Mauritius seeks cooperation with Dubai Airport Freezone



A delegation from the Republic of Mauritius visited Dubai Airport Freezone to seek cooperation and assistance with a planned 72 hectares air cargo logistics centre.

“Like Dubai, we would like to develop Mauritius into an aviation hub to increase traffic and at the same time put more emphasis on air cargo. There are lots of similarities between Dubai and Mauritius in terms of population and business interests.” said Mr. Nanda Narrainen, Assistant Director of International Business Development of the Board of Investment (BOI) of the Republic of Mauritius.

“We are developing an air cargo logistics centre in a 72 hectare area. The first phase of this will be development of a 32 hectare area,” added Narrainen.

“Mauritius is now classified as a middle income country and ranks, on the basis of the recent Human Development Index for 173 countries, 67th globally, 40th among developing countries and second in Africa.”

He added that his country’s economy is now diversified with Information Technology, real estate and financial services contributing to its economy. “Logistics and transport contribute 10% to GDP, financial services 11% and IT five per cent. Mr. Narrainen was accompanied by Aarti Dwarka Deeljore, Talent Manager of the BOI.

Mr. Mohammed bin Suwailem, Director of Sales of Dubai Airport Freezone, who welcomed the delegation along with Abdulhameed Ali Al Marzouqi, Director of Projects, said: “Dubai Airport Freezone is ready to share its 14 years experience with all sister Freezones and exchange expertise and knowledge to increase the region foreign investments.

“Dubai Airport Freezone had a 30% growth last year. It is a one stop shop where everything from visa processing, health facilities for conducting medical checks for employees of Freezone companies and logistics companies are located in the area for the convenience of our tenants,” said bin Suwailem.

He added that Dubai Airport Freezone has recently won the recognition of FDI magazine of being the No. 1 in the Middle East among Free Zones and No. 2 in the world.