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Why to setup business in Dubai Airport free zone?


Dubai Airport Free Zone also known as DAFZA, is one of the world’s most modern free zone that has been providing the most lucrative investment opportunities to entrepreneurs for their business setup in Dubai since its establishment in 1996.

DAFZA encourages diversification across the free zone. It currently houses over 1,600 multinational companies from various industries such as electronic, IT, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, engineering and building materials, aerospace and aviation, logistics and freight, food and beverage etc. The free zone offers unparalleled solution to global business sector and contributes approximately 4.7% to Dubai’s GDP.

DAFZA performance in first half of 2018 underscores the flexible business and investment environment in the free zone. There was 11% growth in operational profit, 8% growth in total revenues, 15% growth in number of registered companies and 43% increase in leasable area. This is in comparison to first half of 2017. These positive figures are direct reflection of successful economic development strategy.

Read More: DAFZA Slashes Business Set-Up Cost By Up To 65%

This is why we encourage entrepreneurs for company formation in DAFZA as it can be the best choice for your business. Let’s look at the key benefits.

Tax incentives

  • 100% corporate tax exemption
  • 100% personal income tax exemption
  • 100% import & export tax exemption

Investment Incentives:

  • 100% foreign company ownership
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • No currency restrictions

Strategic Location

DAFZA is simply the best in town and region in terms of its location. Investors will enjoy the advantage of Dubai International Airport which is quite near to the free zone.

  • Dubai International Airport makes business travel very easy; more than 150 airlines connect 220 destinations across 6 continents.
  • Moreover, businesses will have easy access to logistics and cargo handling facilities catering to import and export needs.
  • Lastly, Dafza’s central location provides quick access to key business hot spots in Dubai that will help in ease of functioning and making business more productive.

Attracting international Companies

DAFZA provides the most attractive incentive packages, connectivity and support to multinational companies from every continent. It keeps pace with international market requirements, economic policies and developments across various global business sectors. This is why leading international companies such as Japanese ASAHI YUKIZAI, Irish Aerogen have their regional headquarter in DAFZA.

Quality Investment Facilities and Services

Office Spaces

DAFZA has state-of-the-art Business Park which offers wide range of products depending upon business preferences such as Package Solutions for new startups (Smart Desk Package, Business Desk office Package, Business Enabled Office Package); Executive Suite Office Packages (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum Package); Customizable office Solutions where you can customize your work environment for your corporate identity and branding as well as high quality, thermal insulated, purpose-built Light Industrial Units that can be used as warehouse or for light production.


DAFZA offers comprehensive range of Dubai company formation and administrative services to its prospective and existing clients. They include,

  1. Business setup (Licensing and registration) services
  2. Employee and family sponsorship services
  3. Administrative support
  4. IT and telecommunication services
  5. Housekeeping and building maintenance
  6. 24/7 security

Wide Range of Activity Options

DAFZA offers four kinds of business licenses; Trade License, Service License, Industrial license and General Trading license. This is one of the key selling points of DAFZA that wide range of business activities is permitted.

Easy Business Setup Process

The streamlined business setup process supports entrepreneurs closely through each stage of their company formation, from deciding on the type of business you wish to run and choosing the appropriate license, to fitting and furnishing your office. There are just three simple steps required to start business in the free zone,

  • Select your company Type
  • Submit the required documents for initial review and approval
  • Sign the lease, register your company and collect office keys

If you are considering establishing a company in Dubai Airport Free Zone, we highly recommend you seek professional advice and guidance from a company formation specialist such as KWS Middle East. Our Dubai Business Setup Consultants will remove the complexity of setting up your business in UAE and handle overall process correctly so as to save your time and resources.

Contact us on 00971-(04) 871 4313 or email your query on

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