Jebel Ali

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Jebel Ali is a port
Port
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 town, located 35 kilometres southwest of the city of Dubai
Dubai
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 in the United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
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 (UAE). The village has a thriving expatriate
Expatriate
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 community with over 300 residents. The area is also home to "5,500 companies from 120 countries".

In 1985, the Jebel Ali Free Zone
Jebel Ali Free Zone
Jebel Ali Free Zone is a free economic zone located in the Jebel Ali area at the far western end of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, near Abu Dhabi...

 (JAFZ) was established. JAFZ, an industrial area surrounding the port, allows the international companies who relocate there to enjoy the special privileges of the free zone. These include exemption from corporate tax for fifteen years, no personal income tax, no import or export duties, no restriction on currency, and easy labor recruitment. Al Maktoum International Airport (formerly Dubai World Central International Airport) is being constructed in the area.

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