DAFZA Free Zone

Dubai is one of the world's most diversified cosmopolitan cities and has evolved into a regional trade and economic hub. It was ideally placed between the east and west regions, with easy access to key growing economies. By showing its booming and varied economy, it draws investors and entrepreneurs.

Dubai has more than 30 free zones, making it a worldwide economic powerhouse. Each of the free zones is distinct from the others. DAFZA is one of the most important free zones, providing world-class infrastructure, business-friendly government regulations, and venues for international events.

Characteristics of DAFZA Free Zone

Characteristic Type Characteristic Trait
Company Type Free Zone Company (FZCO)
Governing Body Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority
Minimum Number of Shareholders 1
Minimum Number of Managers 1
Accounting and Book Keeping Requirements No
Renewal Date Annual Date of Incorporation
Corporate Taxation 0%
Visa Type Employment Visa Only
Ownership 100 Percent Foreign Ownership
Type of Activities Trading/Service/Industrial/
VAT Percentage 0%
Duty for Import and Export 0%
Duration For Company Formation 12-14 Days
Paid Up Capital No Paid Up Capital
Local Partner Required No

Documents Required

  • Color Passport Copy
  • Visa status copy / Entry stamp copy
  • Passport Size Photo
  • Other documents depending on the business activity

Banking Partners

Advantages of The Free Zone

Free from corporate and personal tax

Exempt from all import and export duties

Liberal governmental policies and legal framework

Easy business setup and licensing procedures

Freehold offices available for sale or lease


Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) is considered the world's most prestigious and advanced free zone. DAFZA provides companies with an ideal base to do business in the Middle East by providing a conducive business environment, location advantage, world-class infrastructure, freedom of total ownership and exceptional facilities. As a result, it was the ideal destination for a wide variety of businesses. Whether you're a start-up or an established company, DAFZA offers free guidance to all our potential investors to explore how DAFZ can play a key role in your business's growth strategy.

The free zone provides innovative solutions that attract worldwide investors through entrepreneurship and adds value to the UAE economy. If you consider starting a business, it would be a great start and knowing how to start a business in DAFZA would benefit one starting their entrepreneurial journey.

Founded 1996
GDP contribution DAFZA accounted for 11% of Dubai's non-oil foreign trade
Government Authority DAFZA Free Zone Authority
Industries thrive in JAFZA Trading, Import and Export, Re-export, Distribution and storage of specific products, Aircraft and Spacecraft, Travel Agent, Metals and Metal Ores, Waste Trading, Equipment’s and Machine Trading
Time to incorporate 14-20 working days
Possibility of Migration No
Shareholders 1-50
Availability of Shelf Companies No
Registered office required Yes
Audit requirement Yes
Legal entities Free Zone Limited Liability Company, Free Zone Company, Branch
Business license Trade license, Industrial license, Service license, General trading license, Dual license with DED, E-commerce license
DAFZA facilities Office spaces, Warehouse/Individual space, Cold storage
Dedicated Government Service Centres Dubai Customs, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Dubai Chamber, Police Station Emirates, Post Medical clinic operated by Dubai Health Authority
Uniqueness of DAFZA Customs duty and VAT exempted zone, 24/7 customs operation and rapid cargo clearance
Top global brands Home to key fortune 500 companies

Company Formation in Free zones Ideal for

Nearby Port Service

Free Custom Duty

General Trading

Registration Process

Complete the Application Form

Complete the Application Form

Submit Your Documents to the Authority

Submit Your Documents to the Authority

Obtain Your License

Obtain Your License

Obtain Your Residency Visa

Obtain Your Residency Visa

Open Your Bank Account

Open Your Bank Account

Terms and Conditions

*Duration is subject to the constraints of the due diligence procedure.

**This would refer to the corporate tax of the company, wherein the operation of the company would take place outside the country of incorporation.

***The required documents must be provided for every individual related to the company.

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How many Dubai Airport Free Zone Companies are there in DAFZA?

There are more than 2000 companies in DAFZA.

What steps should be followed for company formation in the Dubai airport free zone?

The steps followed for company formation in DAFZA are,

  • Choose a business activity
  • Find a suitable location
  • Select a legal entity
  • Finalize a trading name
  • Obtain a relevant license
  • Obtain visa

What is a dual license with DED in DAFZA?

The dual license enables DAFZA companies to apply for a DED license even if they do not have a physical office on the mainland. The business can be operated out of DAFZA.

What are the documents required for obtaining a license in airport free zone?

The documents required for obtaining a license in DAFZA are,

  • Passport copies
  • Visa copy or entry stamp
  • Three name suggestions
  • Bank statement
  • Emirates ID (in case of a resident)

How many days does it take for a DAFZA company formation?

It takes 14-20 working days to incorporate a business in DAFZA.