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Business Setup in DAFZA: Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority

DAFZA: Business Setup in Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority

Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA) was established in 1996 and is now one of the fastest-growing free zones in the Gulf and the Middle East. It is located adjacent to the Dubai International Airport, which makes it one of the most sought-after free zones. It offers a variety of facilities and a very good infrastructure. It is home to more than 1600 companies and 15000+ professionals.


  • A strategic location as it is situated next to the Dubai International Airport along with world-class infrastructure which provides clients an upper hand to perform all business activities efficiently and effectively 
  • It offers 24/7 customs services and rapid cargo clearance 
  • Dedicated logistics centre 
  • 100% corporate tax exemption 
  • 100% personal income tax exemption
  • 100% import and export tax exemption
  • 100% foreign enterprise ownership
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • No currency restrictions

The DAFZA Company Formation Process- 

The process is quite easy. It involves the three basic steps- 

  1. Choose your license type 
  2. Choose your company type 
  3. Choose your space 

The types of licenses for a DAFZA company formation

Trading License:

Allows importing, exporting, distributing, consolidating, and storing almost all product types. 

Industrial License:

Allows the implementation of all light production activities that are specified in the license. 

Service License:

Allows the carrying out of service or consultancy activities specified in the license. 

E-commerce License:

With this license, permission is given to trade goods and services online. 

General Trading License:

This license allows the holder to trade in general activities such as import, export, re-export, storage, and distribution. 

Dual License with DED:

This license allows DAFZA-registered companies to apply for a DED (Dubai Department of Economic Development) Licence without any need for physical office space on the mainland. Basically, businesses possessing this license can operate out of DAFZA. 

Available Business Structures

Business Structures available at DAFZA

1. Free Zone Limited Liability Company

A free zone limited liability company in DAFZA can be a wholly owned company or an independent legal entity. At least one director is required. 

2. Branch Company

It is the branch of an existing company with no share capital requirements. 

Offerings of Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority

Facilities available at DAFZA

  • Office space
    • Licensing, registration, and insurance 
    • Fully furnished  
    • IT equipment and services 
    • Housekeeping 
    • Reserved Parking 
  • Power availability up to 200kW which suits all business sizes 
  • Warehousing and Industrial Space 
  • Cold Storage 
  • Retail Outlets 
  • Light Industrial Units 
  • DAFZA Industrial Park
    • Twenty employment visas for spaces 350 sqm. and below 
    • Thirty employment visas for spaces above 350 sqm. 
    • Thirty Three warehouses 
    • Ten cold-storage enabled warehouses 
    • 312 sqm. average warehouse size 
    • 117 sqm. is the average office area per warehouse (Blocks C & D) 
    • 7.9 m minimum warehouse height 
    • 11.1 m maximum warehouse height 
    • Individual loading and unloading areas 
    • Daylight adaptive design 

The Business Activities permitted in Dubai Airport Free Zone

Variety of business activities to select from

  • Education 
  • Banks, Finance and Credit 
  • Investment 
  • Insurance 
  • Restaurants, Bars and Canteens 
  • Railway 
  • Aircraft and Spacecraft 
  • Petrol/ Crude Petrol/ Oil and Natural Gas 
  • Electronics and Electrical Group 
  • Legal Services 
  • Business and Management consultancy services 
  • Engineering, architectural activities, and the relevant technical consultancy 
  • Other Service / Trade Activities which are subjected to approval 
  • Transport, Shipping, and Storage 
  • Travel Agent 
  • Motor Vehicles & Auto Spare Parts 
  • Representative Office
  • Agricultural raw materials and live animals and Plants 
  • Foodstuff and Beverages 
  • Textiles, Clothing, and Footwear 
  • Advertising 
  • Stationery & Books 
  • Household & Furniture Trading 
  • Jewelry 
  • Sports Equipment 
  • Perfumery, Medicines, Beauty 
  • Spectacles & Contact Lenses 
  • Metals & Metal Ores 
  • Building Materials 
  • Agricultural, Flowers & Plants 
  • Chemical 
  • Waste Trading 
  • Bags, Packaging Material & Paper Trading 
  • Equipment & Machines 

The documents required for business setup: 

  • Application Form 
  • Business Plan 
  • Personal Bank Statements of 6 months 
  • Original bank reference letter 
  • Passport of the shareholder and the other officers, manager, director, and secretary if applicable. 
  • No Objection Letter for the manager (if he is a resident of UAE and a UAE employment visa-holder) 

After obtaining the initial approval, the applicant is required to submit the following documents-

  • Notarized and Attested Owner’s declaration regarding the establishment of the company in Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority and guarantee for full financial commitment 
  • Attachment of Notarized and Attested Power of Attorney of Manager, Director, and Secretary as applicable  
  • Notarized and Attested Appointment of Legal representative, if applicable and their passport copy 
  • Specimen Signature to be provided in DAFZA’s presence. 
  • Signed office rental agreement 

