Jafza unveils plans for South Zone expansion

Clusters are being developed at a cost of more than US $545 million

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By  Eudore Chand Published  February 26, 2005

Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority has moved on to the next level of diversification with the launch of South Zone, an ambitious project to develop specific industry sectors through eight different clusters. It is being developed at an estimated cost of over US $545 million (AED2 billion). The eight new clusters are: Construction Square; Dubai Distribution Centre; Digital Valley; Pharma-Med Park; Chemical and Plastic Field; Paper Pack Zone; Fragrance and Beauty Park; and Food and Beverage Park. “As an outstanding symbol of the entrepreneurial spirit of the free trading city of Dubai, Jafza is constantly introducing innovative concepts aimed at enhancing the image of Dubai as the world’s premier trade and transshipment centres. The launch of South Zone is in line with Jafza’s vision to expand its horizons to attract global players, and reinforce its standing as one of the world’s most admired free zones,” said Abdallah Lootah, chief operating officer of Jafza. Construction Square seeks to tap Dubai’s construction sector that is currently seeing projects worth $28 billion. The 2 million m2 development will provide world-class amenities to architects, developers, cement manufacturers and building fitters. The 5 million m2 Dubai Distribution Centre will play host to companies specialising in shipping, warehousing, transportation and distribution. It will enjoy the benefits of Dubai’s booming economy and its proximity to Gulf markets, Indian Subcontinent and Africa. Pharma-Med Park will cater to the multibillion-dollar medical products, equipment and services market and will help reduce the UAE’s dependence on imported pharmaceuticals by offering facilities for production of sophisticated medical products for a regional market. Food and Beverage Park is being built to international specifications to enable the processing and packaging of all kinds of foods. Around 2 million m2 is being earmarked for it. Digital Valley will cater to the Middle East IT and electronics market currently valued at $8 billion. Other sectors — such as packing industries — could also be accommodated. It will feature a full range of facilities, including custom-built warehouses as well as plots for self-construction. Chemical & Plastic Field is dedicated to the Middle East’s plastics, rubber and chemicals sector currently valued at $33 billion. Facilities will include hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal and special water treatment covering 1 million m2. Paper Pack Zone will be over 1 million m2, while Fragrance, Beauty and Fashion Park spans 2 million m2 and will house facilities including test laboratories.

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