Umm Al Quwain, UAE. The groundbreaking function of the new office premises and warehouses of Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone was held on Sunday, the 24th of March 2019. The Free Trade Zone is expanding its warehouse and office space to keep up with rapidly rising demand from new clients. The facilities were announced to be complete by March 2020.
Speaking at the function, Sheikh Khalid Bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Chairman of UAQ FTZ, commented, "We are pleased to kick start the ambitious expansion project to facilitate and boost the growth of the investors who have been showing enormous trust and confidence in the free zone since its inception. The new free zone location, with a total area of two million square meters, is poised to become a strategic economic hub and is conveniently located near the highly accessible state highway, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road, connecting UAQ with the emirates of Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Proximity to two international airports as well as multiple seaports, make it logistically ideal.
UAQ Free Zone plan to create an independently functioning sustainable industrial smart city, where Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Fintech startups, R&D centres, logistics, outsourcing and alternative power related industries can flourish and set their operational and administrative offices. UAQ FTZ strategy is to attract employers who would find it more feasible to set up their back-end operations in Umm Al Quwain, rather than in much more expensive cities, by offering facilities at affordable rates. Few activities such as back Offices, R&D Centers, Data Management and Processing, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Legal Outsourcing (LPO) which will get several advantages if established in Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone.
We are building a smart city where its residents will be able to ‘walk to work’. The city will function as an independent business and industrial hub, with amenities for families and employees such as schools, hospitals, hotels, shopping malls and even an Art & Exhibition Centre. As the free zone of the future, our motto will be “sustainable development, technological innovation and prosperity” said Sheikh Khalid Bin Rashid Al Mu’alla.
UAQ FTZ has been home to companies across various industries, and its investment portfolio manufacturing, IT, FMCG’s, and specialized consultancies.
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