RITIKA SHARMA / EMIRATES BUSINESS
Jebel Ali Free Zone, Jafza, the flagship Free Zone of Dubai and trade and logistics hub for the wider Middle East region, is home to hundreds of companies from SMEs to big business houses. In recent years as much as have the trade figures increased, the frequency of business travel has increased too.
The business travel from UAE performs an important function in strengthening the trade and business ties thereby increasing the business revenues.
According to a report named Travel and Tourism – Economic Impact 2015, released by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the business travel spending (inbound and domestic) generated 20.9 percent (AED24.7bn) of direct Travel & Tourism GDP in 2014. Business travel spending is expected to grow by 3.3 percent in 2015 to AED25.5bn, and rise by 2.6 percent per annum to AED33.0bn in 2025.
The free zone whose operating profit reached Dh1.18 billion in 2014, is working towards assisting and easing this frequent overseas business travel for its member companies. In this regard, V-Assist, a renowned visa assistance service provider has launched its services for individuals and corporates based in JAFZA.
Aimed at making travel easy, the brand offers a one-stop solution to all visa assistance and travel needs of individuals as well as corporates. It provides a bouquet of services ranging from visa assistance for all countries (which includes visa application form filling, appointment scheduling, etc.) to various travel related services like Hotel booking, Ticketing, Travel Insurance, etc.
Inaugurating the facility, Ibrahim Mohammed Aljanahi, Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial Officer said, “Travel requires a lot of planning and visa processing can turn out to be one of the most arduous tasks if there is ambiguity at any step of the process. Our customers are constantly travelling either for business or pleasure and I am confident that our V-Assist services will offer them the convenience and direction in the entire visa application process.”
Sharing that the counter is aimed at making the legal processes for Visas easier, Ali Janahi, a partner of V-Assist said, “We are very excited on the launch of our specialized services in making their visa application experience much easier and seamless right here out of Jafza. This truly represents a good synergy between two companies and I would like to thank Jafza for making it possible and look forward to a successful association.”