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Dubai Airport Freezone Authority DAFZA
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  • Dubai Airport Freezone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • +971 4 299 5555
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Dubai Airport Free Zone

Dubai Airport Freezone
PO Box 491 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel +971 4 299 5555
Fax +971 4 299 5500

Working hours are from Sunday to Thursday 7.30 am to 2.30 pm

Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority – DAFZA

The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) is an organisation that deals with import and export trades and services. Since our launch in 1996 DAFZA remains the governing body that administers trade licenses and visas to international companies wanting to do business from Dubai within the freezone.

As part of our service, Dubai Airport Freezone Authority – DAFZA offers companies a base within a modern and comprehensive environment to do business from. We also offer tax and duty exemptions, full repatriation of earnings and total business ownership. Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) helps international and local businesses incorporate in Dubai. So whether you are a cosmetics company or a crude oil supplier, the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority can help you obtain a Dubai business license. We also specialise in freezone establishments as well as the opening of a branch office of an existing company.

The process of setting up your business in Dubai Airport Freezone Authority is easy. It requires minimal paperwork and a set fee, and the processing time is fast. Our sales department will help you with every step of the way. We all know that setting up and running a new business is very challenging. That is why everyone at Dubai Airport Freezone aims to make the process as easy as possible. We are prepared to go the extra mile to help your business become the success you want it to be by swiftly dealing as a one-stop-shop with your office space requirements, registration, licensing, visa processing and an array of further operational and administrative services. As a result, you can be rest assured that setting up your business at Dubai Airport Freezone will take you less than 4 weeks.

Dubai Airport Freezone continuously reviews its Strategic Plan and updates it comprehensively every 3 years. Being the region’s ultimate freezone destination and in line with the Dubai government’s strategic direction, DAFZA’s strategic plan 2014-2016 pledges to continue attracting Foreign Direct Investment and to make a significant contribution to the welfare and betterment of the community. DAFZA hopes to achieve this by observing world class standards, increasing Emiratization, providing service excellence, protecting the environment, safeguarding employees’ health and safety, and sustaining social responsibility.

Dubai Airport Freezone offers you two different types of companies that can be set up at our premises. Each offers you different options and benefits matching your specific business requirements at Dubai Airport Freezone. You can choose either:

Free Zone Establishment (FZE) in Dubai Airport Freezone

Formed with a minimum of one shareholder and a maximum of 50, either individual (a person) or non-individual (a company). A minimum share capital of AED 1000/- is required. Each share should be in the denomination of AED 1000/-

Establishing Branch Office of an existing company in Dubai Airport Freezone

A foreign company can set up a branch of its existing company in Dubai Airport Freezone. No share capital is required. As part of our policy of assisting you and your business in every way, Dubai Airport Freezone has state-of-the-art facilities providing comprehensive business support facilities:

Business and Conference facilities at Dubai Airport Freezone

As part of our policy of assisting you and your business in every way, Dubai Airport Freezone has state-of-the-art facilities providing comprehensive business support facilities such as:

– Conference rooms
– Lecture hall
– Business lounge
– Presentation screens and presentation equipment
– Flip charts, visualiser, stationery
– Catering facilities

General facilities

Dubai Airport Freezone isn’t all about work though, as we also have facilities to make your daily life easier. There’s a food court that caters to everyone’s taste, whether you want to just have a quick bite to eat or a more formal luncheon meeting. The complex also features a travel agent, medical clinic, car rental agency, spa, coffee shops, banking and postal services and generous parking spaces on the premises.

Offices for Rent in Dubai Airport Freezone

We offer a choice of premium, offices for rent in Dubai to setup your operations. Located in our state- of-the-art Business Park, Dubai Airport Freezone offers a wide range of high quality, free-sized offices, available for rent on an annual basis.

Our offices can be individually tailored 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 25 sqm is required to obtain a license and 4 employee visas are granted with every 50 sqm rented.

Light Industrial Units at Dubai Airport Freezone

High quality, thermally insulated, purpose-built units are available to rent on an annual basis at Dubai Airport Freezone. 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.

Business Licensing at Dubai Airport Freezone

Investors planning to conduct their business activities within any Dubai free zone are required to establish their legal presence and obtain Dubai Business licence for the activities they propose to undertake. Companies looking to incorporate their services in Dubai Aiport Freezone can choose from three types of licenses, which can be selected according to your own requirements:

– Trade License Dubai Airport Freezone: import, export, distribution, storage of specific products.

– Service License Dubai Airport Freezone: requires consultation with a sales executive.

– Industrial License at Dubai Airport Freezone: light manufacturing, processing, assembling and packaging.

Additional Set Up Support from Dubai Airport Freezone

Staff Sponsorship – Dubai Airport Freezone will support the investors to process all visas, residence permits, health cards, medical reports etc. for the company staff. We will also renew the health card every three years.

Family Sponsorship – Dubai Airport Freezone will help company directors and managers to obtain visas for their families and dependents.

