Dubai's Dafza sees 8% rise in revenue in first half of 2018

Dubai Airport Freezone Authority registers revenue boost as number of companies rises by 15% in first six months of the year
Dubai's Dafza sees 8% rise in revenue in first half of 2018
By Sam Bridge
Tue 28 Aug 2018 02:29 PM

Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) has announced that revenue grew by 8 percent during the first six months of 2018 compared to the year-earlier period.

The free zone said the H1 results included a 10 percent increase in licensing revenues and a 31 percent increase in revenues from government services.

DAFZA said the positive figures were delivered as a result of its strategic plan set in early 2017, which comes in line with the ambitious objectives of the Dubai Plan 2021.

The success witnessed by DAFZA came with a steady increase in leasable area reaching 43 percent compared to 2017, with a 63 percent growth in warehouses and 29 percent increase in office space.

DAFZA Industrial Park, the first expansion project outside DAFZA’s boundaries located in Al Qusais Industrial Area, witnessed an occupancy rate of 82 percent during the first half of this year, a statement said.

It added that DAFZA achieved 15 percent growth in the number of registered companies over the same period in 2017 including a 5 percent in the number of multinational companies and a 17 percent rise in the number of registered SMEs.

DAFZA recently announced a 65 percent reduction in business start-up fees, in line with Dubai's efforts to become an ideal destination for investment and prosperity and to consolidate the stability of free zone companies’ operations in order to sustain investments and support their growth.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority, said: “DAFZA’s remarkable performance results for 2018 H1 showcase the expected success of the plans developed by DAFZA to promote sustainable economic development in the emirate.

"It is also the result of the initiatives and investment incentives launched by the Government of Dubai which have been guided by the wise leadership in order to attract foreign direct investment from international companies.”

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