Dubai launches MENA’s first e-commerce free zone

Dubai: Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) and wasl Asset Management have joined forces to launch the MENA region’s first free zone dedicated to e-commerce. Dubai CommerCity is a AED 2.7bn ($735mn) project covering a 2.1 million sq ft area of the Umm Ramool neighbourhood of Dubai. Its backers say the project will support growth of the e-commerce market which is expected to reach $20bn in the GCC by 2020. H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of DAFZA expressed confidence that the project would add a new dimension to Dubai’s commercial activity.

The free zone is strategically located near Dubai International Airport, offering world-class cargo and logistics services with easy access to land and seaports, enabling efficient distribution and delivery of services which are essential to competing in the world of e-commerce. Dubai CommerCity spans a total area of 427,000 square meters inclusive of office space and logistics units covering 207,000 square meters; a total leasable area of 176,000 square meters; and infrastructure and parking areas over 220,000 square meters, with 4,000 parking slots for its customers.

The free zone will be built in two phases and will be divided into three clusters. The Business Cluster includes 13 office buildings with a total leasable area of 108,000 square meters and a total built-up area of 136,000 square meters. The Logistics Cluster consists of 84 units with a total built-up area of 71,000 square meters and a leasable area of 68,000 square meters. The main feature of the cluster is its rooftop PVC solar panels for generating clean energy.

Finally, The Social Cluster will be the heart of Dubai CommerCity, with art galleries, a range of luxury restaurants and cafés, and vibrant facilities that meet the expectations of e-commerce companies wishing to establish regional headquarters in Dubai.

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