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Dubai Airport Free Zone Company Formation

Company Setup in DAFZA

Company Registration in DAFZA

Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA) is the Licensing Authority that can issue Licenses for expatriate investors to operate business within Free zone, outside Freezone (subject to customs regulations) and internationally.

Dubai Airport Free Zone is located adjacent to Dubai International Airport and designed to provide premium facilities to the business fraternity worldwide. DAFZA companies can be incorporated at a cost starting from approx. AED 41,790 for 6 sq.m Office and the License (Smart Desk Package). There are hundreds of business activities that can be Licensed and it includes Consultancy, Trading, Manufacturing, IT Services, Aviation services, Mobile phone and accessories trading, food stuff trading etc.

Situated at a strategic location that provides access to 2.5 billion consumers across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, it’s no surprise that companies thrive here. Dubai Airport Free Zone prides itself on its state-of-the-art facilities and location. What makes Dubai Free Zone stand out though is the tailor-made Company Registration Packages and the host of investor benefit it offers.

The commitment to delivering quality across the Company Registration process is even recognized by worldwide certificates held by Dubai Airport Free Zone: ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007, ISO 27001:2005, ISO 10002:2004 and ISO 20000-1:2005. In addition to various regional and international awards, Dubai Airport Freezone ranked 2nd in the world and 1st in the Middle East by Financial Times FDI Magazine’s global ranking of the Freezones.

Since Dubai Airport Freezone businesses operate around the clock, there is 24-hour customer service and rapid cargo clearance through a dedicated logistics center to facilitate easy trade.

Company Setup in DAFZA

VAT Exempted Free Zone – Dubai Airport Free Zone

DAFZA is one of the VAT Exempted Free Zone in Dubai. Investors setting up a company in the Free Zone can avail the benefits of a VAT Exempted Free Zone.

A VAT Exempted Free Zone allows the investors to be out of the VAT Scope for every sales transaction within the Free Zone or between two VAT Exempted Free Zones. Any service rendered or transfer of goods out of the Free Zone to the mainland or other Free Zones are subjected to VAT.

Expert Business Consultants at AURION will advise you more on the VAT Exemptions and regulatory compliance investors must follow while registering a business in DAFZA. The team renders full support to investors for company formation, leasing office, visas, chamber registration, VAT Registration, and more in DAFZA.

How to setup a Freezone Company in DAFZA?

To setup a company in DAFZA the investor must follow certain steps. It is best advised to take the assistance of Business Consultants to have seamless company incorporation. Expert Business Consultants at AURION will guide investors to setup their company in DAFZA the right way.

The application form will be prepared and submitted to the authorities with the shareholder details and identification documents. The investor must choose the right business license and business activities based on their business plan and experience. The tenancy contract for the office space based on the business activities has to be prepared as the next step. Following the submission of the required documents, shareholding pattern, office space requirements, and the business license fee; the trade license will be issued by the authorities.

The investor can now apply for the UAE Residence Visa and open a corporate bank account to start operating the company transactions seamlessly. Team AURION will assist you in the end-to-end company formation process and allied business services based on your requirements. Connect with our expert team to get all your queries relating to company setup in DAFZA answered.

DAFZA Company Registration – Features

Dubai Airport Freezone License Packages Cost

Smart Office Package Details

Description Smart Desk Package Fee (in AED) Boutique Office Package Fee (in AED)
Office Area
6.65 Sq.m Office
10 Sq.m Office
Rent (including service charge)
Registration Fee (for FZCO only & one-time fee)
License Fee
Establishment Card
Postal Fee
Knowledge & Innovation Fee

Total DAFZA Company Setup Cost

AED 41,790
AED 52,165

Note:- Office insurance non inclusive.

Premium License Packages in DAFZA (Subject to Availability)

Description Premium Package Fee ( in AED) Premium Plus Package Fee ( in AED)
Office Area
27 Sqm Office Space
55 Sqm Office Space
Rent (including service charge)
Registration Fee ( for FZCO only & onetime fee)
License Fee
Establishment Card
Postal Fee
Knowledge & Innovation Fee

Total DAFZA Company Setup Cost

AED 92,665*
AED 155,665*

*Rent Calculated based on office area

General Trading License Package in DAFZA

Premium Office – 50 sqm office space including furniture and telephone equipment. 5-6 visa quota (visa cost is separate)

