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Business Set Up

Get direct access to a market of over 3.5 billion customers

Depending on the number of shareholders and the nature of business, Jafza offers three formation types, a variety of license types, and license activities, allowing companies to connecting directly to a market of more than 3.5 billion people. The number of shareholders determine the formation type for the companies being established in Jebel Ali Free Zone.

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Setting up a company in Jafza

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Multiple shareholders
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Single shareholder
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Branch company Setup
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Offshore company Setup
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Public Listed Company Setup

Setting up a company with multiple shareholders

Two to 50 shareholders can set up a Free Zone Company (FZCo) in Jebel Ali Free Zone. These shareholders can be individuals (two to 50 people), non-individuals (two to 50 companies) or a combination of both. An FZCo is essentially a Limited Liability Partnership within the Free Zone, with the liabilities of the company limited to the paid up capital.

The following documents contain the lists of documents required for registration of companies in Jafza Start Business Set up Process

Setup a Single Shareholder company

Whether an individual or a company, a single shareholder can register a Free Zone Establishment (FZE) in Jafza. An FZE is essentially a Limited Liability Partnership within the Free Zone, with the liability of the company limited to the paid up capital.

The following documents contain the lists of documents required for registration of companies in Jafza Start Business Set up Process

Setting up an Branch Company

A branch is a legal entity of its parent company. Any company established outside the Jebel Ali Free Zone can establish a branch within Jafza. The Branch Company should be 100% owned by the parent company, operate under the same name and conduct the same business.

The following documents contain the lists of documents required for registration of companies in Jafza Start Business Set up Process

Setting up an Offshore Company

Minimum of one shareholder with no restriction in the maximum number of shareholders whether individual, non-individual or combined of both can set up an Offshore company in Jebel Ali Free Zone. The Offshore company is essentially a limited liability partnership within the Free Zone, with the liabilities of the company limited to the paid up capital.

The following documents contain the list of documents required for registration of companies in Jafza and the list of registered agents.

Setting up a Public Listed company

A PLC is a company with limited liability with two or more shareholders. It is essentially a limited liability company within Free Zone, meaning that the liabilities of the company are limited to its capital paid. A PLC has a legal personality distinct from that of its shareholders and has the capacity, rights and privileges of a person. PLC must list its shares on stock exchange in accordance, it may invite public to subscribe to its shares in accordance with the Markets Law and it must list its shares on stock exchange.

The following documents contain the list of documents required for registration of companies in Jafza.

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