Jafza and GDRFA simplify and speed up transactions for free zone companies
Over 150,000 Jafza-based employees to benefit with visa transaction time cut to 24 hours
Sultan Bin Sulayem: New phase of cooperation to enhance processes
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2nd July 2018:- Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the region’s trade enabler and leading business hub, today signed a cooperation agreement with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) to further simplify existing visa procedures and improve customer experience.
Under the agreement, the GDRFA will provide enhanced services to companies operating in Jafza and the National Industries Park (NIP), both DP World subsidiaries, through the recently completed electronic link that will directly benefit more than 150,000 people working in over 7,500 Jafza-based companies. The time taken to process visas and related transactions is being cut to 24 hours or less.
The agreement was signed by Major General Mohamed Ahmed Al Marri, Director-General of GDRFA, and Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO, Jebel Ali Free Zone, and CEO and Managing director, DP World, UAE Region.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DP World, said:
“Our aim is to build on our relationship with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs. As home to tens of thousands of employees who need work and residence visas, Jafza constantly seeks to improve the support services required to help companies focus on their core business activities.
“The agreement represents a new phase of cooperation with the GDRFA and integrates business practices as directed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Simplifying business processesresults in increased efficiency and more productive companies and employees. We thank the GDRFA for their cooperation in achieving this.”
Major General Mohamed Ahmed Al Marri, Director-General, GDRFA, said: “We aim to reinforce our partnership with Jafza to achieve the strategic vision of Dubai and to keep pace with the development of comprehensive and sustainable solutions.
“We are committed to supporting initiatives that contribute to the success of Dubai and the UAE to further strengthen the coordination between all entities, and to achieve the common interests and objectives of the government. The signing is evidence of the confidence we have in Jafza for providing world-class services and competitive advantage.”
As part of the UAE’s efforts to evolve digital communication and technology adoption, the GDRFA has upgraded its e-services to help customers manage all their visa-related transactions online in a secure environment, saving time and resources.
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About Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza)
Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) is one of the world’s leading free trade zones. A DP World-owned company, the free zone was created in 1985 to promote trade and support container throughput at the Jebel Ali Port. Today it is one of the largest free zones globally and the region’s most efficient logistics hub. Located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, between the world’s most productive container terminal, Jebel Ali Port, and Al Maktoum International Airport, Jafza provides the best in multi-modal connectivity.
Jafza accounts for almost 32% of total FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) flow into the country. The free zone contributes 21% of Dubai’s GDP on a yearly basis and it sustains the employment of more than 135,000 people in the United Arab Emirates. In 2016, Jafza generated trade worth USD 80.2 billion.
As the leading business hub between Asia, Europe and Africa, the fastest growing producing and consumer markets globally, with over 30 years’ experience, Jafza focuses on long-term customer relationships. Jafza builds alliances with global investors by providing them with world-class infrastructure and support, plus quality-driven value-added services and incentives. Jafza enables its customers to access huge business opportunities in the region with ease and efficiency.