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Resilience & Growth: Dubai South

With the UAE setting a world-beating example in its COVID-19 vaccination program, the country as a whole can now turn its full attention to spurring economic advancement and investing in new, exciting projects. And having weathered the storm of both the pandemic and recent shocks to oil prices, Dubai's ambitions remain undiminished.

One jewel among Dubai's pioneering projects is Dubai South, which represents a landmark in the Emirate's vision. Identified as Dubai's flagship urban project, Dubai South is an emerging 145-sqkm, master-planned city based on the happiness of the individual. This revolutionary urban project will, upon completion, house a million people. Launched in 2006 as Government of Dubai's flagship urban project, Dubai South is an integrated airport city located in the southern end of Jebel Ali, spanning across 145sqkm of development. In line with Dubai Plan 2021, the city's masterplan embodies the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to build a world-class community of happy, creative, and empowered people; an inclusive society; a preferred place to live, work and invest; a smart and sustainable city; and a global business hub.

With its proximity to the Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), set to become the world's largest airport, and the Jebel Ali Port, Dubai South presents a complete economic platform for every kind of business and industry. The mixed-use development project can accommodate around 1 million people, create 500,000 jobs, and is home to Expo 2020. Dubai South encapsulates important verticals, including the Logistics District, Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH), and Residential District.

Representing the epitome of logistical innovation encapsulated within a premier infrastructure network, Dubai South's Logistics District offers premier services and operations as well as uninterrupted access to Jebel Ali Port via a bonded logistics corridor. The district comprises multiple zones, which have direct access to the cargo terminals at Al Maktoum International Airport; EZDubai, a fully dedicated e-commerce free zone strategically located in the heart of the district; and a Contract Logistics Zone, which, through its proximity and uninterrupted access to Jebel Ali Port via a bonded logistics corridor, enhances efficiencies of businesses reliant on sea freight. Furthermore, Dubai South is home to Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, which stands as the region's first aerotropolis, and to infrastructure dedicated to a diverse aviation ecosystem on the doorstep of an airport destined to become the world's largest. Moreover, Dubai South offers a wide range of real estate offerings across residential and mixed-use properties, including the Residential District, which is home to Dubai South's flagship residential project, The Pulse, an urban mixed-use development that comprises 1,400 apartments and townhouses, shopping mall, hotels, retail, as well as communities and properties by renowned developers.


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Mohsen Ahmad
Mohsen Ahmad
CEO, Logistics District
Dubai South

Mohsen Ahmad oversees Dubai South's entire Logistics District as its CEO. Having set up its free zone and established the Dubai Logistics Corridor, which connects Jebel Ali Port with Al Maktoum International Airport via a single, custom-bonded zone, Ahmad leads the overall execution of the district's operations, manages its financial planning, and is responsible for setting the district's strategic directions and goals. He was also instrumental in laying the groundwork for future developments to ensure the district's sustainable growth.

Nabil Al Kindi
Nabil Al Kindi
CEO
Dubai South Properties

Nabil Al Kindi's career spans over 17 years in senior management positions with leading developers in the UAE. In his current role, he holds the position of CEO at Dubai South Properties leading the development, delivery, commercial, sales, marketing, leasing, and legal operations. He is instrumental for the full master plan and infrastructure of Dubai South, including residential, logistics, and aviation facilities, the staff village, and business park within Dubai South.

Tahnoon Saif
Tahnoon Saif
CEO
Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH)

Tahnoon Saif is CEO of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub at Dubai South. In this role he oversees the development and execution of the Aviation District, including development of the business strategy and master plan for this multi-phased aerospace infrastructure development.

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Managing Director UAE
The Business Year

Neslihan Aydagul is the Managing Director for The Business Year in the UAE. Ms. Aydagul's experience in the research field pans to the early 2000s where she lead research projects in Qatar and Bahrain as well as opening her employer's offices in South East Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. After successful launches, she switched her focus to the GCC, and has been based in the Gulf for the past 10 years, Saudi Arabia and the UAE particularly Abu Dhabi, during which time directed the production of 12 annual investment manuals and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Gulf.

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