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Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA)
Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA) is a rapidly growing economic zone that was established in 1996 to attract global investors seeking business opportunities in the Middle East region. With over 2,300 international firms from around the world, DAFZA is one of the fastest-growing economic zones in the region. It has been ranked as the top free zone globally by the Foreign Direct Investment Magazine's Global Free Zones & Awards 2012/13 due to its exceptional strategic approach and well-articulated plans to serve its investors and partners.
Dubai South is a large-scale development in Dubai that focuses on building an aviation and logistics ecosystem centered around Al Maktoum Airport- designed to be the world's largest international airport. It is constructed to be a global transport hub and a major contributor to the economic growth of Dubai and the UAE. With business-friendly free zone benefits and a range of residential options to suit different lifestyles, Dubai South offers a living and working environment for businesses and individuals alike. The development comprises an Aviation District, Logistics District, and Business Park to support various sectors and industries.
Dubai South is one the pioneering e-commerce enablers in the country and is the home to EZDubai, a dedicated e-commerce zone strategically positioned adjacent to the airport cargo terminal, and connected to Jebel Ali Port via bonded passage as well as to major road networks giving it 360° regional and global connectivity via 150 shipping lanes, over 100 airlines and more than 240 destinations.
Dubai Multi Commodities Center
DMCC was established in 2002 and is now dedicated to supporting over 13,000 businesses from a wide range of sectors and industries, spanning from agro, energy, and financial services to precious metals such as diamonds, gold, and base metals. It serves as a business hub, offering an ideal location for companies to grow and expand their operations, providing access to a robust infrastructure, trade network, and business-friendly environment.
Dubai CommerCity is a free zone exclusively dedicated to e-commerce businesses in MENA and South Asia. The free zone is strategically positioned to take advantage of the expected growth in digital commerce, which is predicted to outpace global growth averages in the region.
Other relevant free zones in the UAE include Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), Sharjah Publishing City (SPC), and Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ), among others.
In summary, the UAE has several free zones that are ideal for e-commerce businesses. These free zones offer various benefits and incentives which we are tackling in the next section.