Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA) is a well-established zone that deals with import and export trades and services, established in 1996. It offers companies a base within a modern and comprehensive environment to do business from.

Investors who are planning to incorporate their companies at DAFZA have a wide range of options in terms of licence and company types.

Licence Types:

Trade LicenceCompanies that activities are linked to any import or export related businesses.
Service Licence Companies conducting services or consultancies across any industry.
Industrial LicenceCompanies that do manufacturing, importing, packaging and exporting of products.
General Trading Licence A General Trading license allows the holder to trade in general activities including import, export, re-export, store, and distribute.

Company Types:

FZCO SetupThe FZCO company type is like a limited liability company that can operate within the Free Zone. Shareholders may be individuals, corporate entities or a combination of the two.
FZCO Features:
– Can be from 1-50 shareholders (individual, corporate or both)
– Minimum share capital: AED 1,000 (USD 272) per shareholder
– Value of each share: AED 1,000 (USD 272)
Branch SetupExisting companies can establish a Branch of their parent company in DAFZA. No share capital is required.
Branch Features:
– 100% owned by parent company
– Same business name as parent company
– Same business activities as parent company

The free zone has its own internal immigration department that processes the visa of all employees under the registered companies in the zone. As well as outstanding internal property advisors who can assist clients when choosing the appropriate facility for their business.

A wide range of premium office spaces and light industrial units, including fitted office spaces, co-working spaces, serviced offices, packages, and executive suites to accommodate ventures sizing from start-ups to large corporations are available in the zone. The premises are in the state-of-the-art Business Park, available for rent on an annual basis.

Clients can choose from ready-to-move-in spaces, or use a fit-out service. Properties have great views, for example the Dubai International Airport runway, and a variety of floor plans provides a layout that suits all the clients’ needs.
For more details on the company formation procedure, please see – www.propartnergroup.com/free-zone-formation/free-zone-procedures

It is imperative to first seek professional advice and guidance if you are considering establishing a company in Dubai Airport Free Zone, appointing a company formation specialist such as PRO Partner Group will remove the complexity of setting up your business, ensuring that the process is handled correctly to save time and resources.

Patricia Tan

Patricia Tan is the Client Relationship Executive – Free Zone specialist at PRO Partner Group. For further information about setting up a business in the UAE please contact Patricia on

patricia@propartnergroup.com or call a member of the team on:

+971 (0)4 456 1761 (Dubai)
+971 (0)2 448 5120 (Abu Dhabi)
www.propartnergroup.com