Jebel Ali Free Zone - About

The leading Free Zone in the Middle East and a world-class trade and logistics hub

Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) is Dubai’s first and the most successful Free Zone of the region. Since we opened to business in 1985 with 19 companies we have grown to more than 8,000 today, including 100 Global Fortune 500 enterprises. Jafza is one of the most competitive locations to establish your business and see it grow. We offer businesses customised platforms for global connectivity and connections to a network of business leaders with a history of success.


Our ecosystem is created around simplified business operations in Dubai’s dynamic market with its cosmopolitan lifestyle. Everything in Jafza is designed to meet the unique needs of manufacturing and trading companies. Jafza-based businesses benefit from the multimodal Dubai Logistics Corridor, with its Custom-bonded connectivity between Jebel Ali Port and Al Maktoum International Airport. We are a gateway hub to the UAE, the GCC and a broader regional market of 3.5 billion people.


Together with Jebel Ali Port, Jafza generates 33.4% of Dubai's GDP. We account for over 16.2% of Dubai's total employment. Jafza-based employees are twice as productive as the average employee in Dubai and 1.4 times that of the average UAE employee. Businesses established in Jafza are VAT designated and benefit from the tax exemption facility. Jafza’s Dual Licensing Provision allows access to mainland and free zone business opportunities.


Jafza’s Location: Multimodal Connectivity


Geographically, Jafza is one of the few ‘Trade Gateways’ that is strategically located midway between Asia and Europe. With this location, we offer trade access for GCC, ISC and Africa. A business associated with Jafza opens an opportunity to tap markets of over 3.5 billion consumers.

A logistics hub for the Arabian gulf, we provide sea connectivity to 80+ weekly services to over 150 direct ports of calls and more than 180 shipping lines.