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Singaporean Minister of Transport visits Jebel Ali Free Zone and DPA’s Expansion

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, September 14 - 2005 @ 14:06

The delegation, of 25 representatives from the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Civil Aviation Authority and biggest Singaporean companies, received by Salma Hareb, Chief Executive Officer of Jafza, Mohammed Al Muallem, Executive Director of Technical and Technology in DPA, Salem Ali Al Zaabi, Assistant Undersecretary of Land & Marine Affairs in the Ministry of UAE Communications as well as number of executive officials in Jafza.

Ms. Hareb welcomed the delegation and briefed them on Jafza history and the Dubai pioneer experiment on the free zones to attract investment and construct new projects that support the national economy in the country.

She explained the customs’ work nature and the systems been followed in the free zone to clear goods and also the facilities and services been offered in the free zone for new companies that use Jebel Ali as a distribution point for the region and the Middle East.

Ms. Hareb stressed that the free zones contribute in the development as other government and local sectors, while attracting foreign investments and creating positive environments to build common investments.

Al Muallem said: “Dubai Ports was very responsive to meet business changes and customers growing needs through the launching of its master development plan to expand the business and meet best international standards, which highly contribute in improving our operations beyond all expectations, while Dubai Ports marked high positive results on container handling in the first quarter of this year with the increment of 26% comparing with the same period of last year. The Annual Statistics shown that DPA handled in 1,751 million TEU in the first quarter of this year (January to March) compared to 1,385 million TEU in 2004.

The Singaporean Minister said: “Jafza is a remarkable success story, and it represents an ideal example of how to plan, execute and market free zones. The fact that it houses companies representing the entire economic spectrum is particularly impressive and we keen to enhance and sustain the close economic ties it Singapore shares with the city of Dubai, especially with Dubai Ports and Jafza.”

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