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Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA)

Dubai Airport Free Zone, located next to Dubai International Airport, is home to more than 1,500 companies covering a vast number of key industry sectors including aviation, freight and logistics, IT and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, engineering, food and beverage, jewellery and cosmetics.

Main Benefits

  • 100% ownership.
  • No tax on corporate gains or personal incomes
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • Exemption from import and export duties

Established in 1996 as part of Dubai Government's strategic plan to move the emirate towards an investment driven economy, Dubai Airport Free Zone has grown to become the region's fastest growing free zone.

Located next to Dubai International Airport, Dubai Airport Free Zone provides unrivalled access to 24-hour logistics services, world-class facilities and infrastructure. The free zone also provides direct access to a number of government services, including Immigration, Customs and the Chamber of Commerce – helping to streamline red-tape procedures and provide clear processes and guidelines.

Business Licensing in DAFZA

DSOA issues the following three types of licenses based on the business activity a company looking to set up in DSOA plans to conduct.

Trade License: allows trading (activities related to import, export and distribution) of products specified in license subject to the regulations of the license issuing authority.

Service License: allows the registered entity to carry out specified services like lawyers, accounting firms and business consultants.

Industrial License: allows to import raw materials, carry out the manufacture of specified products, process, assemble, package and export the finished product to any country. Manufacturing activities are however limited and closely monitored due to safety regulations.

Advantages of Setting Up in DAFZA

Dubai Airport Free Zone has become the premium free zones due to its unique advantages:

  • Strategic location in the heart of Dubai and neighbouring Dubai International Airport
  • State of the art infrastructure and facilities
  • Dedicated Logistics Centre and extensive cargo handling facilities
  • Direct access to government services: Immigration, Customs, Chamber of Commerce
  • One stop shop for all administrative services
  • Easy access to the facilities at Dubai International Airport with its connectivity to 220 destinations through 130 airlines

Tax Incentives

  • 100% corporate tax exemption
  • 100% import and export tax exemption
  • 100% personal income tax exemption

Investment Incentives

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • No customs duty
  • No currency restrictions

Certificates Held - OHSAS 18001:1999, ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 27001:2008.

Setting Up Process in DAFZA

Setting up a business in Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA) requires planning and decision making through different phases. This involves preparation of comprehensive business plan, choosing suitable infrastructure, estimating required human work force etc. The business registration or licensing process can be completed only after depositing the minimum capital mandated by Dubai Airport Free Zone in a bank account in UAE. A company being formed may have either an individual shareholder or corporate shareholder or both. The incorporation process requires the shareholders to sign the documents in the presence of DAFZA representatives.

Types of Legal Entities in DAFZA

An individual or a corporate entity can do business in Dubai Airport Free Zone being registered in any of the following legal forms:

  • Free Zone Establishment (FZE) – entity with one shareholder
  • Free Zone Company (FZC) – entity with 2 to 5 shareholders
  • Branch of a Foreign Company
  • Branch of a Local Company

Business Infrastructure in DAFZA

DAFZA Facilities

Office Units

Dubai Airport Free Zone offers a wide range of high quality, free-sized offices, available for rent on an annual basis. You can individually tailor these offices to create an environment that reflects your company's identity and branding. Each office is equipped with carpeting, wallpaper, false ceiling and window shades, and only the finest materials are used. A minimum space of 50 sqm is required to obtain a license and 4 employee visas are granted with every 50 sqm rented.

Light Industrial Units

High quality, thermally insulated, purpose-built units are available to rent on an annual basis. Tenants are allowed to choose between using their LIU as either, a warehouse for storage and distribution, or as a factory for assembly and light production. If required, multiple units can be used to suit individual requirements. Each LIU of approximately 350 sqm has ground and mezzanine floor offices and is conveniently located close to the airport's apron.

Land Plots

If you wish to construct your own warehouse or factory, Dubai Airport Free Zone offers plots of land on lease, in varying sizes. Up to 60% of the allotted land can be utilized for construction. To conform to environmental requisites and in keeping with the policy of promoting and encouraging environmentally sound technologies, Dubai Airport Free Zone will ensure that factories or warehouses constructed within our facility comply with environmentally safe production procedures. Minimum area available is 2,500 sqm. The lease term is 15 years, renewable every 15 years with one month's notice.

24-hour security

High-end IT infrastructure and communication systems

24-hour customs service and rapid cargo clearance through a dedicated logistics centre.

Business and Conference Facilities

Banking and postal services

Coffee shops and food court



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