DAFZA is Ranked First Globally by the Financial Times’ fDi Magazine


Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA) has been ranked 1st globally by the Financial Times’ fDi Magazine, Global Free Zones of the Future Rankings and Awards 2012/13. DAFZA has won this rating as a result of its outstanding strategic approach and well-articulated plans to service its investors and partners.

Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General of Dubai Airport Freezone commented on this rating: “We were quite confident that DAFZA will stand out as one of the best Free Zones in the world at one point of time, with its planned strategies and vision.”

“Winning this prestigious award is the outcome of our concerted efforts to apply world-class processes and methodologies which encourage creativity and innovation in rendering best values for companies seeking to operate overseas.

Considered the only reputed Free Zones Rankings around the globe, fDi Magazine rankings are based on several criteria such as outstanding performance, growth and expansion plans, and presence of high growth industries.”

Dr. Al Zarooni added “The key objective of participating in the Global Free Zones Ranking is to benchmark our performance with the world renowned Free Zones and determine our position in the Free Zones world map.”

“This has helped us immensely to improve our standards constantly, develop our infrastructure and provide quality services to meet our clients’ ultimate satisfaction. Given this award, we know where we are positioned and what we need to do further to exceed our customers’ expectations and satisfy their business needs.”

Global Investors

Established in 1996, DAFZA has become the gateway for a remarkable number of global investors seeking business opportunities in the Middle East region. Home to over 1600 international firms from various parts of the world, the Free Zone positions itself as one of the fastest growing economic zones in the region. Since its inception fifteen years back, DAFZA contributed enormously to Dubai’s GDP with 2.27% and AED 52 billion in the total trade volume.