UAE bread basket at sea: Jebel Ali feeds 20% of Dubai's economy

Published November 6th, 2012 - 10:40 GMT
Jebel Ali Free Zone.
Jebel Ali Free Zone.

Jebel Ali Free Zone, home to the largest port and free zone in the Middle East, contributes a fifth to Dubai’s Dh300.83 billion economy, a top official said on Monday.

“There are 6,700 companies based in Jebel Ali Free Zone, which collectively employ 170,000 people, of which 135,000 are directly sponsored by the companies based within the Free Zone,” Ebrahim Al Janahi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza), told Gulf News on the sidelines of the Big 5 Show.

This is about 12.82 per cent of Dubai’s total 1.32 million labour force, according to Dubai Statistics Centre.

“Of these companies, about 1,500 are industrial and light manufacturing units while the majority are logistics operations of large corporates. Collectively, they contribute about 20 per cent to Dubai’s economy,” he said.

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