and we invite you to contact our company incorporation agents in Dubai to find out what specific documents are necessary for setting up a business in the Jebel Ali Free Zone.