Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza; Arabic
: 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
. Created under a Ruler's Decree, Jafza commenced operations in 1985 with standard size office units and warehouses to provide ready built facilities to customers. In 1990 Jafza expanded its facilities to include light industrial units. It is the world's largest free zone.
Jafza is spread over 57 square kilometres on both sides of Sheikh Zayed Road
, and is accessible via road, and the ''Danube'' and ''UAE Exchange'' stations of the Dubai Metro Red Line.
More than 7,000 global companies
are based in Jafza. This includes approximately 100 of the Fortune Global 500
companies. 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.
* List of company registers
- list with brief informationSatellite image of New West Camp Jebel Ali Free Zone.
Category:Free Trade Zones of the United Arab Emirates
Category:Economy of Dubai
Category:Geography of Dubai
Category:Neighbourhoods in the United Arab Emirates
Category:Government-owned companies of the United Arab Emirates