Dubai Airport Freezone Authority - Your own success zone

Established in 1996 as a part of the Dubai Government's strategic plan to be an investment driven economy, Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) is one of the fastest-growing premium free zones in the region. The free zone is currently home to over 1,600 companies from various industry sectors including:

  • aviation
  • freight and logistics
  • IT and telecommunications
  • pharmaceuticals
  • engineering
  • food & beverage
  • jewelry and cosmetics.

Located strategically within the boundaries of Dubai International Airport, DAFZA offers a range of modern facilities with state-of-the-art infrastructure.

International investors can enjoy dynamic growth through DAFZA's excellent incentive packages including 100% tax exemption, 100% foreign ownership and no currency restrictions.

In 2012, DAFZA was named the Number One Free Zone in the World by Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) magazine, moving up from second place in 2011. Other accolades from fDi include the top Middle East Free Zone of the Future 2013/14, the third consecutive year that DAFZA has received the award.

DAFZA's commitment to quality is recognised by worldwide ISO certificates for quality, environment, health and safety, information security management system and complaints handling system. In 2010, DAFZA won the Dubai Quality Appreciation Programme award in the service category.


Dubai Airport Freezone operates under Law No. 25 of 2009, and the overall policy and direction of its chairman H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. It is managed by the director general Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni and his team of assistant directors and managers.

What we do

We all know that setting up and running a new business is very challenging. That is why everyone at Dubai Airport Freezone aims to make the process as easy as possible. We are prepared to go the extra mile to help your business become the success you want it to be by acting as a one-stop-shop for your office space requirements, registration, licensing, visa processing, and an array of further operational and administrative services. As a result, you can be rest assured that setting up your business at Dubai Airport Freezone will take you less than four weeks.

Types of companies

Dubai Airport Freezone offers you two different types of companies that can be set up at our premises. Each offers you different options and benefits matching your specific business requirements. You can choose either:

Free Zone Establishment (FZE) - Formed with a minimum of one shareholder and a maximum of 50, either individual (a person) or non-individual (a company). A minimum share capital of AED 1000/- is required. Each share should be in the denomination of AED 1000/-.

Branch office of an existing company - A foreign company can set up a branch of its existing company in Dubai Airport Freezone. No share capital is required.

Please note that the share capital is not a fixed deposit.

About Dubai

Dubai, located strategically at the crossroads of three continents, offers a unique gateway to foreign investors and access to a regional population of 1.8 billion. Not only is it a centre for commerce, it is also an innovative, vibrant city perfectly suited to the 21st century, a melting pot of cultures where you, your employees and your clients will enjoy working, living and visiting. You can be rest assured that there are excellent healthcare, leisure, shopping and sports facilities, world-class educational institutions and high-quality residential accommodation. Thanks to a progressive, tolerant, secular and multicultural society, Dubai has achieved political stability for over 35 years.

And, as with any successful city, you can expect financial stability, highly developed transport links, reliable power and utility supplies, modern telecommunications facilities, and top international exhibition and conference venues.

All this can only mean one thing: growth that is set to continue well into the future. As the leading regional commercial hub, having a business in Dubai Airport Freezone gives overseas companies access to a market of outstanding potential, in a wide range of sectors. This is why so many international companies have already chosen to settle their regional operations in Dubai.

Contact Details

Dubai Airport Freezone Authority
PO Box 491 Dubai
United Arab Emirates
+971 4 202 7000
[email protected]

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Dubai Airport Freezone 12 May 2014 Dubai Airport Freezone, or DAFZA, was established in 1996 as part of the government’s strategic plan to be an investment-driven economy. It is structured around contemporary business needs, and offers companies an ideal base to do business in the Middle East with generous incentives, tax and duty exemptions, full repatriation of earnings, freedom of total ownership, comprehensive facilities and modern infrastructure.

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