The steadily expanding healthcare and pharmaceutical segment of Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), is in spotlight at the ongoing Arab Health 2020, the largest healthcare event of the Mena region, in Dubai, UAE.
The event which opened yesterday (January 27) and will run until January 30, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Jafza accounts for nearly 38 per cent of Dubai's total healthcare and pharmaceutical trade by volume and over 30 per cent by value.
Its client base includes global brands such as Sanofi, Roche, Abbott, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and others. The free zone hosts manufacturers like LifePharma, Gulf Inject, Quest Vitamins and is the regional distribution base for multinational companies either in their custom-built temperature-controlled facilities or through third-party cool, cold and ambient warehouses.
Built from the ground up, Jafza is the only free zone with the ability to support indigenous manufacturing for the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector. It is home to over 162 companies in this sector spread across more than 40 countries.
Pharmaceuticals is one of the six priority industry sectors identified for focussed development by the Dubai Government under the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030. The strategy aims to increase the total output and value-addition of the manufacturing sector.
Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and managing director, DP World, UAE Region and CEO of Jafza, said:
“When we talk about the growth of the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector, our thoughts automatically align with the key strategic targets of the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030.”
“Being one of the major contributors to Dubai’s health sector, Jafza has been providing support to our customers in every facet across the supply chain. Our participation in Arab Health 2020 is with an aim to strengthen our roots, showcase the efficiency and the ecosystem we’ve put in place in Jebel Ali and contribute as many building blocks to this thriving business as possible in order to attract investors from the region and beyond,” he added.
Jafza provides state-of-the-art facilities that cater to the sector’s requirements such as temperature-controlled warehouses, customised innovative development solutions, infrastructure-ready plots of land – all located within minutes of Jebel Ali Port, the largest in the region, equipped with over 8,000 reefer points spread across the terminals powering refrigerated containers.
The facilities include customised offices, showrooms and light industrial units fitted with ramps for forklifts, loading docks for trucks and containers and fire exit doors.
Jafza’s optimised operations and high-performance logistics solutions are the key reason for it being best suited for businesses in the industry. The Dubai Logistics Corridor facilitates custom-bonded trade flow by linking the sea, land and air, making it an all-encompassing solution, it stated. – TradeArabia News Service