Dubai Airport Freezone wins Richard Goodman Award for Strategic Planning
HH Sheikh Ahmed receives award from Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni
Strategic Planning applies outstanding global standards to support foreign investments
UAE, Dubai, 10 May, 2012: His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airport Freezone, welcomed Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General of Dubai Airport Freezone, and the strategic management team at the Free Zone. During the meeting, Dr Zarooni and the team handed over the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award to HH Sheikh Ahmed.
Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum receives the award from the strategic team in the presence of Dr. Al Zarooni
The award, given by the American Strategic Planning Association, recognizes distinction in strategic planning by Dubai Airport Freezone and honours its competence, innovation and excellence.
In his comments on the high-profile award, Dr. Zarooni said:”Dubai Airport Freezone had chalked out a clear strategic plan when it was established over 15 years ago. The plan clearly underlined our core objectives of attracting quality foreign investments, considered vital to added value, and to contribute to the GDP growth of the UAE economy.”
“In order to achieve this objective and to make the Freezone the preferred destination for foreign investments, we adapted our strategies in line with the changed global order in order to meet our partners’ demands and stay updated with our overall business goals,” he added.
Dr. Zarooni said:”Winning the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award is a result of our concerted efforts to apply world-class processes and methodologies which encourage creativity and innovation in the implementation of the strategic planning, and reinforcing the need to improve on the tools and process from time to time.”
Dr. Zarooni noted that handing over the award to H.H. Sheikh Ahmed reflects our gratitude for his encouragement and continued support which has led the team to set international standards and excellence in providing quality services to the Free zone investors.
“One of our priorities is to attract more investors and international companies from various fields and to help expand their business in the Middle East through the Dubai Airport Freezone. We aware of their demands and we work on implementing and developing the same. Strategic Planning is considered one of the most important elements that meet the demands of our customers and help them in expanding their business across the Gulf and Middle East.”
Yousuf Behzad, Executive Director of Human Resources and Strategy,DAFZ said:”The purpose of participating in the top global award was aimed at achieving outstanding standards in the implementation of strategic planning processes, emphasizing the excellence of the free zone in enforcing the same and help achieving its objectives.”
“Goodman Award is a significant award, which has been conferred upon global institutions and top companies in the past, including American Federal Aviation Authority, California Space Authority, US Army Corps of Engineering and the city of Hamilton in Canada,” he added.
The Strategic Department team at the Dubai Airport Freezone consistently works on achieving the objectives of the institution, which includes the on-going development of the infrastructure, gaining customer satisfaction, and providing all necessary facilities to create tailored environment for foreign investors to expand their business in the Gulf and around the region.”
About Dubai Airport Freezone
Established in 1996 as a part of the Dubai Government's strategic plan to be an investment driven economy, Dubai Airport Freezone is one of the fastest growing premium free zones in the region. The free zone is currently home to over 1,600 companies from various industry sectors, including aviation, freight and logistics, IT and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, engineering, food & beverage, jewelry and cosmetics. Located strategically within the boundaries of Dubai International Airport, Dubai Airport Freezone offers a range of modern facilities with a state-of-the-art infrastructure.
International investors can enjoy dynamic growth through Dubai Airport Freezone's excellent incentive packages including 100% tax exemption, 100% foreign ownership and no currency restrictions. Situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, the Dubai Airport Freezone is a gateway providing access to over 2.5 billion consumers.
Dubai Airport Freezone's commitment to quality is recognized by worldwide ISO certificates for Quality, Environment, Health & Safety and Information Security Management System, as well as Complaints Handling System. In addition to various regional and international awards, Dubai Airport Freezone has won the prestigious Dubai Quality Appreciation Programme award in the service category in 2010.