Saturday, December 11, 2010
TOP RICHEMONT OFFICIALS CALL ON HH SHEIKH AHMED BIN SAEED AL MAKTOUM
officials of the Swiss luxury goods group Richemont, who have their regional office at the Freezone.
The four officials included Richard Lepeu, Richemont Deputy CEO, Hans-Peter Bichelmeter, Richemont Group
Operations Director, Matthias A. Schuler, CEO Richemont Group Europe and Dr. Christoph F. Thomet, Chief
Operating Officer Richemont Dubai, were accompanied by Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General of the Dubai
Airport Freezone during the courtesy meeting.
Welcoming the delegates, Sheikh Ahmed said, “Being one of the most important partners of Dubai Airport Freezone, I
would like to assure Richemont of our full support to ensure that you continue to do business in a conducive and pro-
HH Sheikh Ahmed said that the presence of prestigious international brands of the Richemont group in the Freezone
sends a positive signal to the business community, particularly on the advantages of opening up a regional office in
“Our future plans include the construction of new buildings, enhancement of facilities and improvement of our services
to cater to the demands of companies at the Freezone for their current operation needs and for possible future
expansion within the Freezone,” he added.
Dr. Thomet, said: “We find the facilities, services and support provided to the tenants at the Dubai Airport Freezone of
a very high standard.
“We have a long standing relationship and close collaboration with the Freezone spanning a decade, having been a
tenant from the very inception”.
He added: “Dubai Airport Freezone offers several benefits to multinational corporations such as Richemont including
tax free incentives and one-stop-shop accessibility to logistical and administrative support that is essential to carrying
out our business in a smooth and systematic way,” he added.
Dr. Thomet further stressed on the long-term potential of doing business in and through Dubai, and underlined the
fact that Richemont uses Dubai as its regional business hub to do business throughout the neighboring GCC region,
Levant, Indian subcontinent and Turkey.
During the visit, the officials apprised Sheikh Ahmed on developments at the company and its plans for the region.
Sheikh Ahmed also briefed the Swiss officials on the resurgent Dubai economy and numerous opportunities offered by
the Gulf and Middle East countries.
Richemont owns several of the world's leading companies in the field of luxury goods, with particular strengths in
jewellery, luxury watches and writing instruments.
The Group's luxury interests encompass several of the most prestigious names in the luxury industry including A.
Lange & Sohne, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Chloe, Dunhill, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Piaget, Roger
Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Dubai Airport Freezone has introduced key services this year by way of offering a variety of facilities to investors. In
this regard, among its key achievements were the inauguration of Noor Islamic Bank and launching of Medical Fitness
Centre in collaboration with Dubai Health Authority, which has significantly contributed to improving and expediting the
medical fitness procedures.
Dubai Airport Freezone has also acquired an ISO certification for its high quality customer service centre with a strong
reputation for promptly responding to the complaints of customers. An awards ceremony was also held for investors
who demonstrated responsibility and took initiatives in environmental and safety issues.
The Freezone’s new office complex project is well underway. The complex will feature new facilities including a
business centre and a food outlet, which will offer a more convenient service to its tenants.