the world’s flagship Free Zone and Government of Dubai Authority on commodities trade and enterprise – announced today that it registered 202 new companies in the month of October – the highest figure in a single month for nearly two years.
The sharp increase signals investor confidence in Dubai, and both the appeal of DMCC’s free zone model and diversity of the business ecosystem in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT).
“Our growth figures serve to show the strength of DMCC’s reputation as a global trade hub, and appeal to businesses of all sizes from around the world. Crucially, this announcement also underscores the confidence the market has in Dubai’s economy,” said Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC.
“We have high aspirations for the remaining months of the year. We will continue to promote Dubai’s sustainable, diversified and competitive economic landscape and attract the best and brightest companies to this innovative emirate and award-winning Free Zone,” he added.
Forbes Marketplace and HANWHA HARLOW both joined DMCC in October, in addition to a range of entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and a multinational firms from a variety of sectors including: energy, financial services, technology, professional services, precious metals and stones, food and agro, shipping and logistics.
The vast majority of the new companies originate from outside the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and are set to increase the 10 per cent contribution DMCC’s existing 16,000 members make towards Dubai’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
DMCC’s approach to attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to Dubai – and in particular from China – is in line with the eight principles of the Fifty-Year Charter announced earlier this year by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
In October, Financial Times’ fDi Magazine selected DMCC as the ‘Global Free Zone of the Year 2019’ for a record fifth consecutive year. Receiving seven awards in total, DMCC was also named ‘Global Free Zone of The Year for SMEs’; ‘Middle East Free Zone of The Year’; and ‘Middle East Free Zone of The Year for SMEs’ by the magazine.