Support Documentation – If required, Dubai Airport Freezone will issue all relevant documentation for opening of bank accounts, vehicle registration, driving licenses etc.

Of course, Dubai Airport Freezone will provide further miscellaneous services such as registration with Dubai Chamber, registration of company name with Economic Department and other legal documentations.

Additional Operational Services

Dubai Airport Freezone 24-Hour Security – Dubai Airport Freezone offers day & night security services to all our tenants, manned by trained professional staff and supported by hi-tech equipment.

IT & Telecommunications Services at Dubai Airport Freezone – Dubai Airport Freezone offers its tenants a high-end IT infrastructure and communication systems that supports all business types. Our IT department will work with you to understand your business needs, and then design a bespoke infrastructure. The IT & telecommunication network that we design and build includes scalability, reliability and anything else necessary to ensure a stable technology environment for your business.

Government Services

Customs & Immigration – At Dubai Airport Freezone businesses operate around the clock, we offer a 24-hour customs service and rapid cargo clearance through a dedicated logistics centre.

Tas’heel (E-services) – With Tas’heel a wide selection of services are available online for speeding up processing and renewal of visa applications, residence, license, health and ID cards. Our customers can also check the status of their applications.

Furthermore, investors around the world who are interested in establishing a business entity in Dubai Airprot Freezone can apply online and gain further access to the website information of any registered company at Dubai Airport Freezone.

How to Register a Company in Dubai with DAFZA

Once you decide to set-up your company at DAFZA you need to submit the following in compliance with the rules and regulations:

Documents Required for Initial Dubai Company Formation

– Application Form
– Letter of Intent (summary of company profile at DAFZA)
– Profile of the company/business plan
– Company brochure (if available)
– Annual financial report or shareholder(s) 6 months bank statement
– Copy of the manager’s passport and CV
– Copy of shareholder(s) passport and CV
– Original (not a copy) bank reference letter (shareholders)
– No Objection letter for manager (if a resident of UAE and UAE employment visa-holder)
– No Objection letter from the relevant Dubai authority. For example, if your business is in the IT sector then you will need to get a no objection letter from the IT sector.

After obtaining initial approval the client will:

Pick an office space from our stunning selection that’s the most appropriate size and layout for your business requirements. Decide whether you’ll require our excellent value fit-out service for your office, or if you’ll be doing that independently. Then, once the office is finalized:

– Invoice is issued
– Payment must be submitted within two weeks
– Lease agreement is prepared
– Office keys may be collected.

After making the necessary selections regarding the office space the client can prepare the legal documents, or our licensing team can prepare the legal documents for FZE (Individuals Only)

Documents required for registration (see above):

All legal documents should be:

– Notarized by a notary public
– Attested by UAE embassy (country of origin)
– Attested by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in UAE

When all the above is complete, your business license will then be issued along with the share capital certificate.

DAFZA FAQs about how to start business in Dubai

Setting up a Business in a Dubai Freezone

What is a Freezone?

A freezone is an area where business is conducted without the restrictions normally applied to foreign businesses, such as requiring a partner with UAE nationality, or corporate or income tax.

Do I need a UAE Partner to form a company?

One of the many advantages of setting up a company in DAFZA is that it allows 100% foreign ownership. You do not need a UAE Partner to form a company at DAFZA.

Is corporate or income tax applied to companies or to individuals?

No corporate or income tax is levied on individuals or companies operating within the Freezone.

How many shareholders are required to form a company?

A minimum of one shareholder and maximum of 50 is required to form a company.

What is the minimum share capital required to form company?

The minimum share capital for a Freezone company is AED 1,000.

Is DAFZA Freezone part of the Airport?

Although it is situated right on the apron of Dubai Airport, DAFZA is not part of the airport.

Obtaining a Licence

What are the different categories of licenses issued by DAFZA?

DAFZA offers three types of licenses: Trading, Service and Industrial License.

Where can I obtain the legal documents required for a Branch or FZE ?

Via our Licensing Department.

How long does it take to register a company after submitting all legal documents and settling payment?

It will take 2 working days after submitting all legal documents and settling payment.

What is the method of payment for facilities at Dubai Airport Freezone?

Advance payment in full is required.

What activities are allowed in Dubai Airport Freezone?

All trading activities including trading of specific products are allowed, as long as they are not hazardous or illegal.

Applying for a Visa

How does one apply for a visa?

Simply login with your company’s Tas’heel username and password through Dubai Airport Freezone’s website and submit a request for visas. You can also submit a request via the DAFZA mobile app.

What are the required visa documents?

Initially no documents are required; the first stage is to submit the visa application online and forward a passport copy to the commercial operations by fax or e-mail (fax number is available on Tas’heel).

How long does it take for the visa to be issued?

Normally 3-4 working days. It is possible to expedite this to 1-2 working days in urgent cases.

Contact Information

Dubai Airport Freezone
PO Box 491 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel +971 4 299 5555
Fax +971 4 299 5500
Working hours are from Sunday to Thursday 7.30 am to 2.30 pm

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