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Staff Reporter, Gulf Today

The Sharjah Airport International Free Zone Authority (SAIF zone) has achieved a series of considerable successes in 2021, cementing its position as a major hub for trade, industry and logistics services in the region. The guidance and vision of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has been the main catalyst for the Authority to achieve such important milestones.

The total area of ​​leased and invested land in the free zone was 263,000 square feet, ranging from land to warehouses for global companies from India, Britain, Spain, Belgium and others.

The Authority’s promotional campaigns in the Middle East, America, Europe, Asia and Africa have been instrumental in establishing strategic partnerships with major investors who, in turn, have expressed interest in settle in Sharjah and take advantage of the promising opportunities offered by the Emirate.

Over the past year, SAIF Zone has boosted and enriched its digital services with 36 new features, bringing its total of electronic services to 284 services. In the projects section, the authority has launched the service of registration and compliance of beneficial owners, while the service of application for construction permit and establishment of a new company has been added to the service of the rental and licensing. These services are part of a complete and integrated system to manage the experience of customers in the SAIF area with great speed and efficiency.

This is part of the Authority’s painstaking efforts to attract foreign direct investment to Sharjah to maintain its position as one of the most innovative free zones in the Middle East, through a host of diverse and integrated digital services to enhance ease of doing business. .

“The figures and achievements of the past year clearly reflect the strength of the national economy of the Emirate of Sharjah, thanks to the visions and guidance of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and ruler of Sharjah, and its ability to adapt to changes in the global economy and create promising new investment opportunities,” said Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, Director of the Sharjah International Free Zone Authority. Sharjah Airport.

Al Mazrouei explained that the Authority has translated these visions by granting exclusive privileges and advantages to companies and investors wishing to settle in the SAIF zone.

He pointed out that the industrial, commercial and logistical infrastructure provided by the Authority, as well as its integrated business solutions, have consolidated its position as a perfect and global destination for businesses, in a way that supports economic diversification plans and the sustainable growth of the emirate.

Al Mazrouei added: “Over the past year, we have strengthened our digital system by adding new features and services, which has enhanced investor confidence in the Authority and improved the ease of doing business. . This is in line with the aspirations of Sharjah’s wise rulers and government directions to adopt best practices and build an advanced digital system, in which the Authority works around the clock to serve investors and provides integrated and transparent services. to save customers effort and time.”

Advanced Armor Engineering (AAE), a British-owned and operated steel manufacturing company, has leased additional land in the area with an investment of more than 20 million UAE dirhams ($5 million) in as part of its expansion plans.

The British firm has rented an additional 19,500 square feet of land, bringing its total area to 67,500 square feet, in order to increase its production capacity.

Concord Enviro FZE, an Indian company operating in the treatment and recycling of industrial wastewater and the desalination of seawater, has leased additional plots of land of 130,000 square feet to set up new facilities to cope growing demand from local and regional markets for the latest industrial technologies. wastewater recycling products manufactured by the company in multiple sectors including pharmaceutical industries, textiles, distilling industries, tanneries, steel industries, yeast, paints, dyes, cement, food and beverages, paper, electrical and other industries.

Also in the same year, Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone) signed an investment agreement with TORRECID, under which the Spanish group will lease three state-of-the-art warehouses covering an area of ​​20,000 square feet. , making it the first head office of the group not only in the United Arab Emirates but also in the GCC countries.

India’s Forpack Industries, a leading manufacturer of Recycled Kraft Paper and Cardboard Paper, has leased four warehouses in U2 area of ​​SAIF Zone with a total area of ​​25,833 sq. ft., making it the first head office of the company in the UAE,

The initial capital of the company is estimated at Dhs 10 million, while the business plan will include the production of total packaging solutions, the production and marketing of industrial pallet stretch films and LLDPE stretch films, as well as as the manufacture of cardboard boxes and tissue paper products.

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