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Dedicated to our members' growth and prosperity, the Wo​rld Free Zones Organization (World FZO) is the strongest, most active free-zone organization in the world.

We can help you achieve your strategic objectives, make connections that matter, and put the industry’s most powerful insights, resources and tools at your fingertips.​

Member Benefits​​

World Free Zones Organization (World FZO) members benefit from industry research, operational and administrative support services, high-level training, networking services and events.

Paid members will have access to online portals where the latest studies on free zones around the world are readily available, as well as monthly newsletters, and a regular bulletin tackling key industry opportunities and challenges.

World FZO’s events provide members with high-level business development and strategic networking opportunities with peers, consultants, service-providers, policy makers, multi-lateral organizations and key business decision makers from around the world.

Members will also benefit from a number of support services and educational tools for free zones and companies registered within them, delivered through a range of workshops and online webinars throughout the year.

Membership Levels

Membership of the World Free Zones Organization (World FZO) is open to both individuals and entities (public or private) that prove interest in the promotion and development of free zones, in any country recognized as a UN member. There are three types of membership categories:

Voting member
US $ 1500

Voting membership is open to recognized free zones and free zone associations who will have access to the full range of World FZO services.

Voting members will also be afforded full voting rights, enabling them to contribute to decisions around Board Member appointments within the World FZO’s General Assembly, which takes place on a yearly basis at the Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Associate Member
US $ 1500

Associate membership is open to individuals and entities working in the free zone environment, or in support of free zones internationally.

Associate members will have access to the full range of membership services, however, they will not have voting rights in the General Assembly.

Partner Member

Partner or observer memberships are open to government, quasi-government or non-government organizations involved in the area of international trade and customs, who will be individually invited to participate in the activities of the association by the Board of Directors.

Partner and observer members will have access to select World FZO Member Services, including research reports and analysis and World FZO networking events, however they will not have voting rights during the General Assembly. Partner and observer members will not be subject to the payment of membership fees.

Online Applications

To apply online to become a World FZO member please click here, fill out the form and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

FAQ
About the World Free Zones Organization (World FZO)
What is the World FZO and what is its role?

The World FZO is a not-for-profit body that provides one authoritative, collective voice representing the interests of free zones around the world. The organization was established in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, and is headquartered in Dubai UAE.

When was World FZO launched?

The World FZO was officially launched in Dubai, UAE, on May 19, 2014.

Why is there a need for such an organization?

The growth of the free zones in recent decades now requires a global organization to take stock of this important economic phenomenon and to lead on the progress of free zone expansion and development. The World FZO is the first organization that will bring together these diverse free zones to promote the exchange of views, best practice, experience and knowledge and ensure the sustainability and ongoing success of the free zone model.

What does the World FZO do and what are its objectives?

The World FZO seeks to:

  • Provide one, authoritative, collective voice to represent the interests of free zones around the world
  • Create best in class standards for free zones to enhance the economic ecosystem both globally and locally
  • Enhance the perception of free zones as enabling sustainable businesses and contributing to the local and global economy
  • Facilitate the continued growth and expansion of free zones internationally
  • Bring in-depth experience to positively influence members and free zones around the world
  • Provide a forum for free zones around the world to learn, grow and prosper through unrivalled access to exclusive in-depth research, insights and knowledge
  • Facilitate networking and the exchange of experience, knowledge and best practices through research, data and networking events
  • Be the official advocate of free zones before governments and international organizations
Membership
Who are the members of the World FZO?

World FZO members are representatives of local, regional and international established free zones, as well as individuals and entities working in the free zone environment, or in support of free zones internationally

Who is membership open to?
  • Membership is open to free zones in any country that are members of the United Nations
  • Membership will be extended to both individuals and entities (public or private) that prove interest in the promotion and development of free zones
  • Members can be grouped into three different categories:
    • Free zones and Free zone associations
    • Individuals and entities working in free zone environment: lawyers, consultants, government agencies, chambers of commerce, private corporations, academics, etc
    • International multilateral organizations such as UN Agencies, the World Customs Organization, and World Trade Organization
Why is World FZO a not-for-profit organization?

As a not-for-profit organization, all income generated will be used to cover its costs and in the development of services provided to members.

What types of memberships are available?

Several levels of membership are available including:

  • Voting members: open to governmentally-recognized free zones and free zone associations who have full voting rights within the General Assembly, enabling them to contribute to decisions around Board member appointments. Voting members will also gain access to the World FZO’s full range of membership services, including industry research, operational and administrative support services, high-level training, networking services and events
  • Associate members: open to individual or corporate users of free zones and consultants and advisors working with and within free zones. Paid membership will give access to a full range of membership services
  • Partners and observers: open to non-government organizations involved in the area of international trade, as well as government and quasi government authorities in trade or customs. Partners and Observers will be individually invited to participate in the activities of the association by the Board of Directors and will not be subject to the payment of membership fees. Partners and Observers will only have limited access to Member Services and will have no voting rights
How can one apply to be a member?

Potential members can apply through the World FZO website by clicking here:

How many members does the World FZO currently have?

As of March 2015, the World FZO had 155 members.

Organizational Structure and Members
What is the organizational structure of World FZO?

As a legal entity, World FZO has an independent structure with a full management team, Board of Directors, Chairman and General Assembly. The World FZO CEO reports to the Board of Directors which in turn reports to the Chairman. The body with the highest authority within the association is the General Assembly of voting members, which has the power to appoint and approve board members.

How have these board members been elected?

The 14 World FZO founding members met in Dubai 2014 and elected the Board of Directors for the initial term.

Who are the office holders on the Board of Directors of World FZO?
  • Dr. Mohammed Alzarooni, Chairman
  • Martin Ibarra, Legal expert and Vice Chairman
  • Mr. P.C. Nambiar, Secretary
  • Ms. Rose Hynes, Treasurer
Location
Why is World FZO headquartered in Dubai?

The UAE boasts a number of highly successful free zones contributing to the economic prosperity of the GCC; this is one of the reasons why the World FZO has selected Dubai as its headquarters. Dubai has been a shining example of the dynamic role free zones play in economic development. Its diversity and vibrancy as a business hub has put Dubai on the world map and makes it an excellent location for the World FZO head office.

Where in Dubai is World FZO located?

The World FZO headquartered office is located in Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA).

Why is it located in DAFZA?

The Dubai Airport Free Zone is strategically located in the city of Dubai within close proximity to Dubai International Airport. DAFZA offers the benefits of a free zone while simultaneously catering to an office environment.

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