RAK Free Trade Zone Awarded ‘Best Website’ at the World Free Zone Convention

December 11, 2009

RAS AL KHAIMAH, UAE, December 11 /PRNewswire/ — Ras Al Khaimah Free
Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) marked its presence in a big way at the 9th World Free
Zone Convention (WFZC) which was organised in Hyderabad from 9th to 10th
December 2009
. WFZC is an annual event and is “The No. 1 Meeting Place for
the World’s Free Zones”.

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Oussama El Omari, CEO of RAK FTZ had been invited by the organisers as a
guest speaker on the topic ‘Branding Zones and Communications Strategies as
Investment Enablers’ to highlight the success model of the Ras Al Khaimah
Free Trade Zone. Some 150 delegates who attended the convention were highly
impressed with the growth of the Free Zone despite the financial crisis that
hit many countries since last year and more specifically the innovative
strategies that are being put in place to attract FDI in the emirate of Ras
Al Khaimah

The Convention which was chaired by Graham Mather, Chairman of World Free
Zone Convention & President, European Policy Forum, London & Brussels, saw
the participation of renowned speakers from Investment Promotion Agencies,
Corporate and Location Specialists as well as Government Ministries,
Investors, Banks and other Financial Advisers, and delegates from around 20

During the gala dinner at the Novotel Airport Hotel in Hyderabad, India
on 9th December, Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone’s informative, user-friendly
and easy-to-navigate website, http://www.rakftz.com, was awarded as ‘Best
Website of a Free Zone or Export Processing Zone’ from The World Free Zone
Convention (WFZC), amongst stiff global competition. The distinction was
awarded by Graham on behalf of the convention’s sponsor IPA World Global
Trade and Investment News.

WFZC has long acknowledged the positive values of the internet as an
effective means of communication, especially in this divergent and regional
world market. Since 2002, it has been recognising global companies in two
categories: Category One – Best Website of a Free Zone or Export Processing
Zone and Category Two – Best Website of a National, Regional or Local
Government entity, Association or any other organisation represented at the

The websites are judged on visual impact, depth and clarity of
information, user friendliness, and site guidance. In 2008, RAK FTZ already
garnered the runner up award in the same category.

“We are simply delighted with this recognition,” shared Oussama El Omari,
CEO of RAK FTZ, who attended the event as a guest speaker for the
convention’s forums and seminars. He added, “We are always launching new
value-added services for our clients, and one of the first ones, to which we
dedicated a lot of time and effort, was our website. Our website is a
reflection of our business and is often the first that impression someone
will get as to who we are and what we do, so it must accurately portray our
values and philosophies, as well as the quality of service that is available
at RAK FTZ. How else can you attract new clients, if their first interaction
with you – which is usually a through a visit to your website – is already a
disappointing failure?”

Re-launched in 2008, the RAK FTZ website, which is rigorously upgraded
and updated by a dedicated team, offers a power-packed and interactive
experience for current and prospective clients. With the aim to make
transactions as convenient and straightforward as possible, RAK FTZ’s
Creative Section has worked on translating the website into the different
languages that majority groups of the free zone’s clients speak, including
English, German, Turkish, Russian and Arabic.

One of the main features of the website is the Business Forum, where
visitors can ask questions and receive all the information they need to set
up a business in the UAE, from the local culture, economy and market
atmosphere to taxes, government regulations and more.

The talk delivered by El Omari during the convention, perfectly
complemented ‘The Best Website’ award, which focused on the importance of
creating a difference in brand equity and place branding in the minds of
investors. Using the UAE as an example, he highlighted the significance and
importance of branding, in view of the crisis that is happening in Dubai and
the expected recovery of the UAE, and the need for Ras Al Khaimah to create a
mark that will give it a credible and profitable position in the investor’s

At the WFZC, El Omari also had high level discussions with top officials
of the Special Economic Zones including the State of Tamil Nadu in India to
work out collaboration between their SEZ and RAK FTZ that will be beneficial
to both parties. RAK FTZ will be looking into the possibility of partnering
with the major SEZs in India and to see how the companies operating in their
SEZs can use RAK FTZ as a central hub for the Middle East and North Africa
markets. As the market in the MENA region increase, having a facility in RAK
FTZ, which offers strong tax incentives to business, is an important
component of any manufacturer’s global strategy.

Since its creation in 2000, RAK FTZ is today accommodating more than 1600
companies from India and this figure will increase significantly in 2010.
WFZC was definitely a good platform for the branding of RAK FTZ and many
delegates both Indian and foreign, have shown keen interest to know more
about the opportunities that exist for them and to learn from the experience

Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) is a world-class business hub
and a vehicle for industrial growth and development. The Free Trade Zone,
with its cutting-edge technology and keen customer focus, offers on-demand
and custom-built support services to investors in a cost-effective and
flexible environment. The Free Trade Zone also offers a range of unique
services, which include legal, human resources and marketing assistance.

RAK FTZ has created a system of four Parks – Business Park, Industrial
Park, Technology Park and Al Ghayl Industrial Park – which offer identical
advantages and benefits to investors. Backed by legislations allowing 100 per
cent foreign ownership, a tax-free environment, transparent laws and 100 per
cent capital and profit repatriation, the free trade zone is well positioned
for global commerce.

Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone is one of the fastest growing free trade
zones, with companies from 106 countries around the globe. For more
information, visit http://www.rakftz.com.


    Cleo Eleazar
    Public Relations and Media Officer
    Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority (RAK FTZA)
    Email: c.eleazar@rakftz.com
    Phone: +971-7-2077173

SOURCE Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone

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