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The world’s fastest-growing Free Zone

Our history and mission

From the beginnings to the world's leading Free Zone

Headquartered in Dubai, DMCC is the world’s most interconnected Free Zone, and the leading trade and enterprise hub for commodities. Whether developing vibrant neighbourhoods with world-class property like Jumeirah Lakes Towers and the much anticipated Uptown Dubai, or delivering high performance business services, DMCC provides everything its dynamic community needs to live, work and thrive. Made for Trade, DMCC is proud to sustain and grow Dubai’s position as the place to be for global trade today and long into the future.

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Our government mandate

DMCC is a government entity established in 2002 to enhance commodity trade flows through Dubai. We perform a range of roles which continue to position Dubai as the preferred destination for global commodities trade and DMCC as the world’s No.1 Free Zone.

Our mission

As a Government of Dubai Authority, we are dedicated to establishing Dubai as the global gateway to the Middle East for trade in a wide range of commodities, while enabling our members to succeed through the delivery of continuous innovation in business services and infrastructure.

Our vision for Dubai

Trading is at the heart of our vision to promote Dubai as a thriving, diverse economy. As a world centre for global commodities trade, we are playing a key role to drive continued economic development and at the same time act as a trusted partner to support our members.

What we do

A centre of enterprise in a class of its own

A unique combination of Free Zone status, state of the art commercial and residential property and top-tier commodities and financial services, puts DMCC in a class of its own. Added to this, ongoing investment in the most interconnected, innovative infrastructure and leading business services makes it easy to trade from here. Efficiently, effortlessly, anywhere in the world.

What we do: Gateway to Trade, Free Zone, Developing Dubai


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Board of Directors

Hamad Mubarak Buamim - Chair

Abdul Wahed Abdul Rahim Al Olama - Vice-Chair

Ahmed Bin Sulayem - Member

Abdullah Saif Al Shamsi - Member

Charles George Webb - Member

Roger Alfred Bernstein - Member

Thierry Jean Louis Gimonnet - Member

Management team

Ahmed Bin Sulayem

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC

Trading will always be central to Dubai’s vision of being a dynamic, diverse economy and gateway between established and emerging markets. As a leading global commodities centre, DMCC is playing a vital role to drive the continued evolution and economic growth of Dubai.

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Feryal Ahmadi

Chief Operating Officer, DMCC

Presiding over a successful transformation project in 2013 that significantly enhanced DMCC operations and its customer journey experience, Feryal leads the wider operational team tasked with growing the world’s leading free zone.

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Our journey

Follow our history from humble beginnings to a world-class trade centre


DMCC established

DMCC established
Set up to enhance commodity tradeflows through Dubai


1st company joins the Free Zone

UAE is first Arab nation to join the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme



Dubai Diamond Exchange launch



Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange launch


Almas Tower opens

Almas Tower opens
New DMCC HQ acknowledged as the tallest commercial tower in the Middle East



Tea Centre opening



Launch of first UAE gold bullion coin



Named Global #1 Free Zone by Financial Times' fDi magazine



13,000+ member companies

Ahmed Bin Sulayem appointed Kimberley Process Chairman

Second time winner Global #1 Free Zone by fDi magazine



Uptown Dubai Announced

Third time winner Global #1 Free Zone by fDi magazine



DMCC publishes first Sustainability Report

Fourth time winner Global #1 Free Zone by fDi magazine

Ground breaking of the DMCC Coffee Centre



Five-time winner Global #1 Free Zone by fDi Magazine

Opening of DMCC Coffee Centre

Renovation of Dubai Diamond Exchange, the largest diamond trading floor in the world



Six-time winner Global #1 Free Zone of the Year by fDi magazine

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, visits the DMCC Tea Centre. Coffee Centre expansion announced

DMCC opens Representative Office in Israel and China



Seven-time winner Global #1 Free Zone of the Year by fDi magazine

Opening of DMCC Crypto Centre



Opening of DMCC Gaming Centre

Eight-time winner Global #1 Free Zone of the Year by fDi magazine

DMCC opens Representative Office in India

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