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Jebel Ali is situated right outside its glitzy neighboring communities. It is home to the 27-year-old Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the oldest, most successful free trade zone in the country. It is not only one of the largest in the world in terms of size, but also one of the fastest growing. It is also home to the Port of Jebel Ali, the largest man-made harbor in this part of the world.
The Jebel Ali District, subdivided into Downtown Jebel Ali and Jebel Ali, takes care of the residential needs of workers employed in the free zone through labor camps and the commercial property needs of the companies that are situated there. These companies total more than 7,000, and include more than a fifth of the world’s Fortune 500 companies. Downtown Jebel Ali is a mixed-use development of residential and commercial properties.
Sustainability is key in the industrial and logistics solutions provided to companies in the free zone. Commercial property types available for clients include warehouses for logistics and cargo storage, open barren land, storage and office spaces, both serviced and unserviced, furnished and non-furnished. Warehouses are of various types, some fitted with racks and insulated, others have built-in office space, and the rest with air conditioning.
An added incentive for the commercial clients of JAFZA is the country’s Etihad Rail project which will carry both freight and passengers, and possibly have a station connecting it to the Dubai Metro.
Favorable market conditions and the ease of facilities offered to clients of JAFZA, especially the first-rate infrastructure, translate into big business and profitability since it was developed. Also, the location of Jebel Ali is strategic in terms of the continents it can cater to like Asia, Africa and Europe.
• Jebel Ali is a largely industrial area with a sprinkling of residences
• JAFZA is one of the country’s most successful free trade zones
• The Etihad Rail will provide huge benefits to all Jebel Ali companies
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Source: Bushra Hameduddin, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer