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Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA) offers a rapid and advantageous company registration process within the rapidly growing Middle East free zone. Hosting over 3800 companies across diverse industries, including aviation, pharmaceuticals, trade, and IT, DAFZA stands out as a designated free zone with attractive incentives. Strategically located near Dubai International Airport, it provides state-of-the-art infrastructure, serving as a gateway connecting markets in the Middle East and Africa to Europe and Asia. Foreign companies enjoy full ownership of office spaces and warehouses in a tax-free environment, making DAFZA an enticing opportunity for streamlined operations in Dubai’s business hub. Leveraging its central geographical location, DAFZA facilitates access to markets encompassing over 1.5 billion customers in the GCC, Arab nations, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

License Starting from one visa package
46,700/- AED.
Two Visa Package

Benefits of DAFZA Company Registration:

  • Premium Infrastructures & Facilities: DAFZA provides top-notch infrastructure and facilities, ensuring a high-quality business environment for registered companies.
  • Strategical Location for Business: Strategically positioned, DAFZA offers a prime location for businesses, facilitating access to key markets in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia.
  • Easy Access to Dubai Airport: Located near Dubai International Airport, DAFZA ensures convenient connectivity for businesses with global reach.
  • Affordable Company Registration Package: DAFZA offers an affordable company registration package, starting from AED 19,500, making it an attractive option for businesses seeking cost-effective solutions.
  • Quick and Easy Setup Process: The company registration process in DAFZA is streamlined, ensuring a quick and hassle-free setup for businesses.
  • Free Zone Located in Designated Area: DAFZA operates as a free zone within a designated area, providing businesses with distinct advantages and incentives.

Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA) Company Formation Cost

DAFZA license fees starts from 15,020 AED including registration address with 3 business activity under the same license category:

Type of licence | Visa Eligibility Smart Desk Package 1 Visa Eligibility Office Package Fee 2 Visas Eligibility
Business Address (Office rent)
AED 16,650
AED 25,000
License fee (Yearly)
AED 15,020
AED 15,020
Registration fee (One time)
AED 7,000
AED 7,000
Knowledge and Postal fee
AED 1,125
AED 1,125
Total fee
AED 39,795
AED 48,145

The time frame of the company registration is between 7 to 10 business days and the process could be done remotely so the presence of the shareholders is not required.

Several items to be considered with the above packages such as:

  1. DAFZA Establishment Card fee: 1st year AED 2,020 | Renewal fee: AED 1,870
  2. DAFZA Residence Visa fee: AED 3,950 per applicant
  3. Medical checkup: VIP process AED 850 | Normal Process AED 450
  4. Emirates ID application fee: AED 395.

The Process of Establishing a Business in DAFZA

Establishing a business in DAFZA follows a systematic approach, necessitating meticulous planning and adherence to the free zone’s rules and regulations. Here’s a step-by-step guide to guide you through the process:

  1. Choose your Business Activity: Determine the nature of your business activity and ensure its compatibility with DAFZA’s regulations. Consult with a business setup advisor to gain insights into activities specifically permitted in DAFZA.
  2. Select a Company Name: Choose a distinctive name for your company that aligns with the naming regulations of the free zone.
  3. Submit the Application: Submit your business setup application, including all required documents, to your consultant.
  4. Obtain the Legal Permits: Obtain necessary legal permits and approvals from relevant government authorities, such as the Dubai Municipality and the Department of Economic Development, if external approvals are required for your specific business activity.
  5. Sign the Lease Agreement: Enter into a lease agreement with DAFZA for the office or warehouse space your business requires.
  6. Register your Business: Register your business with DAFZA and obtain the necessary business license.
  7. Apply for residence visa: Get your residence visa from DAFZA immigration department and received your Emirates-ID. All banks in UAE require residency to open a bank account.
  8. Open a Bank Account: Facilitate your business transactions by opening a bank account in Dubai.

By following these steps, you can navigate the business setup process in DAFZA efficiently and ensure compliance with the free zone’s guidelines.