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JAFZA Records 24% Growth in Food & Agriculture Trade

Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO & Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region and CEO of Jafza

Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the leading business and logistics hub recorded a total trade growth of 24% and an increase of 7% in its customer base year-on-year in 2019, reinforcing its status as a preferred destination for businesses related to food & agricultural commodities.

The Free Zone has a dedicated Food and Agriculture cluster of 1.57 million square metres with
over 550 companies from more than 70 countries, employing over 6,000 people. Thirty-eight
per cent of these companies are from the Middle East, 23% from Asia, 19% from Europe, 10%
from Africa, 8% from North America, 1% from South America and 1% from Oceania.

Jafza is home to some of the region’s top players in the industry such as Bayara, Al Khaleej
Sugar, Alokozay, Nestle, Heinz, Unilever, Hunter Foods to name a few. The strategic location
and premium facilities of Jafza have made it the preferred destination for many countries
globally — including Brazil, the USA, Pakistan, Netherlands and South Africa, importing sugar,
meat, cocoa, and dairy products. Meanwhile, Iraq, India and Saudi Arabia are among the top
export destinations, exporting coffee, tea, fruits, spices and dairy products.

Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO & Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region and CEO
of Jafza, said: “We have explored ways to further facilitate food trade and distribution while
maintaining the continuity of food supply, which is crucial to the UAE and the region. Our
mandate is to prioritise the needs of citizens and residents, and we have worked towards
sustainability, ensuring sufficient food is available. We have ensured business continuity and a
prompt recovery for the post COVID-19 economy. Illustrating Dubai's role as a major gateway
for global trade, the emirate’s external food trade volumes in the first half of this year reached
nine million tonnes, representing AED32 billion in total, whereas Dubai’s food imports touched
Dh22 billion. This demonstrates how robust Dubai’s economy is despite the global COVID-19
pandemic and also underpins the effectiveness of its food security strategies. In line with the
newly launched UAE Sustainable Agriculture System, we aim to support the increase of self-
sufficiency from agricultural production and workforce in the agricultural sector.”

DP World, UAE Region’s multimodal connectivity reinforces Dubai’s long-term commitment to
maintain the growth and development of regional trade. Thanks to Jafza & strategic location
near Jebel Ali Port, it offers connectivity to over 3.5 billion consumers. With a reputation as one
of the world’s finest locations for companies to establish their businesses and grow, the free
zone ensures flexible services through Dubai Trade, DP World, UAE Region’s single window
platform for cross-border trade.

To make it easier for investors and business owners in times of COVID-19, smart services from
Dubai Trade include the “E-Delivery Order” to allow supply chain stakeholders to handle their
complex import processes and ZADI, an innovative unified food import platform aimed at
facilitating the import and re-export of food shipments throughout Dubai ports. All these
services are accessible online to minimise the need for manual transactions and personal visits.
With Jafza, food and agricultural businesses can benefit from advanced packaging solutions,
and avail pre-built warehouses for high quality storage. It has also introduced a Halal
Incubation Centre to encourage traders to launch their halal business in Dubai. Via Jafza, users
can accelerate their end-to-end halal food supply chain. This represents a major business
opportunity and is just another example of Jafza’s constant excellence.

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