Jebel Ali Free Zone started operations with just 19 companies in 1985. It was a realization of a decision made by the rulers of the Emirate. Eventually, the number rose to several 1000s and today, it accounts for 32% of the UAE’s total Foreign Direct Investment, attracting 100s of Fortune 500 companies. Jebel Ali Free zone is now considered as a ‘trade catalyst’ of the UAE.
There are several aspects that have to be factored in that has helped JAFZA achieve this accolade. The factors include the convenient location, global connectivity, abundant business resources, easy operating environment etc. One of the key factors is the types of business licenses it issues, helping companies engaged in a diverse range of activities to set up shop at JAFZA.
Jebel Ali Free Zone issues three type of business licenses, where one is a prerequisite for any business to commence in JAFZA.
1) Trade License
Trade license is issued to companies looking to conduct import, export or trading business in the UAE. It will bear information on the type of goods the company is going to deal in. The company is, therefore, legally bound to comply with the norms stated in it. Generally, the application for obtaining a trade license is processed within a week following inspection, review and few legal formalities.
2) Service License
A service license is mandatory for companies to carry out any service-related business and is provided by the Dubai Department of Economic Development. Jebel Ali Free Zone allows you to run any type of service business within logistics, advertising, banking and finance, repairing, consulting, event management, hospitals, transportation sectors and more.
3) Industrial License
An industrial license is necessary if you intend to start a manufacturing or processing unit. JAFZA offers the industrial license for a host of production activities such as garments, food, jewelry, vehicles, tires, glass, leather, plastics, petroleum products, etc.
Other licenses issued by JAFZA
Compliance is mandatory for any business to operate in any location, let alone JAFZA. For specific businesses, JAFZA issues specific licenses and they are as follows:
E-Commerce License: It is a kind of trade license mainly issued for the trading of goods via the internet
Innovation License: This is required if your activities involve the development and invention of new products
National Industrial License: To obtain this license, a company should be owned by a UAE national
Offshore Registration: This is a different type of license and, is issued to entrepreneurs looking to establish an offshore company in JAFZA
A business license is crucial for launching a business setup in JAFZA. It is best to apply for it after choosing the type of business activity you wish to carry out. The application is, usually, forwarded along with ones passport copy, and other relevant documents and takes one week processing.
Company formation in JAFZA is a lucrative option as it gives you access to a market of two billion people. If you are planning to set up a business here, it is wise to approach a reputed company formation agent for the appropriate business license. It not only makes your process easier but also helps you with other registration formalities.