DCCI opens fourth branch in Dafz

DUBAI The continuing US-led war against Iraq has not affected the Emirates airline's operations, although there is still uncertainty about the future of the airline industry in the region, according to a top official from the Department of Civil Aviation.

By Jamila Qadir

Published: Tue 1 Apr 2003, 5:34 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 7:34 PM

Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation said yesterday: 'Nobody knows how long it (the war) will last, but we hope it will be short.'

He said although some airlines were reducing their traffic, in Emirates business is usual, adding that there is no strategy change within the airline, except the increase in ticket pricing, which includes insurance and fuel surcharges.

Speaking after the opening the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) branch at the Dubai Airport Free Zone (Dafz) yesterday, Shaikh Ahmed said that the new facility would ease the procedures related both to the chamber and Dafz and increase business volume in the free zone.

Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, president of DCCI, said: 'The opening of this branch comes in accordance with our strategic objective of supporting the Dubai business society to establish a strong and competitive national economy.'

Abdul Rahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee, director-general of DCCI, said that the new branch was fully equipped with the technology and manpower to serve customers and meet their needs, including new members registration, issuance of certificates of origin, documents legalisations and signature verification, as well as handling members' affairs and inquiries.

The Dafz branch is the fourth opened by DCCI so far, following those at the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Al Hamriyah Land Transport section and Dubai Cargo Village, all complementing the operations of the main DCCI office in Deira.

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