Al Mazrouei (second right) and Fassino (right) in Torino

Al Mazrouei (second right) and Fassino (right) in Torino

Sharjah hubs at Torino, Melbourne events

01 July 2015

A HIGH-level delegation from Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA) and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone) participated in the 9th World Chambers Congress, which concluded last month at the Lingotto Congress Centre in Torino, Italy.

SAIF Zone’s booth attracted a huge number of chamber officials including Vincenzo Ilotte, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Torino, and Peter Mihok, chair of the ICC World Chamber Federation.

Piero Fassino, Mayor of Torino, also visited the stand and praised SAIF Zone’s initiatives and its exceptional growth in the past few years. He expressed his delight in having SAIF Zone attend the event.

“As the only international forum for leaders from the chambers of commerce of different countries, this event is perfect to network, discuss potential business tie-ups with businessmen and get an insight into the best-practice experiences and new areas of innovation from the distinguished leaders themselves,” said Saud Al Mazrouei, director of HFZA and SAIF Zone, on the sidelines of the 9th World Chambers Congress.

“Our free zones’ deliver beyond expectations and we were there to showcase our top-notch facilities to the diverse group of investors. We also hope to bolster Sharjah-Italian trade relations in the process,” added Al Mazrouei, who led the delegation.

Currently, HFZA has over 6,200 companies, 56 of which are Italian, and SAIF Zone has around 6,700 companies of which only 86 are Italian.

“Bilateral trade between Italy and UAE is growing steadily and we hope to see this growth translated into an increase in the number of Italian industrial companies in SAIF Zone and HFZA,” he said.


HFZA joined 250 international exhibitors at the four-day National Manufacturing Week 2015 that concluded at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre recently.

The event, seen as Australia’s largest showcase of manufacturing innovation, information and inspiration, featured a number of new products and ideas from a broad range of industry experts. There were live demonstrations of new technologies, including automated product inspection, steel finishing, metal marking, world-record-speed riveting, lifting, welding and more.

“We proudly participated in the National Manufacturing Week  exhibition where we shared our incentives, facilities and packages which will hopefully inspire traders, manufacturers and service providers to branch out to HFZA,”  said Al Mazourei.

“Our team got an opportunity to share different ideas and experiences with international investors, businessmen and manufacturers who have been looking for new opportunities in the region. The event was a good opportunity to strengthen existing relationships, whilst sourcing new investors,” he added.

HFZA showcased its services and facilities for businesses including shipping, oil and gas, petrochemical, construction and steel manufacturing as well as the logistic village and SME offices.

“We’ve done our best to make the Hamriyah Free Zone a great place for international companies to conduct business in. We offer the best infrastructure facilities and high quality services to welcome foreign investment in various sectors such as manufacturing, trade and services,” Al Mazrouei stated.

Asked about the prime sectors in the free zone, he said, “The biggest sectors in HFZA are oil and gas and maritime. Furthermore, Hamriyah Free Zone is the largest steel zone in the UAE. We are also the second largest oil storage zone in the UAE, and we are expanding and looking at new customers to set up their businesses in this sector. We are continuously looking at growing our number of clients in Hamriyah in different sectors and segmentations.

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