Accelerating the UAE’s rapidly advancing e-commerce ecosystem, Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the first and largest free zone ecosystem for logistics and trade, has emerged as a destination for E-Commerce fulfilment and sales in the MENA region
The pioneering facilities and services in Jafza already provide benefits to over 1,700 partners engaged in E-Commerce
The free zone emphasises its offering for e-commerce fulfilment and tackled how changes to regulations and consumption demand creates new opportunities for existing and new regional companies. Jafza’s location, which provides businesses with a single customs-bonded area, connecting Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) and Jebel Ali Port, creates an optimal environment for cross-border e-commerce activities. Retail and wholesale traders have seen a boom in online demand for goods which has led to an increase in the number of businesses in the e-commerce space and a transformation of business activities to focus on serving the customers. Companies operating in Jafza can optimise consolidation and order fulfilment services for the MENA region while enjoying unparalleled connectivity and efficiency in logistics. All these factors translate to lower costs, time-effective fulfilment services and increased customer satisfaction.
Jafza, with the support of Dubai Trade, has developed digital logistics solutions that ensure efficient operations for partners in the free zone. These solutions helped e-commerce companies to function seamlessly despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic.
One-of-a-kind environment for accelerating E-Commerce in MENA
The free zone has recently announced new offerings for e-commerce fulfilment companies, thus reaffirming its role in enabling wholesale and retail businesses and strengthening its position as the preferred free zone for e-commerce in the UAE, the GCC and the broader region. Fulfilment facilities range from 300 to 1,000 sqm, with flexible lease terms, helping companies establish and scale their businesses across the MENA region. Additionally, proximity to parcel delivery consolidation centres and e-commerce marketplaces like Amazon and Noon provides operators greater time flexibility and cost-efficiency.
Currently, the robust e-commerce ecosystem in the free zone hosts over 1,700 customers, accounting for a trade value of AED 7 billion
With the ever-changing business landscape, e-commerce has become an indispensable part of the global retail framework. Driven by ongoing digital transformation efforts and the UAE’s wise direction as part of the “Projects of the 50” principles, the country has remained at the forefront of the digital revolution. DP World has consistently complemented the national efforts, boosting the economy and delivering innovative solutions that help its continued growth. The pioneering facilities and services in Jafza already provide benefits to over 1,700 partners engaged in e-commerce. DP World will continue to optimise its ecosystem to offer an integrated digital experience from receiving to last-mile delivery. Its greater goal is under- scoring Dubai’s long-term commitment to facilitating the growth of regional and global commerce.
Driving competitive digital transformation
The e-commerce sector in the UAE has displayed immense potential, recording a market value of AED 14.3 billion in 2020 and a 53 per cent year-on-year increase. During the same period, Jafza itself contributed nearly 50 per cent of the trade value, witnessing total trade of AED 7 billion. The free zone leased almost four million sqm of space to local and global e-commerce companies, which is seven times the size of the total internal floor area of The Dubai Mall. Jafza provides flexible establishment options to set up operations into the free zone with zero disruption.
300 to 1,000 sqm ready-to-occupy units will give businesses the flexibility to operate with ease