Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni

Director General, Dubai Airport Freezone, UAE


Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni was appointed Director General of the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA) in 2000. He was also named the Vice Chairman and CEO of the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) in 2002 and still leads both entities.

In 2015, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, issued Decree No. 23 and 30 regarding the formation of the Dubai Free Zones (DFZ) Council and appointed Dr. Al Zarooni as Secretary General of the Dubai Free Zone Council.

In 2014, Dr. Al Zarooni was elected the chairman of the World Free Zones Organization, an entity established in Geneva, Switzerland in 2013 and headquartered in Dubai. The WFO operates as an association for all free zones around the world, transforming for the better the way many economies across the globe operate.

In 1995, Dr. Al Zarooni served the Department of Civil Aviation as Director of Administration and Research where he was a key figure in establishing the Free Zone Division. Prior to joining the Department of Civil Aviation, Dr. Al Zarooni served at the Ministry of Education for eight years.

In 2006, Dr. Al Zarooni was appointed Director of the Board for Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. and additionally, was named a member of the Dubai Executive Council's Economic Development Committee.

Dr. Al Zarooni holds a doctorate in Economic Geography from Durham University – UK (1994). His doctorate thesis was titled: “The Place of Free Trade Zone in Economic Development.”

Dr. Al Zarooni also holds a B.A. in Economic Geography from Emirates University and is a lecturer at the UAE University, ensuring to pass on his extensive executive management experience in building free zones exceeding 20 years unto the next generation.


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