DUBAI, UAE, September 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the Premier Free Zone in the Middle East and Africa under the umbrella of Economic Zones World will be conducting a seminar in Shanghai on September 11, highlighting Dubai's key position as a gateway to the Middle East.
Senior officials from Economic Zones World and Jafza, led by Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Al Janahi, the Deputy CEO of Jafza, and the Chief Commercial Officer of Economic Zones World, and including Mr. Adil Al Zarooni, Senior Vice President of Jafza Sales, as well as Mr. Khalid Ahmed Al Marzooqi, Senior Manager, Asia-Pacific Region, and Mr. Jeffrey Xiaolei Yu, Sales Executive, Asia Pacific Region will emphasise the benefits of Jafza's world class location and highly-developed infrastructure, especially for Chinese companies looking to establish their global base of operations.
The Seminar titled "Jebel Ali Free Zone, Gateway to Middle East and Africa" will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai, Pudong, and will focus on Dubai's unprecedented sea-land-air link, which allows the free movement of goods between Jebel Ali Free Zone, Jebel Ali Port, one of the busiest ports in the world, and Al Maktoum International Airport, which is designed to handle 12 million tonnes of freight, within a single customs bond.
The Free Zone is located close to the site of the World Expo 2020. Like Shanghai in 2010, the Dubai Expo will have a positive impact on the Dubai and UAE economy, with the benefits spreading across the entire MENA region.
A panel discussion on Dubai as a key investment destination will also be held during the day, and will include Mr. Hongbin Cong, Managing Director, Invest Dubai and Mrs. Brenda He, Director at Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
China, UAE's second largest trade partner with trade around US$ 19 billion, has been one of the key trade partners since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1984. China is also the largest trading partner of Jafza, with more than 170 Chinese companies in oil & gas, electronics, electrical, automotive and heavy machinery sectors are currently based in the Free Zone.
Jafza's trade with China stands at around US$ 12.5 billion. Close to 60 percent of China's total trade passes through the UAE for re-export.