Chairman World Free Zones Organization


Dr. Mohammed Alzarooni is the Director General of the Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA), a role he has held since 1996. He is responsible for managing all strategic initiatives implemented by DAFZA management and in helping to expand the organization’s presence in faster-growing functional and geographical areas.

An influential economic figure and a free zone expert in Dubai, Dr. Alzarooni holds a variety of management roles including, Chairman of Dubai Free Zones Council, Vice-President and CEO of Dubai Silicon Oasis, a member of the Executive Committee of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, and a member of the Dubai Economic Committee of Dubai Executive Council.

Prior to joining DAFZA, Alzarooni worked at the Department of Civil Aviation as the Director of Administration & Research, where he was a key figure in establishing the free zone division. Prior to this he served at the Ministry of Education for eight years.

Born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Alzarooni received a PhD in Economic Geography from Durham University, UK, where he wrote a thesis on ‘The Place of Free Trade Zones in Economic Development’. He also holds a BA degree from Emirates University and an MBC in economic geography.