Dubai Airport Free Zone

Business setup in Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA)

Founded in 1996 to complement the Government of Dubai’s strategy to attract international investment, DAFZA is a leading destination for company formation in Dubai and has become one of the most successful economic free zones, not only in the UAE but worldwide, and accounts for 4.7% of Dubai’s total GDP.

Location

There are a number of factors to take into account during company formation. But business setup consultants will advise that location is key, especially for free zone business setup in the UAE, where rapid access to major ports, airports and transport infrastructure is essential for conducting business in the region and globally. DAFZA is situated next to Dubai International Airport, and businesses within DAFZA are directly linked to one of the busiest and most connected airports in the world, with over 150 airlines flying passengers and cargo to 220 destinations across the globe. Such rapid access to established and emerging markets is one of the key reasons over 1600 firms have chosen DAFZA as their Dubai company setup location.

Facilities

DAFZA’s infrastructure has grown considerably since its establishment and the total site covers 696,000 sq. meters. There are 13 large buildings with modern spacious offices, business essentials such as conference rooms, a large lecture halls, and lounges. There are over 256 warehouses now on site. All facilities are designed with the end user in mind and are adjusted to meet the demands of clients by highly trained employees.

There are also supporting services on offer, such as banking and postal services, coffee shops, restaurants, car rental, travel agents, and even a spa. 24-hour security is on site, plus governmental facilities, including immigration and customs services.

Industries within DAFZA

There is a wide range of industries that have been attracted to DAFZA. Its free zone company formation offers 100% foreign ownership, zero currency restrictions and 100% tax exemption for companies and their employees. With immediate access to Dubai International Airport and a significant amount of warehouse space on DAFZA’s site, import and export companies have a large presence within DAFZA.

Many other industries have chosen DAFZA for business setup in UAE, including:

  • Aerospace and Aviation
  • Logistic and Freight
  • Engineering
  • IT
  • Telecommunications
  • Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics
  • F&B
  • Jewelry and Precious Stones

Achievements

DAFZA aims to offer premier business services, allowing its clients unrivalled access to regional and global markets. DAFZA has also refined the often-complex process of company setup in Dubai. Since its inception, DAFZA’s efforts to create a leading free zone have been recognized with countless major awards. Some of these include:

Many other industries have chosen DAFZA for business setup in UAE, including:

  • Best Economic Free Zone in the world, FDI – Financial Times Group 2012
  • Best Economic Airport Free Zone in the region and second internationally, FDI Magazine – Financial Times Group 2010t
  • Best Economic Free Zone in the Middle East, FDI – Financial Times Group 2013
  • Three Stevie awards (International Business Awards, USA): 1) New Innovative product or service of the year 2012, 2) Best IT Department of the year 2012, 3) Best Marketing Department of the year 2012
  • HH Sheikh Hamadan bin Mohammed Award for Best Customer Service 2014
    Best Economic Airport Free Zone in the region and second internationally, FDI Magazine – Financial Times Group.

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