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DAFZA celebrates 43rd National Day with cultural activities

Authority reaffirms commitment to support government aspirations to position the UAE among the top countries in the world

Dubai, UAE – December 1, 2014 – Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) celebrated the 43rd UAE National Day with the hosting of a series of entertainment, social, and heritage events reflecting the genuine national values of the UAE’s Union. The celebrations were widely attended by partners and representatives of DAFZA-based companies in the presence of employees and higher officials. They reaffirmed the Authority’s commitment to position itself as one of the most advanced freezones in the world, as part of the government’s aspirations to position the UAE among the most successful and developed nations in the world.

Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General of DAFZA, said that the commemoration of the establishment of the UAE is a proud occasion for all citizens. He explained that National Day is an ideal time to remember the leading achievements of the UAE under the wise leadership and vision of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, who continues to faithfully follow the path of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his brothers, the other founding fathers of the nation.

Dr. Al Zarooni added: “As we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the UAE’s establishment, we offer our heartfelt congratulations to H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and Their Excellencies the Rulers of the Emirates. We reaffirm our commitment to supporting the country’s march towards development, excellence and leadership and will continue to assist in nationwide efforts to consolidate the UAE’s international standing as a leading development model.”

Among the special activities held at DAFZA’s main headquarters was the raising of the UAE flag in the presence of representatives from Dubai Police Academy. The event served as a symbolic expression of loyalty, patriotism and commitment to serving and protecting the country and a reaffirmation of the Academy’s promise to uphold the genuine values on which the UAE is founded. Another highlight was a show featuring children from the Rashid Centre for the Disabled who expressed their loyalty and dedication to rising above their disabilities in the service of their country. Other related activities also reflected DAFZA’s commitment to the vision and directives of the leadership in consolidating national and social integration–a key pillar in building a strong and stable society.

DAFZA continues to support the goals of the UAE Vision 2021 development plan aimed at building a diverse and flexible knowledge-based economy led by qualified and skilled Emiratis. This support is applied through the focus on optimal investments into National manpower and the implementation of a localization policy that has resulted in the 100 per cent localization of senior management positions.

DAFZA believes that women are integral to the fulfilment of its vision being ranked among the most sophisticated free zones in the world. The authority is committed to increase the contributions of its female Emirati staff in a country where women currently occupy 34 per cent of leadership positions. It is also proud of its young staff members who will be joining the national service. This reflects DAFZA’s commitment towards fulfilling its national duties and following the guidance of the country’s wise leadership.

About Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA)

Established in 1996 as a part of the Dubai Government’s strategic plan to become an investment-driven economy, DAFZA is one of the fastest-growing premium free zones in the region. It is currently home to over 1,600 companies from various industry sectors, including aviation, freight and logistics, IT and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, engineering, food & beverage, jewellery, and cosmetics. Located strategically within the boundaries of the Dubai International Airport, DAFZA offers a wide range of modern facilities with state-of-the-art infrastructure.

International investors can enjoy dynamic growth through DAFZA’s excellent incentive packages – including 100 per cent tax exemption, 100 per cent foreign ownership, and no currency restrictions.

DAFZA has also won many regional and international awards. It received the prestigious Dubai Quality Award (DQA) for 2013 and has been awarded the titles of Global Free Zone of the Future (2012/13) and top Middle East Free Zone of the Future (2013/14) by Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) magazine.

DAFZA’s commitment to quality is also recognized by worldwide ISO certificates for Quality, Environment, Health & Safety, Information Security Management, and Complaints Handling.

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