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Jebel Ali Port & Freezone
Updated: 9th March, 2023

Jebel Ali Port & Freezone

The Middle East's largest marine terminal in a free zone with 7,000 companies active in manufacturing, trade, logistics and services.
Jebel Ali Port & Freezone is an area located within Jebel Ali District, Dubai.

Jebel Ali is a coastal district lying to the South of Dubai. If you look on a map for Palm Jebel Ali, it’s right there.

Palm Jebel Ali is not yet populated, but the same cannot be said of Jebel Ali Port which is the largest marine terminal in the Middle East, and the world’s ninth largest container port. It has the world’s largest man-made harbour and can accommodate ships of any size in existence and on the order book.

A significant benefit for Jebel Ali Port is its location within Jebel Ali Free Zone. Established in 1985, the free zone currently houses more than 7,000 companies active in manufacturing, trade, logistics and a range of industrial and service-orientated sectors.

Jebel Ali Port & Free Zone, known as Jafza, has grown from a small operation of just 19 companies to a thriving business community today that provides jobs for 135,000 people and attracts more than 20% of the UAE’s foreign direct investment. More than 50% of Dubai’s total exports pass through this port with a trade value of $69 billion.

Jebel Ali is a heavily industrialised district that has paid little attention to housing since its inception in the 1980s. Jebel Ali Village was built in the 1970s to provide accommodation to expatriates and has now been refurbished to provide low rent housing. Not everyone is happy with the quality of the work, but people seem to like living here.

The 2008 property crash put a stop to several planned residential developments, and it is only now in 2015 that some of those plans are being redrafted and put out to tender. Nakheel, the palm islands developer, aims to build 80 apartment buildings on the site of the Dubai Waterfront project, a stretch of coastline facing Palm Jebel Ali. Yet another ‘world's largest’, it could be at least 2017 before the first ‘For Sale’ boards go up in this seaside development.

Meanwhile on the land side of the Waterfront Canal the same developer has completed 66 villas and townhouses for lease at its Veneto community a ‘distinctive’ residential district comprising 1,400 villas and townhouses, and 1200 low-rise apartments.

Downtown Jebel Ali is another yet-to-be-built development. Infrastructure work is about to start on this 200-hectare mixed-use community that will stretch for 11km along Sheikh Zayed Road. There are more than 300 third party plots available to investors for building a mixture of apartments, hotels, offices and retail developments.

In summary, as a place to live, Jebel Ali is still tomorrow’s world.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Jebel Ali Port & Freezone it takes roughly 27 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 19 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 24 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 20 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 35 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 26 minutes' drive.*

Road access

Jafza is located towards the southern end of Dubai’s coastline and alongside Sheikh Zayed Road, the main highway though Dubai and onwards to Abu Dhabi. The airport is 50 minutes drive and Abu Dhabi 65 minutes.

Public transport

Jebel Ali is the end point of the red metro line and has three stations: Jebel Ali, Danube and Energy. Two metro stations serve the district, with journey times to Dubai Mall and the airport of around 30 and 60 minutes respectively.

* Drive times are calculated by Google Maps and assume fastest route in typical traffic conditions.

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For the thousands who work in the Port Free Zone or the Technology Park and who choose to live nearby there is a limited menu of attractions apart from a trip to Ibn Battuta, the world’s largest themed shopping mall, consisting of six stylised courts: Egypt, India, China, Andalusia, Persia and Tunisia. With 275 shops, 50 restaurants, a 21-screen cinema and the only IMAX screen in Dubai you could happily spend the best part of a day there.

For those who don’t get a kick out of shopping there’s always the Jebel Ali shooting club, or a trip into Dubai Marina where there’s lots more to do.

Jebel Ali Port & Freezone Location

Jafza is located towards the southern end of Dubai’s coastline and alongside Sheikh Zayed Road, the main highway though Dubai and onwards to Abu Dhabi. The airport is 50 minutes drive and Abu Dhabi 65 minutes.

The map below shows the location of Jebel Ali Port & Freezone and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Expo City Dubai, 8.0 km
Switch Bowling, 8.0 km
Madame Tussauds, 11.5 km
Parks & beaches
Expo Park, 7.2 km
Expo Water Feature, 8.1 km
Jubilee Park, 8.1 km
Golf clubs
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, 5.2 km
Jebel Ali Village Cinema, 6.9 km
Novo Cinema Ibn Battuta Mall, 8.4 km
Roxy Marina Beach Cinema, 11.9 km

Local Schools

Jebel Ali Port & Freezone does not yet have any schools nearby with the closest school being Ghaf Private School at 6.2 km.

Ghaf Private School
6.2 km, Jebel Ali Village Phase 1
AED 36,500  •  British
The Arbor School
7.4 km, Al Furjan
AED 57,000  •  British
Delhi Private School Dubai
7.7 km, Jebel Ali District
AED 12,000  •  Indian
The Winchester School
7.7 km, Jebel Ali District
AED 20,000  •  British

Things to Do

We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Jebel Ali Port & Freezone.

Saturday Brunch, Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai • Brunch • Mistral (0.0 km)
Moroc Lounge and Bar, Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai • Ladies Night • Moroc Lounge & Bar (0.0 km)
Friday Urban Night Brunch, Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai • Moroc Lounge & Bar (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Jebel Ali Port & Freezone.

Al Furjan
Al Furjan (8.2 km)
A 560-hectare residential development close to Discovery Gardens and Ibn Battuta Mall. 800 villas and 335 apartments have been delivered.
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Green Community
Green Community (8.9 km)
A community in Dubai Investments Park containing apartments, villas, leisure, retail, and commercial properties set in natural greenery.
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Dubai Investments Park
Dubai Investments Park (10.0 km)
A mixed-use complex consisting of three major zones - an industrial complex, a commercial complex and seven residential communities.
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Jumeirah Park
Jumeirah Park (10.6 km)
Jumeirah Park is a family-orientated residential community of 2,000 family villas, surrounded by parks and green spaces.
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Jumeirah Islands
Jumeirah Islands (11.3 km)
736 villas with swimming pools and gardens grouped in clusters on 46 small ‘islands' surrounded by lakes, water features and greenery.
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Bluewaters Island
Bluewaters Island (11.5 km)
An island off the Jumeirah Beach Residence coast containing sleek residential, hospitality and retail, plus the Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel.
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Midtown by Deyaar
Midtown by Deyaar (11.5 km)
A development project in Dubai Production City comprising six districts containing 24 buildings housing studios and apartments.
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Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Jumeirah Lakes Towers (11.9 km)
87 towers arranged in clusters around three lakes and a park, comprising commercial, residential, hotels, shops and leisure facilities. 
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