Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza)
Native name
المنطقة الحرّة لجبل علي
al-Munṭaqa al-Ḥurra le Jabal ʿAlī
TypeDeveloper and Operator
IndustryLogistics, Warehousing, Economic Trade Zone, Real Estate, Property
Area served
Key people
ProductsBusiness Centres, Office Space, Warehouses, Plots of Land and Retail Space
Number of employees
ParentDP World

Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza; Arabic: (جافزا) المنطقة الحرّة لجبل علي al-Munṭaqa al-Ḥurra le Jabal ʿAlī) is a free economic zone located in the Jebel Ali area at the far western end of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, near Abu Dhabi. Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) is the flagship free zone of DP World, and is an integral part of the DP World UAE’s integrated business hub. Created under a Ruler's Decree, Jafza commenced operations in 1985 with only 19 companies offering standard size office units and warehouses to provide ready built facilities to customers.[1] In 1990 Jafza expanded its facilities to include light industrial units.

As of 2021, Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) hosts over 8,700 companies and is considered the world's largest free zone.[2]

The Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) is a community and ecosystem where industries such as logistics, electronics & electrical, automotive, food and agriculture, e-commerce, petrochemicals and many more thrive. Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza)'s proximity to Jebel Ali Port, Al Maktoum International Airport, and the Expo 2020 Dubai site has helped it become an ideal hub for global trade and a well-integrated business setup solution provider.


Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) is spread over 57 square k.m located in the Jebel Ali area at the far western end of Dubai, on the Skeikh Zayed Road (E11) and is accessible from Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) too.[3]


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More than 8,700 global companies are based in Jafza.[4] This includes approximately 100 of the Fortune Global 500 companies including aerospace giant Liebherr through its subsidiary OEMServices. Jafza accounts for almost 32 per cent of total FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) flow into the country. The free zone contributes 21 per cent of Dubai's GDP on a yearly basis and it sustains the employment of more than 144,000 people in the United Arab Emirates. In 2015, Jafza generated trade worth $87.6 billion.[5]


  1. ^ "JAFZA business inside". Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Dubai's economy: Growing up". The Economist. Dubai. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Where is Jafza located?". Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza). Retrieved 2022-02-15.
  4. ^ "About Jafza". Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza). Retrieved 2022-02-15.
  5. ^ "Jafza: At the forefront of innovation". Retrieved 2017-06-04.