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The Petrochemical industry at Jafza


Enjoying 3.89 million sqm of combined facilities, 8,000sqm of warehouse space, and 15,200sqm of occupied office space, Jafza’s petrochemical industry has established itself as one of the free zone’s most thriving, fast-growing industries.

The petrochemical sector in Jafza is powered by 532+ companies from 70+ countries with a 5,600+ workforce, all of which contribute to Dubai’s position as the second-most important emirate in terms of petrochemical production.

One major factor that significantly contributes to the industry’s increasing growth is the prime, strategic location of Jafza at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe. The free zone attracts oil and gas companies from everywhere in the world, allowing it to contribute approximately 70% to the UAE’s foreign trade through petrochemicals.

The Port of Jebel Ali is an equally contributing factor to the success of the petrochemical industry on the national and international levels, thanks to servicing 5,200+ of the port’s and industry’s customers. The port’s most imported and exported petrochemical products are bitumen, plastic, and tanning/dyeing extracts in addition to organic and inorganic chemicals.

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A prime location that lives up to its booming economy

The UAE enjoys a prime location that places it in the heart of the trade network between Europe and Asia and plays a vital role in the growth of its petrochemical industry.

All seven emirates contribute to the industry with varying degrees, which places the UAE on top in comparison to its regional counterparts. Thanks to factors such as the high availability of its feedstock supply at affordable prices and its proximity to the huge Asian market, the UAE enjoys a safe, welcoming petrochemical environment that attracts global investors.

As forecasted by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the global chemical output volume is expected to grow by 3.9% in 2021, following a 2.6% decline in 2020.

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The petrochemical industry makes up 22% of the United Arab Emirates’ manufacturing sector, with local production meeting 60% of domestic plastic demand.

USD 452.9 B

The petrochemical market size was valued at USD 452.9 billion in 2020 and is predicted to surpass USD 729 billion by the end of 2030, which translates to an impressive CAGR of 5.1%.

9.3 million mt

The Port of Jebel Ali’s trade volumes for the petrochemicals industry contribute 60% of all trade volume in Dubai. Out of the 15.3 million mt traded, 9.3 million mt was processed through the port.


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