fDi Middle East Free Zones of the Future

Dubai Airport Free Zone has been ranked as the top Middle East Free Zone of the Future 2011/12

Dubai Airport Free Zone, located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has climbed from 10th place in the ranking two years ago to be awarded the top position as fDi’s Middle East Free Zone of the Future 2011/12. RAKIA Industrial Park (UAE) took second place followed closely by the Jebel Ali Free Zone (UAE).

Dubai Airport Free Zone performed well across many categories including, Economic Potential, Facilities, Transportation Links and FDI Promotion Strategy. Established in 1996, the zone claims to be one of the fastest growing free zones in the Middle East.

RAKIA Industrial Park was positioned second overall and achieved top spots in the Incentives and Facilities categories. Jebel Ali Free Zone claimed third position overall and was awarded the top Middle East Free Zone for Economic Potential.

fDi Magazine ranked six UAE zones in the top 10 zones with the best Facilities, with RAKIA Industrial Park taking top position, Dubai Internet City in second and Dubai Media City in third.

Highlights include:-

  • Free zones in Jordan preformed well in the Cost Effectiveness category, with Aqaba Special Economic Zone positioned top, followed by KADDB Industrial Park in second and Aqaba International Industrial Estate in third.
  • Dubai Airport Free Zone, Jebel Ali Free Zone and Abu Dhabi Ports Company, all located in the UAE, ranked top among the free zones with the best transportation links.
  • Economic zones based in the UAE dominated the top 25 Middle East free zones, with 15 zones located in the UAE.
  • The independent judging panel scored Bahrain International Investment Park, Aqaba Special Economic Zone, RAKIA Industrial Park, RAK Free Trade Zone and Dubai Airport Free Zone as the zones with the best FDI promotion.


The full results and rankings are available on www.fDiIntelligence.com/Rankings – please register to download the full results for free. For further information please contact Tamsin Purchase, tamsin.purchase@ft.com or +44(0)20 7775 6342

Notes to editors

About fDi Middle East Free Zones of the Future 2011/12

  • More than 130 free zones across the Middle  East were invited by fDi Magazine to complete a survey requesting both qualitative and quantitative data regarding their free zones. The information collected was set under six categories: Economic Potential, Incentives, Facilities, Cost Effectiveness, Transportation and Best FDI Promotion. A total of 20 zones submitted details regarding many aspects of their zone and this was judged and scored by our independent judging panel. Zones scored up to a maximum of 10 points under each individual criteria, which were weighted by importance to give the overall scores.
  • Full results      available on www.fDiIntelligence.com/Rankings and in fDi Magazine – August/September 2011 issue.

About fDi Intelligence

  • fDi Intelligence, from The Financial Times Ltd, is the leading provider of foreign direct investment intelligence. The portfolio encompasses world class products, services and business tools that allow companies and Economic Development Organisations alike to make informed decisions regarding foreign direct investment.
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