KIZAD, also known as Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi, is an industrial zone and free trade area that offers outstanding market access. Established in 2010, It’s famous for its convenient location: on the E11 Highway between two of the biggest cities in this region – Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Besides proximity to one of Emirate’s most modern ports, KIZAD also provides easy transport from both city centers with its great location right off a main highway connecting them!
If you are looking for a cost effective way to start your UAE business setup, KIZAD is a premium choice for many reasons.
KIZAD – Quick Facts
The first and most important characteristic about KIZAD relates to its location. It is a desirable choice for its most unique selling point, being located next to the Khalifa Port.
Khalifa Port in a nutshell:
- Abu Dhabi Ports’ flagship, deepwater port built to facilitate the largest ships
- State of the art facility
- The region’s first semi-automated port
- Part of the Maritime Silk Road
- Phase 1 capacity of 2.5 million twenty-foot equivalent unit and 12 million tonnes of general cargo a year
- By 2030 increment is expected to 15 million twenty-foot equivalent units and 35 million tonnes of general cargo
KIZAD has been devised to be the ultimate logistics, integrated trade and industrial hub of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.
The purpose of Khalifa Industrial Zone is to be a business solution provider by leveraging its access to state of the art facilities and investments.
KIZAD world-class transportation in numbers:
Sea – enables swift export and import activities
- 20 major shipping lines
- 60 destination ports connected from around the world
Air – enables the free zone to connect with the UAE and Middle East markets through four main airports in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain
- 4 international airports
- 14 million tonnes air freight capacity
Road– The road network within and outside the free zone promotes efficient movement of goods within the UAE and wider region (GCC)
- 4 lane dual highways
- 3 lane dual arterial roads
Future Rail– to complement the existing road facilities
- 20 tonnes shipment capacity
- 23+ dedicated rail links
One of the benefits provided by KIZAD’s Logistics Park (KLP) is that companies can minimize their capex cost by setting up logistics operations at this well-designed warehouse. These well-designed and pre-built modular warehouse units are equipped with easy access loading docks for trucks and raised docked floor levels. A dedicated loading yard with ramp access for forklifts and on-site parking is provided for each unit.All units are set with power to be cooled to a target temperature of 25°C. Approximately 15% of the units are provided with superior power provision for cold storage. Costs start from 350 AED per sq meter per year for warehouse spaces.
Everyday life will also be complemented with the following facilities in a business district centre for those who to choose to live near by free zone:
- Community related facilities
License Options in KIZAD
There are various types of business licenses to choose from when it comes to setting up a business at KIZAD:
With this license you can participate in service oriented business activities such as:
- Management and economic consulting services
- Marketing services
- Logistical support services such as cargo and freight forwarding
- Restaurants, retail food outlets, catering services
- Travel agencies
With this license you can participate in industrial oriented business activities such as:
- Import of raw material
- Packaging and export of intermediate and / or finished product
General Trading License or Trading License
This license allows you to participate in trading activities that include export, import, stocking, distribution, warehousing of products and items specified on the License and such other trading activities as are published in the Trading License (Category List).
If the total number of products exceed 17 or total number of groups exceed 3, a General Trading License maybe issued.
Requirement for Business Setup
Basic documents to start your dream business at KIZAD include the following:
- Passport copy
- Passport size photo
- Bank reference or statement
- Business plan
*Note: that the above mentioned are basic requirements. Case to case variations depending on the type of business activity and business license require tailored documents. To know exactly which documents you may need to submit, contact us.
The steps to formation are as follows:
- Submit your application with required documents
- Activity and name approval process
- Official company registration
- Clear dues and payments
- Collect final registration certificate, license and lease agreement
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The costs associated with starting a business at KIZAD depend on the type of business license you choose to acquire along with how many UAE Resident visas you need.
The basic license cost for choosing to have a business set up in KIZAD starts from 11,000 AED in which this package is eligible for 1 resident visa.
Flexi-desk rent is included in any standard package.
*Note: these are basic costs which are subject to change without notice. Also, costs are not limited to the above mentioned. To know more about various types of fees and costs that may be incurred, contact us.
Pro’s & Con’s of Company Formation in KIZAD
With the endless options to choose from when picking a free zone, each free zone comes with its own pro’s and con’s.
- The most cost effective free zone in Abu Dhabi
- Top notch facilities for manufacturing activities
- Desirable location by being next to a port
Not as advanced and accelerating as other free zones offering similar business activity opportunities in other cities of the UAE, e.g Jafza
Start your dream business in the UAE at KIZAD
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