Emirates Inks MoU with Jafza Exploring Joint Activities
Emirates and Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore joint cooperation and initiatives targeted at attracting more investments into Dubai by supporting new and existing businesses registered or licensed in the free zone.
Under the MoU, both parties will explore opportunities to offer a number of incentives for new and existing SMEs and larger businesses, including potential enrolment in the airline’s Business Rewards programme.
The MoU was signed by Dina Al Herais, Emirates’ Vice President, Commercial Products, B2B Corporate & Leisure, and Ebtesam Ahmad Alkaabi, Head of Sales, Jafza Sales.
The signing ceremony was also attended by Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Gulf, Middle East & Central Asia, and Ahmad Al Haddad, Chief Operating Officer, Parks and Zones, DP World UAE.
Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer for Emirates Airline, said: "We are pleased to partner with Jafza to support Dubai’s efforts in cementing its leadership position as one of the world’s preferred investment destinations.
"Emirates has been a long-standing supporter of a number of initiatives targeted to support SMEs and innovative start-ups in our home base the UAE, and today’s signing with Jafza reinforces our commitment to help stimulate diverse economic activity in Dubai."
Ahmad Al Haddad, Chief Operating Officer, Parks and Zones, DP World UAE said: "Since its inception, Dubai has built a reputation as a global business ecosystem. It is a magnet for entrepreneurs and investors worldwide owing to the strategic support of the government and private sector, which has led to an SME boom in the emirate.
"Today, they make up nearly 95% of all companies, employing 42% of the workforce and contributing around 40% to Dubai's GDP. Our partnership with Emirates focuses on boosting growth with new travel offerings to attract global investors and venture capitalists."
Emirates currently has over 20,000 small and medium sized businesses enrolled in its Business Rewards programme and is providing a gamut of benefits including simplified enrolment, easier earning and redemptions, greater flexibility on retaining and using points in addition to upgrade opportunities.