Dubai:- The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (Dafza) posted yet another banner year in 2015, achieving an impressive total revenue growth of seven per cent and total assets growth of three per cent.
As a gateway connecting the emerging markets in Middle East and Africa, Dafza grew its number of registered companies by 22 per cent, with multinational companies in particular rising nine per cent as reflected by the growth of new sales revenue by 18 per cent, said a statement from the freezone authority.
The share of GCC and Middle Eastern companies in Dafza reached 40 per cent, followed by American and European companies at 36 per cent and Asian companies at 18 per cent. The share of companies from other parts of the world collectively reached six per cent.
Reflecting the resurgence of Dubai’s business environment, Dafza witnessed higher demand for its office packages due to various factors, such as sustained economic growth and eager anticipation over global prospects related to the upcoming 2020 Dubai World Expo, said its top official.
According to official 2015 statistics, leasable office spaces across the Freezone increased by 11 per cent over 2014.
On the growth, Dafza chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the free zone was taking steady steps towards positioning itself as a main player and major driver for economic development and trade growth in Dubai, posting a strong performance and achieving significant growth at the operational level and among the focal sectors in the freezone.
“Last year’s buoyant financial results are testaments to Dafza’s high potentials and competitive advantages which reflect its pivotal role in attracting foreign investments in the coming months,” stated Sheikh Ahmed.
“We are looking forward to support economic diversification policies which complement the ‘UAE Beyond Oil Strategy.’ We will focus on creating integrated solutions and innovative initiatives that contribute to the achievement of these ambitious objectives and national priorities,” stated the official.
“We aim to make a positive impact on smart transformation through investments in innovative ideas and projects’ expansion in Dafza. We will pay great attention towards strengthening the bridges of communication with the international business community, maintaining our status as one of the most premium free zones in the world, and effectively contributing to the economic development in Dubai and the UAE,” he added.
Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni, the director general of Dafza, said: “The past year was a successful journey for us as we were able to maintain industry leadership despite the many local, regional and global challenges.”
“It was a particularly successful period for us in terms of further streamlining our finances and operations, expanding our global presence, and supporting the national economic diversification policy to build a future beyond oil by encouraging major global names from various industries to do business at Dafza,” he stated.
“In 2016, innovation will be a strategic focus for us to accelerate our growth and support our efforts to explore the future in line with the wise vision of the UAE’s leadership. Our strong financial results will pave the way for us to reach higher levels of excellence and leadership, especially with the buoyant economic outlook for Dubai which is positioning itself as one of the top investment destinations in the world,” he added.
Dafza said its strategy is to accelerate growth based on the solid foundations of innovations and excellence, in order to achieve its vision of positioning itself as the world’s ultimate free zone destination.
It is developing its Strategic Plan 2017-2021 which will bring added value to Dafza’s accomplishments that have placed it amongst the most innovative and competitive free zones in the world.
In line with its endeavors to develop a strategy that helps meet future requirements and supports economic diversification policies, Dafza is currently studying macroeconomic and environmental factors to arrive at a dynamic yet sustainable strategy for 2017 – 2021 aligned with the Dubai 2021 Plan aiming at making Dubai “A Pivotal Hub in the Global Economy.”
Dafza said it also plans to add new sectors in order to attract leading companies from the Islamic economic sectors in support of the ‘Dubai – Capital of Islamic Economy’ initiative.
This also comes in line with Dafza’s efforts to contribute to the ‘UAE Beyond Oil Strategy’ and the positive impact in building a knowledge-based economy driven by technology and innovations.
As part of its activities to develop its Strategic Plan 2017-2021, Dafza is conducting extensive Sales Forecasting and Market Intelligence Studies to ensure it sustains and even exceeds the growth it has achieved over the past five years, it added.
Originally published on www.tradearabia.com