The Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), last night, hosted a special dinner in to honour of its customers, strategic partners and Government entities that have supported the free zone and played a role in the expansion and growth of the company over the years.
The event marked the end of the 25th year of operations for the free zone and coincided with UAE's 39th National Day celebrations. A number of Jafza's key customers and senior officials from government departments were amongst the attendees who helped commemorate the Jebel Ali Free Zone's 1985 founding.
Hisham Abdullah Al Shirawi, Chairman of Economic Zones World, Jafza's parent company addressed the gathering calling the event a special occasion that provided and an opportunity to continue celebrations of 25 years at Jafza, as well as honour valuable partners and customers. "At Jafza, we believe that offering people the right environments within which to operate, enhances performance. With this in mind, bringing our partners more than facilities from which to function has always been a key focus. To this end, we have brought together products, all relevant services as well as value added benefits under one roof to form an ecosystem that is conducive to business", he said.
Also speaking at the event, Salma Hareb, CEO of Economic Zones World, commented on Jafza's momentous journey over the years, saying: "This is not a journey we have taken alone; we had the support of Dubai; the leaders, government authorities, service providers of course our customers. Together we have witnessed a remarkable 25 years punctuated with some of Dubai's greatest milestones. We have built on Dubai's excellent infrastructure: seaport, airport and road network; essentially elevating it to the sophisticated hub that it is today. Our shared commitment and belief in what we can achieve has resulted in today's success; and this commitment continues."
During the evening, partners honoured included the RTA, the Dubai Health Authority, Emirates Post, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Customs, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai Chamber, Dubai Statistics Centre, Dubai Economic Department, Dubai Economic Council, Ministry of Labour, Dubai Police, General Department of State Security, Executive Council, Etisalat, Dubai Trade, DP World, Imdaad, Hasaad Communications and Dubai World Security and Trakhees.
Jafza, one of the fastest growing free zones across the world, began its 25th year of operations this year with 6421 companies. 2010 has also seen Jafza receive an impressive number of inbound projects. In the first 10 months of the year, 415 new companies joined the free zone. New arrivals so far have included Mitsubishi Corporation, Petrochina, JVC Professional, Proclad Stream-Flo, Schoeller-Bleckman and Isuzu Motors, among others.
Also this year, Jafza played an instrumental role in launching the Dubai Logistics Corridor, one of the world's largest multi-modal logistics platforms linking Jebel Ali port and the Jebel Ali Free Zone to Dubai World Central, home to Dubai Aviation City/Dubai Logistics City and Al Maktoum International Airport. The Corridor will bring greater efficiency to Jafza's existing, optimally configured supply chain infrastructure and is expected to significantly strengthen Dubai's logistics credentials.
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