Dubai, 7th November, WAM – “Air France – KLM” 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 Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority “DAFZA” and Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Al Zarouni, General Manager of DAFZA, Henry de Berolling, Executive Vice President Commercial Sales, and Wilmer Bloom, Executive Vice President, Middle East, GCC and India in the Group.
The opening was in accordance with the necessary health procedures and requirements.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said that the opening 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 added that the opening of “Air France – KLM” in the Dubai Airport Free Zone is a qualitative addition to the elite of international brands of the major companies that are based in DAFZA .. This comes in the midst of the efforts and incentive packages that the emirate has provided in confronting the Corona pandemic with high flexibility to ensure Business continuity and growth to accelerate its recovery process for the next stage, especially the aviation sector, which was affected by the global restrictions and measures that were applied at the beginning of the pandemic, and with this opening, motivated the process of developing business and attracting new global partners who put their confidence in the Emirate of Dubai with the support of the forward-looking vision of our rational leadership that drew the features of the future to harvest Fruition today.
For his part, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Al Zarouni welcomed the opening of “Air France – KLM” its regional headquarters, in a step that enhances its levels of communication and connection in the Middle East and North Africa.
He said that the group’s selection of DAFZA is an important step that will yield positive 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 the future expansion of all companies and businesses towards building a base New launch meets its ambitions.
On his part, Yashwant Bawar, General Manager of the Air France-KLM Group in the Gulf Cooperation Council, Iran and Pakistan, said: To covering the various activities and businesses of the various countries of the region, “… praising the continuous support provided to us by the various government agencies in the UAE and Dubai, which has become a global model for facing the current crisis.
“Our new headquarters not only provides high comfort and flexibility for employees, but also supports our broader goals in terms of sustainability thanks to the certificate and the Gold classification according to the LEED system, which helps reduce the impact on the environment,” he added. The group’s team has 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, it includes the entire regional team, including administration, human resources, finance and commercial affairs officials, as well as the UAE management team and the regional sales support team as well as the management and business teams of Air France Industries “who relocate from Al-Shuala complex in the Deira region.”
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 to support the various social responsibility activities adopted by the group as well as to reduce the carbon footprint. The new headquarters is also part of the group’s commitment to achieving its goals aimed at 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, and in the context of addressing the repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic, the group organized evacuation flights for the affected citizens safely.
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