October 17, 2018

Industrial zone picks up the Trade Facilitator/Free Zone of the Year accolade at inaugural hosting of regional awards scheme

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 17 October 2018:

Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) was named ‘Trade Facilitator/Free Zone of the Year’ at last night’s inaugural Logistics & Transport Awards. Competing against a wide range of shortlisted free zones and trade facilitators, KIZAD was recognized for its ongoing success and vision for the future.

The awards scheme, run by Logistics News ME, is open to individuals and companies from a variety of sectors, including transportation, cargo, e-commerce, supply chain, and technology. The aim is not only to celebrate success but also recognise the future strategies of logistics and supply chain companies from across the region.

At the awards ceremony last night [on Oct 16] at Habtoor Palace in Dubai, Obada Abu Shakra, Vice President of Industrial Zone Business Support at KIZAD and Edwin Lammers, Vice President of Commercial at KIZAD, accepted the ‘Trade Facilitator/Free Zone of the Year’ award on behalf of the company.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “As KIZAD delivers on its mandate to be among the cornerstones of Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030, I’m confident that the region’s largest industrial hub will continue to unlock long-term growth for a diverse range of businesses sectors. This latest recognition is another chapter in KIZAD’s success story, demonstrating its continued ability to foster a world-class and thriving industrial, manufacturing and logistics ecosystem that plays a critical role in attracting foreign direct investment to the Emirate.”

Samir Chaturvedi, CEO, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), said: “We are proud to receive an award that not only recognises the incredible offering we already have at KIZAD but also our exciting plans for the future.

“The customer experience is vital to the success of our business and we will continue to develop both new and existing products and services to ensure that firms based at KIZAD can thrive and grow.”

The awards highlight the ongoing success and growth of KIZAD, which last year saw total tenant occupied space increase by 27%, while the total number of people working within the hub leapt by 15%. Earlier this year, the industrial zone also signed agreements with 15 Chinese companies to invest $1 billion in the Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone (KPFTZ) and established an in-house China desk that can communicate effectively with China-based investors. The launch of KIZAD Logistics City and KIZAD Construction City is also set to provide investors across key markets with products and services that offer greater efficiencies, connectivity and robust competitive positioning. KIZAD now encompasses 410 square kilometres with more than 200 tenants and AED 65 billion in total investment to date.