DAFZA Square Business Centre 

Grow your business at DAFZA

1. DEIRA Meeting Room

It has the following features- 

  • Video and audio conferencing (available at cost for international calls) 
  • Wireless presentations 
  • Built-in computer 
  • Physical connectivity (HDMI/VGA/A-VGA) 
  • Display screen 
  • Nano table PC 
  • DAFZA stationary 
  • Complimentary hot beverages 
  • Complimentary WiFi 
  • Free parking 

2. Al-Wasel Meeting Room

  • 20-pax capacity
  • Video and audio conferencing that are available at cost for international calls 
  • Wireless presentations 
  • Built-in computer 
  • Physical connectivity (HDMI/VGA/A-VGA) 
  • Display screen 
  • Nano table PC 
  • DVD player 
  • Document camera 
  • DAFZA stationary 
  • Complimentary hot beverages 
  • Complimentary WiFi 
  • Free parking 

3. Jumeirah Conference Room 

  • 30-pax capacity 
  • Video and audio conferencing that are available at cost for international calls 
  • Wireless presentations 
  • Built-in computer 
  • Physical connectivity (HDMI/VGA/A-VGA) 
  • Display screen 
  • Nano table PC 
  • DVD player 
  • Document camera 
  • 23 touch screens 
  • DAFZA stationary 
  • Complimentary hot beverages 
  • Complimentary WiFi 
  • Free parking 

4. Al Majlis Function Room 

  • 200-pax capacity 
  • Three display screens 
  • Wireless presentations 
  • Live recording camera 
  • Podium PC 
  • Podium microphone 
  • Wireless handheld microphones 
  • Lapel microphone 
  • Podium HDMI/VGA port 
  • DAFZA stationary 
  • Complimentary hot beverages 
  • Complimentary WiFi 
  • Free parking 

5. Auditorium 

  • 225-pax capacity 
  • Suitable for presentations, training sessions, seminars, remote lectures, cultural events, and programmes 
  • Podium with interactive panels 
  • Wireless multi-way presentation (smartphones/laptops/Mac/PC) 
  • HD recording system (podium and screen) 
  • Annotation and whiteboard facilities on the podium 
  • Video conferencing through People+ content system 
  • Live streaming 

The various types of services provided by DAFZA

DAFZA Services

1. Business Services

Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority offers a variety of business setup and administrative services to both their new and existing clients. These services aim to make day-to-day business operations smooth and easy. They have a one-stop-shop concept within DAFZA, which includes all of the necessary government departments and private entities that are needed to set up and run the company. A dedicated government service centre, banks, telecommunications companies, and other service providers are other services available. 

2. Service Portal

DAFZA provides an online service portal, which is an integrated platform, and it not only helps in setting up a company but also is a gateway for all the needs after business registration. It can be accessed directly through the smartphone and features more than 250 essential DAFZA services. 

3. Operational Services at DAFZA 

  • Leasing and Licensing- Incorporation and registration of a new Free Zone establishment or a branch of a foreign company, Freezone licensing and Office lease agreements 
  • Interiors and Facilities Management- In-house interior design services, turnkey solutions with convenient payment plans, fit-out and retrofit activities approvals, housekeeping and building maintenance, HVAC, central cooling systems, and emergency power 
  • Government Services- Visas, which include employment visas, visit visas and dependents’ visas, Family sponsorship, Visa transfer, and Employment contracts 
  • Dedicated Government Service Centres- Dubai Customs, Dubai Police, Directorate of General Residency and Foreign Affairs, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Chamber, and Emirates Post 
  • Information and Communication Technology-  Telecom services, Telephone line and services, Etisalat and Du connectivity, IT support packages and integrated solutions 
  • Security Services- 24/7 security with CCTV surveillance, Entry permits, Car park leasing, Comprehensive safety systems which include fire alarms, smoke and heat detectors, automatic sprinklers and emergency lighting), and Certified fire safety training 
  • Other Service Providers- Emirates NBD, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Etisalat, Du, Travel agencies and Visa Services 

4. Visa Services 

It provides all business owners with visas and healthcare cards for their family and staff. 

-Staff Sponsorship 

At DAFZA, support to business owners is offered for processing visas, residence permits, and healthcare cards. It is also ensured that medical reports and any other necessary staff documentation are completed. 

-Family Sponsorship 

It can provide assistance to company directors and managers to obtain visas for their families and dependants. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority

1. For what period is the DAFZA license valid? 

The DAFZA license is valid for one year. 

2. Are audit reports to be submitted annually? 

Yes, companies established in DAFZA have to submit audit reports annually.

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Dubai Airport Free Zone Company Formation

N R Doshi & Partners

N R Doshi and Partners has been helping investors realize their dream to establish and expand their business in Dubai and UAE. We help them select the right free zone considering their business activities; we guide them on choosing the right license type, and complete all the company formation formalities on their behalf.  

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