The Full-Scale Disinfection Drive Aims To Facilitate Over 8,000 Companies Resume Full Operations in Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 3rd of June 2020: Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the leading trade and logistics hub announced its readiness to facilitate the full operations of over 8,000 companies through conducting a massive disinfection programme across all its facilities.
The area covered for internal fumigation and disinfection of buildings is around 3,300,000 sqm equivalent to 462 soccer fields. The road disinfection campaign carried out a couple of months ago to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) covered more than 35km.
The disinfection programme started in March 2020, and has not stopped since then. It has covered all office and accommodation buildings, security gates and commercial centres, as well as the main roads in Jafza.
With the return of staff, Jafza has implemented comprehensive policy and guidelines such as executing complete disinfection and sanitisation programme for all equipment, vehicles, offices and other physical assets. Isolation rooms have been identified, and all processes and procedures are in line with DHA guidelines for dealing with such cases. All COVID-related essentials such as identification of symptoms, emergency numbers, awareness and instructions will be conveyed through desktop displays, emails, text messages, notices and flyers. Such resolute measures will sustain business continuity and facilitate resumption of essential operations.
Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO & Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region and CEO of Jafza, said: “As the world is working to cope with COVID-19, Dubai will play a pivotal role in the post-pandemic economy recovery thanks to its state-of-art infrastructure, effective resilience strategies and its ability to efficiently deal with all circumstances. In line with Dubai Government’s directives for private sector businesses to operate at 100 per cent capacity while Dubai government employees would fully resume working at their offices from 14 June 2020, we are ready for the immediate return of Jafza companies to pursue normal operations. We will continue to implement the highest precautionary measures and full inspections aiming to protect the health and safety of all our employees and partners. We’re also working closely with all companies in Jafza to continuously raise awareness about the required measures which will keep their staff and customers safe in compliance with the directives of the competent authorities in Dubai and the UAE.”
Al Muallem added, “The safety of our community is our top priority because people are our most valuable asset. Over the months, we have implemented a resolute action plan. The measures we implemented have enabled our companies to continue their services and facilitated essential trade flowing in the midst of the global pandemic, while adhering to the requirements of the UAE Government, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the World Health Organization.”
Jafza is home to the world’s well-reputed companies, including over 100 of the Global Fortune 500 enterprises, and has attracted 23.9 per cent of Dubai’s foreign direct investment (FDI) sustaining more than 135,000 jobs.
About Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza)
Jafza is one of the world’s leading free trade zones and is home to over 8,000 multinational companies. Jafza accounts for 23.9% of total FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) flow into Dubai, sustaining the employment of more than 135,000 people in the United Arab Emirates. In 2018, Jafza generated trade worth USD 93 billion.
Strategically located at the crossroads of a region providing market access to over 3.5 billion people, Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone create an integrated multi-modal hub offering sea, air and land connectivity, complemented by extensive logistics facilities. The Port and Free Zone contributed 33.4% of Dubai’s GDP in 2017.
Jafza is the leading business hub between Asia, Europe and Africa, connecting some of the fastest-growing manufacturing and consumer markets globally. With over 30 years’ experience, Jafza focuses on long-term customer relationships, building alliances with global investors and providing world-class infrastructure and support, in addition to quality-driven value-added services and incentives. Jafza is a business opportunity enabler, offering its customers easy and efficient access to substantial business opportunities in the region.