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JAFZA Approvals

JAFZA Approvals

Navigating the approval process for establishing a business in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) can be complex. Whether you are setting up a warehouse, office, manufacturing plant, or any other facility, understanding the procedures, regulations, and benefits is crucial. This guide provides a comprehensive overview of the JAFZA approval process to ensure your business meets all necessary requirements efficiently.

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JAFZA offers numerous benefits and adheres to stringent regulations to maintain high standards of construction, safety, and quality. Here’s why JAFZA is an attractive choice for businesses:

  • No restriction on hiring employees from various countries
  • Tax-free operations
  • Permission to use multiple currencies
  • No import or re-export duties
  • Onsite customs services
  • 100% foreign ownership permitted

Building Regulations and Design Guidelines for JAFZA Approval

1. Building Regulation and Design Guidelines

These guidelines outline the minimum architectural requirements for constructing commercial, residential, and industrial developments in JAFZA. They ensure all structures meet the necessary standards for functionality and safety.

2. Construction Materials and Internal Control

JAFZA’s regulations specify the quality standards for materials used in building construction. This ensures all materials meet the required quality, contributing to the overall integrity and safety of the structures.

3. Structural Requirements

The guidelines provide a framework for the minimum structural standards that must be adhered to. These include the basic requirements that technicians and engineers must follow to ensure the safety and durability of buildings.

4. Accessibility Standards

JAFZA regulations ensure buildings are accessible to individuals with disabilities. This includes specific structural requirements to facilitate ease of access and use, maintaining integrity and convenience for all users.

5. Services Design Requirements

These guidelines specify the design requirements for various services within the buildings, ensuring all necessary facilities and utilities are properly integrated and meet JAFZA standards.

6. Urban Planning and MEP Services

JAFZA’s urban planning and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) guidelines ensure developments align with Dubai’s broader urban development vision. These guidelines help maintain a harmonious and sustainable urban environment.

7. Fresh Concrete Testing

To ensure the strength and durability of structures, JAFZA mandates testing of fresh concrete used in construction. This regulation ensures the concrete meets international standards for quality and reliability.

Approval Jurisdictions

Approvals for facilities and structures in Dubai are divided between two jurisdictions:

  • Dubai Municipality and Civil Defense for areas like Al Quoz, Dubai Investment Parks, and Ras Al Khor.
  • JAFZA and Trakhees for the Jebel Ali Free Economic Zone, which requires a Trakhees license.

Dubai Trade Portal

The Dubai Trade Portal is a single-window, secure online platform providing streamlined access to various business services, including those of Economic Zones World, DP World, and Dubai Customs. This portal simplifies the approval process and enhances customer satisfaction by offering efficient and integrated services.

Steps to Obtain JAFZA Approval

  1. Initial Application:

    • Complete the application form and submit a Letter of Intent detailing the type of business.
  2. Document Submission:

    • Provide passport copies and CVs of the manager and shareholders.
    • Submit a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the current sponsor.
    • Provide a bank reference letter for each investor.
    • Obtain an approval letter from any relevant third authority if applicable.
  3. Design and Planning Approval:

    • Submit detailed architectural, structural, and MEP designs for review.
    • Ensure compliance with JAFZA’s building regulations and design guidelines.
  4. Construction Phase:

    • Use approved construction materials and follow internal control guidelines.
    • Conduct fresh concrete testing to ensure compliance with strength and durability standards.
  5. Final Inspection and Approval:

    • JAFZA conducts a thorough inspection to ensure all standards are met.
    • Upon passing the inspection, final approval is granted, and the facility can commence operations.

Benefits of Setting Up in JAFZA

  • No Restrictions on Employment: Freedom to hire staff from various countries.
  • Tax Exemptions: Enjoy tax-free operations on both corporate and personal levels.
  • Currency Flexibility: Permission to use multiple currencies without restrictions.
  • No Import/Export Duties: Exemption from import and re-export duties.
  • Customs Advantage: Onsite customs services streamline import/export processes.
  • Full Ownership: Complete foreign ownership is allowed, providing full control over business operations.


Securing JAFZA approval is essential for businesses looking to establish or modify facilities within the free zone. By adhering to the detailed guidelines and regulations, businesses can ensure compliance and leverage the numerous benefits JAFZA offers. DAEM Contracting LLC provides expert support throughout the approval process, ensuring your projects meet all necessary standards and are completed efficiently.

Contact Information:

  • Website: daemuae.com
  • Office Address: 20 18 St. RAS AL KHOR industrial area, Dubai, UAE
  • Phone Number: +971 50 884 9955
  • Email: sam@daemuae.com