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Important Information

OFFSHORE: Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA)

  • All procedures, requirements, timelines and costs are valid at the time of going to print, however may become subject to change without notice.
  • Company documentation are issued from Jebel Ali Free Zone. Please note the registered address for your new company will be that of the agent.
  • Please note that you will not be able to secure an independent physical PO Box in Dubai with Empost for your company.
  • The client certifies that all information and documents provided to CREATIVE ZONE are authentic and accurate, and the client accepts that should any information or documents submitted found not to be authentic or accurate the client will be reported to the relevant authorities and be liable for prosecution
  • The client also certifies that they understand and are compliant with the Anti Money Laundering standards setout by Jebel Ali Free Zone - and understand that failure to comply with said standards will result in the client being reported to the relevant authorities and be liable for prosecution.
  • Any payments received by CREATIVE ZONE towards any product or service are non-refundable unless agreed otherwise. This condition is valid even if the payment received isn’t for the full amount of the service or product subscribed for and/or the customer has yet to provide CREATIVE ZONE with all the correct documentary requirements for said product or service and/or their application is rejected by the licensing authority for any reason.
  • Timelines correlate to working days not calendar days.
  • Applications are submitted for processing and indicated timelines commence upon realization of payment
  • The cut-off time for documents to be submitted/received, and payments to be received/realized is 1pm, anything received after this time will be considered towards the following working day.
  • No visas are issued under an JAFZA Offshore company.
  • Hand-written passports are not accepted; all passport copies submitted should be electronic/typed passports.
  • Passports bearing only your first name and no surname won’t be accepted.
  • With regard to the introduction to the bank representative by CREATIVE ZONE, this is an introductory service only and CREATIVE ZONE aren’t involved in the process beyond the introduction. After the introduction it is for the client to liaise with the bank representative directly and satisfy the requirements of the bank in order to successfully have their account opened
  • In order to keep your company bank account active, you will need to visit your bank annually with your original Certificate of Good standing which will indicate you have renewed your license and present it to the bank for sighting, this must be carried out on or before the expiry date of your current License
  • No cheque books will be issued for JAFZA Offshore Companies
  • Business Center services are provided by the Business Center under their Department of Economic Development (DED) License. These services aren’t provided directly by CREATIVE ZONE.
  • With regard to your dedicated phone number with the Business Centre, please note that a call forwarding charge is applicable e.g. when they receive a call on your dedicated phone number and forward the call to your mobile.
  • Printing and photocopying at the Business Centre is also chargeable.
  • Furthermore should you wish to use the ‘honesty bar’ at the Business Centre you will need to lodge a credit card with them as security, and settle your bill daily. Please note only hot beverages are complimentary i.e. tea and coffee everything else is chargeable.
  • With regard to meeting rooms hours and days at the internet cafe, no partial bookings are accepted, i.e. a half hour meeting room booking will be viewed as 1 hour, and similarly if you use the internet cafe for 2 hours it will be viewed as 1 day. Furthermore if for example 2 of you are using the internet cafe on the same day and occupying 2 desks, that will count as 2 days usage. Furthermore desk space cannot be shared, you can only have 1 person occupying 1 desk. If you would like additional meeting room hours and/or internet cafe days you may approach the Business Centre and pay them the applicable rates directly. Also please note that desk usage at the internet cafe is on a first come first serve basis, and meeting rooms need to be booked in advance and are subject to availability. Unused meeting room hours or internet cafe days cannot be rolled over to the following month.
  • Any regular mail received will be kept for 60 calendar days and will be discarded thereafter if not collected. Any parcels received will carry a handling fee of AED 100 per item in addition to any applicable customs fees; parcels will be discarded after 21 calendar days if not collected.
  • Company Names must end with Limited and the following words and their associated activities cannot be used: Assurance, Bank, Building Society, Chamber of Commerce, Chartered, Co-operative, Fund, Imperial, Insurance, Municipal, Mutual Fund, Royal and Trust.
  • Every company must maintain accounting records, must be prepared by a local auditor (UAE registered) in accordance with the regulations and the report should be approved by the directors and signed by one of them. There is no requirement to file the audited financial reports with JAFZA however the accounts should be kept for 10 years from the date on which they were prepared.
  • All Board Resolutions, Power of Attorneys and No Objection Letters will need to be attested by the Free Zone if they are to be used for any purpose in the UAE i.e. for opening bank accounts, or for your offshore company to become a shareholder in another UAE Company etc. The cost for the attestation of each document is AED 1,250.
  • The CREATIVE ZONE package (Support Services and company registration) is valid for one year starting from the commencement date on the Company Incorporation docs and both must be renewed annually.
  • All applicants will undergo security approval by JAFZA prior to company formation.