An automated e-Gate pass service has been launched to help people enter Jebel Ali Free Zone, it was announced today.
Dubai Trade and Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) Security have launched the ‘Tasreeh’, a 24-hour online service allowing the site’s 7,100 companies companies and port visitors to issue passes and to pay for and receive approvals ahead of visiting the site.
The passes will cost between Dhs 4 and Dhs 250, though Dubai Trade was unable to provide further details of how long each pass would last.
The service is designed to reduce queues at the security entrance and enable growth of Jebel Ali Port and Jebel Ali Free Zone ahead of the Expo 2020.
Multinational companies such as Procter & Gamble and local headquarters including that of building firm Danube currently have bases at the free zone.
The free zone is also home to Lipton’s second biggest tea factory in the world, producing an estimated 6 billion tea bags per year.
Dubai Trade chief executive Mahmood Al Bastaki said: “Over the last 12 years we have converted users to our online services and reached a 100 per cent adoption rate for most of them. We have focused our efforts on creating convenient, 24-hour customer support services and our partnership with PCFC will enable us to extend this to visitors as well.”
PCFC Security CEO Mahmood Amin added: “We are committed to applying the latest technology and smart applications as well as stimulating creativity and innovation to boost our development and to support the UAE’s transition towards a knowledge economy in line with the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021.
“Our partnership with Dubai Trade for this project is a natural fit given their experience in providing digital procedures for their services. They recognise that “Tasreeh” adds to their offering and we are confident that it will provide visitors a smoother experience when passing through the gates into Jafza.”
JAFZ itself, which first opened in 1985, is now world’s largest free zone.