DUBAI FREE ZONE COMPANY

Jebel Ali free zone company formation

PROS OF JEBEL ALI FREE ZONE COMPANY

— Big choice of trading activities, up to 12 product categories per license

— Biggest UAE sea port within the Free Zone

— Warehouses and plots of land

— Retail locations outside of the Free Zone for JAFZA licenses

— The oldest and the biggest Free Zone of UAE - highly recognized and reputable

— Favoured by local banks - quicker account opening process

CONS OF JEBEL ALI FREE ZONE COMPANY

— No professional service activities (available only for branches of UAE companies)

— Personal presence for company registration is required

— Flexi-desks are often not available - need to rent physical offices

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About Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA)

Jafza or Jebel Ali Free Zone is the oldest and the biggest free zone in UAE.

JAFZA is located in the Dubai Emirate. It has its own sea port, which is the busiest port of the whole country.

A lot of well-known food and consumer goods manufacturers are located in JAFZA, thanks to its wide range of warehouses and industrial licenses.

Jafza offers trading or manufacturing business activities, but if you plan to open a service providing company, it has to be a branch of a Mainland entity.

Office facilities range from flexi desks to dedicated executive offices. Most of the time, all flexi desks are occupied.

Time-frame for company registration depends on business activity. Trading company can be registered within a couple of weeks, while industrial business is likely to take longer time. Personal visit of the shareholders is required.

In our opinion JAFZA company would suit existing medium or large businesses, but if you are a beginner and setting up the business for the first time, there may be more affordable alternative options for you in the market.

TRADING LICENCE COSTS IN JEBEL ALI FREE ZONE

Number of visas depends on office size

LICENSE TYPE VISAS INCLUDED TOTAL COST
Trading license + office no visa AED 86,935 $23,850 download breakdown
Trading license + office 1 visa AED 90,960 $24,950 download breakdown
Trading license + office 2 visas AED 94,986 $26,050 download breakdown
Trading license + office 3 visas AED 99,011 $27,150 download breakdown

GENERAL TRADING LICENCE COSTS IN JEBEL ALI FREE ZONE

Number of visas depends on office size

LICENSE TYPE VISAS INCLUDED TOTAL COST
General Trading license + office no visa AED 120,204 $32,950 download breakdown
General Trading license + office 1 visa AED 115,460 $31,650 download breakdown
General Trading license + office 2 visas AED 119,486 $32,750 download breakdown
General Trading license + office 3 visas AED 123,011 $36,219 download breakdown

DOCUMENTS FOR JEBEL ALI FREE ZONE SETUP

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INDIVIDUAL SHAREHOLDER

  • - Passport
  • - Latest utility bill as address proof
  • - Passport size photo
  • - NOC from sponsor for UAE visa holders
  • - Description of business
  • 1 week- Pre-approval
  • 1 time- Visit JAFZA for document signing
  • 1 week- Company establishing
  • 1 week- Establishment card
  • 2-3 days- Entry permit
  • 1 day- Medical Check-Up and Emirates ID (has to be done inside JAFZA)
  • 1 week- Visa stamping

Top 10 questions about Jebel Ali Free Zone company

  • If l register a company in a free zone outside of Dubai, can l live and have a bank account in Dubai?

    Yes, you can have a company registered outside Dubai, but reside in Dubai or any other Emirate. You do not have to live in the same Emirate where your visa belongs to. You can also have a bank account in a Dubai branch of any UAE bank of your choice.

  • Can I open a bank account remotely?

    No, you have to visit UAE personally. It is a requirement of a UAE Central bank which all local banks have to follow. Personal visit is required to make sure that the client is known by the bank.

  • Do banks give debit and credit cards or loans?

    Normally you can get a debit card for your newly opened company if there is only one shareholder. You can also have a credit card, but it will be given against a fixed deposit. As for the loan, it is possible to get it, but you need to show company operations and profits to the bank. Upon checking your company's turnovers and profits, a bank may approve a loan. We recommend applying for it at least after one year of company's operations.

  • Can a free zone company hold its offices outside the free zone?

    Officially an office of a free zone company has to be located only within the free zone where this company was registered. If you need an office in Dubai, you have an option to rent a space in a Business center and use it either a few times per month or daily, depending on the package that you choose. However, the free zone minimum required space (flexi desk) cannot be cancelled.

  • Why do I need a flexi desk or office?

    A flexi desk is an obligatory requirement for any company eligible for resident visas. UAE government obliges to have it because it's the minimum physical office space, that a company who has any individual under its visa must have. Apart from that, flexi desk is helpful for bank account opening. The compliance department of the banks needs to see that a company has some kind of office or at least a small physical seat, where it can be working from.

  • Do we have to pay VAT if our company is registered in the Free Zone?

    VAT obligations of the company depend not only on the place of its registration, but on the place where its business takes place. To start with, VAT comes into picture once your taxable turnover reaches 375 000 AED. Taxable turnover means the turnover which was done in the UAE. If your company is registered in a Free Zone, but the trading takes place abroad (for example you sell goods from India to Africa), that turnover is not considered taxable, because the transactions are taking place out of UAE. It means that you do not have to pay VAT. But if you have a free zone company and import goods to UAE, you have to add 5% VAT to your Invoices and pay VAT. If your company is registered in a designated free and sells the goods to another designated free zone or within the same zone, VAT does not appear.

  • Should I pay any other TAX?

    UAE is free from income tax and corporate tax. It has only imported tax 5% for the goods that you bring into the country and VAT 5% for the trading or service transactions that happened in UAE.

  • Why will a free zone company suit me better than an offshore or a mainland entity?

    Everything depends on your business model and requirements, but a free zone setup is the most suitable for the majority of the business needs. Free Zone company has 100% foreign ownership unlike mainland where you need a local partner or agent, it can be eligible for resident visas, allows doing business both in and out of UAE, more favorable by the banks in comparison to offshore companies, can have a flexi desk space instead of an executive office like in mainland companies. Free Zone is a good way to start a business for reasonable fees and without unwanted obligations.

  • Can you guarantee opening of a bank account?

    We do our best when we setup your company in such a way that would make account opening easier for you. Knowing your background and your business model, we can give you our estimation about the chances of successful account opening. The approval of the account fully depends on the bank. Each case goes to a few departments of the bank where it has to be approved before the account gets opened. If the bank has any questions or needs clarifications, it will contact you directly with the inquiries. The more clear picture about your business you give to the bank, the higher your chances of account opening are. Being a consultancy company, we cannot guarantee opening of a bank account, because it depends on the factors which do not depend on us. However, we do our best to prepare you and your company for smooth and fast account opening.

  • Should I renew my company? When? How much does it cost?

    Yes, the company should be renewed annually. The cost of the renewal is usually less than the setup cost. It depends on your company package. You can get the price by downloading the Estimate from this page. Renewal does not require personal presence of the owner and can be done by your agent. After company renewal, the new license has to be shown to the bank in order to extend the bank account. It is always included into our renewal service.

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