Why Setup a Company in Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) ?
Regarded as one of the oldest and largest Free Zones in the UAE, Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) was formed in 1985 and is home to over 8600 companies including almost 100 Global Fortune 500 corporations. Being directly linked to the world’s 7th largest container port, JAFZA serves as a vibrant trading base for businesses worldwide. Speak to our JAFZA Company Formation consultant and understand the numerous benefits of company registration in JAFZA.
Skwer Group Experts will guide you through the company formation in JAFZA process from bank account opening in UAE, submission of required documents, to all the approval process, and other value added services like Digital Marketing Services, Accounting and Audit services, we have you covered!
Prices starting from AED 50,000
Average business setup time: up to 4 weeks
Benefits of a Jebel Ali Free Zone Company ?
100% Business Ownership and Capital Repatriation
Simplify Your UAE Business Setup: License Categories and Activities in JAFZA
In the UAE, the nature of your business setup determines your license category.
When it comes to JAFZA licenses and activities, your license category aligns with your business type.
The range of activities is extensive, and JAFZA offers the following license categories:
For service-based businesses, registration is possible as a branch of an existing UAE Mainland entity.
Service and Trading licenses each have 2 and 3 types, respectively, varying by the number of activities allowed:
- 1st type: Up to 7 activities within the same group
- 2nd type: Up to 12 activities from two or more groups
- 3rd type: No restrictions on activities from 3 or more groups
Type 3 licenses in Trading essentially function as General Trading licenses.
Adding an extra activity to any license type incurs a fee of 500 AED.
Consider JAFZA company formation if your focus is on international trading, distribution, or logistics sectors. It’s a strategic choice to enhance your business prospects.
Quick & Easy Company Setup Process
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Business Licences offered By Jebel Ali Free Zone Company
License for import of raw material, and manufacturing and processing of certain goods.
License for providing services in logistics & supply chain
Commercial & Trade
License for import, export, storage, and distribution.
License for consultancy and services businesses.
License for online business and digital.
Types of Ownership
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
LLC allows non-residents to own up to 49% of company shares. To establish an LLC, foreign investors are required to appoint a local sponsor or partner who holds the remaining 51% of shares. This arrangement permits business operations within the free zone area of registration and across the UAE.
Free Zone Establishment Limited Liability Company (FZE-LLC)
An FZE, or Free Zone Establishment, represents a Limited Liability Company with a solitary shareholder, who can be either an individual or a non-individual entity (company).
Branch of Local Company
A Branch denotes an extension initiated by a parent company within JAFZA, featuring complete ownership by the parent company and governed by its name and activities.
Branch of Foreign Company
This legal entity is crafted for conducting business beyond the company’s original jurisdiction. It requires at least one shareholder, with no restriction on the maximum count, and may encompass both individuals and non-individuals (companies).
Main Characteristics of a Jebel Ali Free Zone Company
|Company Legislation||The Jebel Ali Free Zone Companies Implementing Regulations 2016|
|Time to Incorporate||20-30 working days|
|Possibility of Migration||Yes|
|Tax Rate||VAT at 5%|
|Residency Requirements||Yes, for Manager only|
|Share Capital||The Regulations do not prescribe a minimum capital, but require that a company must have a share capital that is sufficient for the activities for which it is licensed|
|Beneficial Ownership Disclosure||Shareholder, Director and Manager details are provided to JAFZA, but are not publicly available|
|Director||One as minimum and no limit for maximum (only individual)|
|Secretary||One (only individual)|
|Local Presence Requirements||Yes, for Manager only|
|Availability of Shelf Companies||No|
|Annual General Meetings||Yes|
|Filing of Accounts||No|
|Audit Requirement||Yes, must be provided to the Registrar at time of license renewal|
|Registered Office Required||Yes|
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Documents Required for Company Formation in JAFZA
|Passport copy of each shareholder as well as the directors and the secretary. The shareholder can act as director and secretary. The company will need to appoint at least two (2) directors and the second director can either be the second shareholder (if applicable) or another person appointed by the sole shareholder.|
|If the shareholder is a corporate entity, passport copies of the ultimate shareholders of the corporate entity will be required in addition to the corporate documents of all legal entities falling within the chain of shareholding up to the individual shareholders. If the corporate shareholder is based outside the UAE, the corporate documents of such shareholder will be required to be legalized and authenticated in the country of origin and the UAE. We can assist with the process of legalization and authentication.|
|Proof of residence for each shareholder, director and secretary in English language (i.e. utility bill).|
|Three (3) proposed name(s) of your company in the order of preference.|
|A description of the proposed activity of your company.|
|Simple CV of each shareholder and director.|