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Jafza unveils plans to increase FDI in healthcare at Arab Health 2019

28 January 2019

Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), DP World’s flagship free zone and home to thousands of businesses from over 100 countries has a major presence at Arab Health 2019, the largest healthcare event in the MENA region being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 to 31 January, 2019.

Jafza’s participation highlights prospects for global healthcare majors in the region. The free zone is home to more than 160 healthcare and pharmaceutical companies from over 38 countries and accounted for over 30% of Dubai’s total trade value for the sector in 2017.

The UAE’s healthcare sector is poised for growth, with market forecasts predicting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5 per cent between 2018 and 2023. Confidence in the industry is being further bolstered by the UAE’S expansion of the sector and private sector participation.

Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region said: “The healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors are key strategic target for the UAE as outlined in the Government’s Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030. As a trade and logistics hub, Jafza will help the sector grow by offering world-class solutions and services as the premier destination for business in the Middle East and home to regional headquarters for many international healthcare companies.

“The GCC’s healthcare market is projected to reach USD 71.3 billion by 2020 and Jafza is well poised to help customers leverage the potential the region has to offer. In partnership with Jebel Ali Port and our National Industries Park, we are engaging with pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies to encourage them to transfer their manufacturing facilities, knowledge and research centres to develop Dubai’s manufacturing sector.”

Key companies in the free zone include GSK, Roche, Baxter, Abbott, Tranzone, Sanofi, Life Pharma, Reckitt Benckiser, Wockhardt, Gulf Inject, Aramed, Gulfdrug and Microsynergy. Over 28 per cent of the companies are from the Middle East, 18 per cent from Europe, 25 per cent from Asia, 9 per cent from North America and 20 per cent from Africa.

International pharmaceuticals and medical equipment firms are interested in transferring parts of their plants and research centres abroad to take advantage of international expansion and ensure lower business costs with Dubai considered one of the prime locations.

Arab Health is an annual event and is the largest gathering of healthcare and trade professionals in the MENA region. Over 4,100 companies are exhibiting their services and nearly 85,000 healthcare and trade professionals from across 160 countries will be attending.

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