Air France – KLM Group inaugurated its new regional headquarters in the Dubai Airport Free Zone, under the patronage and in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA), Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and Dr. Mohammed Al Zarouni DAFZA General Manager, Henry de Berolling is Executive Vice President Commercial Sales and Wilmer Bloom is Group Executive Vice President, Middle East, GCC and India. The opening was carried out in accordance with the necessary health procedures and requirements.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed stressed that the inauguration of the new headquarters of the group at the heart of the pioneering aviation sector system in the world is an affirmation of the strategic position of the Emirate of Dubai, and its high ability to continue the process of growth and overcome challenges by attracting key players in the global sector. .
His Highness said: “The opening of Air France – KLM in the Dubai Airport Free Zone is a qualitative addition to the elite of global brands of major companies based in DAFZA. This comes in the midst of the efforts and incentive packages provided by the emirate to confront the Corona pandemic with high flexibility to ensure business continuity and growth, in order to accelerate its recovery process for the next stage, especially the aviation sector, which was affected by the restrictions and global measures that were applied at the beginning of the pandemic. With this opening, DAFZA continued the process of developing business and attracting new global partners who would put their confidence in the Emirate of Dubai with the support of the forward-looking vision of our wise leadership that drew the features of the future to reap its fruits today.
For his part, Dr. Mohammed Al Zarouni said: “The group’s selection of DAFZA is an important step that will yield positive joint results on both sides, which will contribute to the growth of its business and the strengthening of its operations in the region and abroad, while the Dubai Airport Free Zone continues to work on providing innovative services to develop a base of operations that serve future expansion For all companies and businesses towards building a new starting base that meets their ambitions.
Yashwant Pawar, General Manager of Air France – KLM Group in the GCC, Iran and Pakistan region commented: “We are honored to attend the opening ceremony of our new headquarters in the heart of the aviation sector in the Dubai Airport Free Zone, through which we aim to Covering various activities and businesses for various countries in the region. We commend the continuous support provided to us by the various government agencies in the UAE and Dubai, which has become a global model to be emulated to face the current crisis.
“Our new headquarters not only provides high employee comfort and flexibility, but also supports our broader goals of sustainability thanks to the LEED Gold Certificate and Rating, which helps mitigate the impact on the environment,” he added. Through the new headquarters, we seek to support society, the sector and the state, and we have recently completed flights to Dubai at a rate of six times per week through Air France, and daily through KLM, while taking all sterilization measures to ensure the safety of travelers. With the organization and launch of major events and events in the country in 2021, there will be more reasons to visit Dubai and the UAE.
The group’s team had moved to the new headquarters in the Dubai Airport Free Zone, which was designed to support the Group’s sustainability goals on the first of November, and includes the entire regional team, including administration, human resources, financial and commercial officials, as well as the management team in the UAE. The regional sales support team, as well as the two Air France-KLM management and business teams are moving out of the Shuala complex in Deira.
The new “flexible workplace” provides a comfortable business environment that includes fewer offices and fixed work stations, allowing easy movement of employees, especially at a time when the company is witnessing the gradual return of its employees to work from offices while ensuring compliance with safety standards.
The “Air France – KLM” group seeks, through the new office, to support the sustainability program that is at the top of its global agenda, and which supports the various social responsibility activities adopted by the group, as well as reducing its carbon footprint. The new headquarters is also part of the group’s commitment to achieving its goals for the sustainability of the sector, reflecting its values in protecting the environment.
The group had previously announced the resumption of flights by Air France and Royal Dutch Airlines to Dubai, Kuwait and the Sultanate of Oman, with additional health measures imposed to ensure the safety of travelers. In the context of addressing the repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic, the group organized evacuation trips for safely affected citizens.
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