Description Fee in AED
Office Area: 50 Sqm Rate – 1-year Lease AED 2,500 per sqm – Annual fee
General Trading License Fee – Annual Fee
Registration Fees – onetime payment
Establishment card Fee
Knowledge fee & innovation fees
P.O Box / Annual (Not Mandatory if there’s an existing PO BOX) – Annual fee
Memorandum of Association fee: AED 3,000
Free for a new company only
Parking Fee (optional)



* General Trading License in DAFZA requires a minimum of 50 sqm office space.
* It is also required to deposit the Share Capital of AED 500,000
The required documents/details: Individual Shareholder/s:

New License Structure in DAFZA

There is a new License Structure now available in the Dubai Airport Free Zone for Company registration. Now, customers can choose activities from Trading, Service, and Industrial under the same license.
The primary type for the Business License will be determined as below.
Activities Primary Type for License
Trade + Service
Industrial + Service
Trade + Industrial
Service + Trade + Industrial
To know more about new License Structure and Fees of adding new business activities, talk to our expert consultants here!

Visa Cost in DAFZA

Employment Visa Cost in DAFZA is AED 5,407 (Including employment Visa Inside country application, residency stamp, medical test, visa status change, Emirates ID and urgent visa stamping).

Warehouse in DAFZA

1. LIGHT INDUSTRIAL UNITS (LIU) – (Inside Dubai Airport Free Zone): 350 sq.m ( there is approx.. 80-90 sq.m office space (Ground / mezzanine floor) already inside of warehouse unit).

Area: 353sq.m standard unit (80 – 90 sq.m is already office area)
Rate: AED 1,100 per sq.m + 10% Service Charge
Visa: 20 employment visas as entitlement

2. DAFZA Industrial Park: Dafza industrial park is a new cluster of warehouses under the administration of Dubai Airport Freezone. Which is 5 km away from Dubai Airport Free Zone Main office (Al Qusais, Dubai), it will take 10- 15 mins drive distance. The average unit is around 330 – 400 sq.m

Area: from 335 sq.m and above
Rate: AED 800 per sq.m
Visa: depended on the size of the unit. It is from 20 to 30 employment visas as entitlement.

Required documents for Company Formation in DAFZA

Individual shareholder/s

  1. Application Form – provided by Aurion
  2. Passport copy (shareholders, manager) along with residence visa page
    (Optional), Passport copies of directors and secretary.
  3. No Objection Letter from Sponsor (for UAE based company only)
  4. CV

Non-Individual shareholder/s

  1. Application Form – provided by Aurion
  2. Passport copy (shareholders, manager) along with residence visa page (Optional) Passport copies of directors and secretary
  3. Company profile/brochure or CV
  4. Audited Financial Report
  5. Notarized & Attested Certificate of Incorporation, MOA & POA
  6. Shareholders Resolution calling for the establishment of FZCO in DAFZA – provided by Aurion

PRO Service in Dubai Airport Freezone

Our expert professionals with uptodate knowledge act as PRO in Dubai Freezone. They get all the work done without any hassle to the Clients. Our team is having direct contact with various departments in Dubai Airport Freezone which makes it easy to expedite the process.

We provide service in Company License renewal, Audit report arrangement, residence visa assistance in airport freezone, family visa assistance, tax residency certificate, VAT filing assistance, attestations, driving license assistance, bank account opening in dubai etc.

Free Zone Company Registration in UAE

Termination / Winding Up / Closing Down of DAFZA Company

Closing company in DAFZA is a relatively hassle-free process for the investors. The Business owner must submit a notification to the authorities at least 3 months before to avoid any late fees.
Also, the investor/directors must issue a board resolution stating the closing of the company and then proceed with the next steps.
Aurion will assist you in the end-to-end process of company closing process in DAFZA and ensures investors the closing of company is processed the right way.
Following are the documents and procedure required for closing of DAFZA Company.

Termination / Liquidation Fee for DAFZA Company

The company closing fees for DAFZA is approx. AED 9,790 inclusive of liquidation fee, attested board resolution, newspaper publication, port & customs NOC etc.

Connect with our expert Business Consultants to know further about the Company Closing procedures in DAFZA.

Description Fee in AED
DAFZA Liquidation fee
Attested Board Resolution for Liquidation
Newspaper publication both English & Arabic
Port and customs NOC

AURION act as single window solution for company setup in DAFZA, Visa Assistance and  closing down Dubai Airport Freezone company with shortest possible time.

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