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New $735m free zone announced

November 2017

Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (Dafza) has announced plans to develop the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region’s first free zone dedicated to e-commerce in Dubai at an investment of Dh2.7 billion ($735 million).

 A joint venture between Dafza and UAE-based wasl Asset Management Group, the Dubai CommerCity will come up over a sprawling 2.1-million-sq-ft area in Umm Ramool.

Dubai CommerCity spans a total area of 427,000 sq m inclusive of office spaces and logistics units covering 207,000 sq m; a total leasable area of 176,000 sq m; and infrastructure and parking areas over 220,000 sq m, with 4,000 parking slots for its customers.

 The free zone is divided into three clusters designed in a modern and innovative way to strategically achieve environmental and investment sustainability. State-of-the-art technologies are implemented to provide investors with quality experiences.

 The Business Cluster includes 13 office buildings with a total leasable area of 108,000 sq m and a total built-up area of 136,000 sq m. It features modern buildings and landscapes within the interior and exterior areas to encourage customers to adopt a healthy and active approach while doing business.  The cluster will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Leed)-certified as well, said Dafza.

 The Logistics Cluster consists of 84 logistic units with a total built-up area of 71,000 sq m and a leasable area of 68,000 sq m equipped with the latest technologies to meet the needs of logistics services providers and customers. The main feature of the cluster is its rooftop PVC (polyvinyl chloride) solar panels for generating clean energy, it stated.

 Finally, The Social Cluster is the heart of Dubai CommerCity, with its art galleries, a range of luxury restaurants and cafés, and vibrant facilities that meet the expectations of e-commerce companies wishing to establish regional headquarters in Dubai. 

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