Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone positioning itself as nexus for Middle East manufacturing and trade

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Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone positioning itself as nexus for Middle East manufacturing and trade

Dubai’s JAFZA (Jebel Ali Free Zone) profiles itself as “ideal site” in the Gulf for setting up manufacturing and trading operations.

Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) has been using major industrial trade shows around the world to court companies, touting its attributes as the UAE’s trade and logistics hub for the wider Middle East region, and also as an “ideal site” to set up manufacturing and trading operations.

The recent Automechanika trade show of Frankfurt, rated as the world’s largest event for the auto-parts and components sector, was a prominent venue where JAFZA set up a pavilion-size booth to recruit companies to set up operations at its facility.

In an interview with the American Journal of Transportation at the Automechanika show, Ibrahim Mohamed Al Janahi, the deputy CEO and chief commercial officer of JAFZA, said that over 7,000 companies from over 120 countries had established operations in the JAFZA. These, he added, included more than 100 of the 500 Fortune companies. 

“About 73% of them are in trading, storage, transhipment while some 23% are engaged in manufacturing and assembly operations.  We have Nestle, Mars, Proctor and Gamble, to name a few names.  The UAE (United Arab Emirates) has a population of nine million … our biggest trading partners are China, India, Middle East, Iran, Britain, France and Germany,” he explained.


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American Journal of Transportation