HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of DAFZA, said, “DAFZA is 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 free zone. Last yearâ€™s buoyant financial results are testaments to DAFZAâ€™s high potentials and competitive advantages which reflect its pivotal role in attracting foreign investments in the coming months.”
“Our successive achievements drive us to intensify our efforts to implement our ambitious initiatives that we launched in 2015, such as the DAFZA Innovation Strategy that comes in line with the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. We are looking forward to supporting economic diversification policies which complement the â€˜UAE Beyond Oil Strategy.â€™ We will focus on creating integrated solutions and innovative initiatives that contribute to the achievement of these ambitious objectives and national priorities.”
“We aim to make a positive impact on smart transformation through investments in innovative ideas and projectsâ€™ expansion in the Free zone. 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, Director General of DAFZA, added, “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 added, 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 UAEâ€™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.”
Dafza’s 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 worldâ€™s ultimate free zone destination. It is developing its Strategic Plan 2017-2021 which will bring added value to DAFZAâ€™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 â€“ 2021 aligned with the Dubai 2021 Plan aiming at making Dubai “A Pivotal Hub in the Global Economy.”
It plans to add new sectors in order to attract leading companies from the Islamic economic sectors in support of the â€˜Dubai – Capital of Islamic Economyâ€™ initiative. This also comes in line with Dafzaâ€™s efforts to contribute to the â€˜UAE Beyond Oil Strategyâ€™ 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 continues to maintain the momentum of its remarkable accomplishments in 2015 in terms of achieving the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the Balanced Scorecard, especially those related to enhancing employee performance as well as management processes and operations. Based on its ambitious strategic plan, DAFZA looks forward to adding value to the UAE economy by contributing to the GDP of Dubai and boosting economic growth at the local and regional levels.
This will be done through its world-class infrastructure, investment incentives, tax exemptions, and exceptional facilitates. These are all main pillars for creating an ideal environment for investments and innovations that can attract global companies and foreign capital, generate new jobs, support economic diversification, and promote openness to international markets.