Dubai 2040 master plan: setting a greater vision of the future


Over the last 60 years, the growth of the Emirate of Dubai has been outlined by a series of ambitious plans called the Dubai Urban Master Plan, which has shaped the dynamic cityscape.

On March 13, 2021, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched one of the most ambitious Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, which aims to transform Dubai into the world’s best city to live and work in.

The plan is highlighted by the allocation of 168 square kilometers for industrial and economic activities to support Dubai’s position as a global hub for commerce and logistics and the doubling of areas for the tourism sector by 134%.

Development and investment will be focused on 5 main urban centers – three existing ones and two new ones – which will support the growth of economic sectors and provide a wide range of lifestyle facilities.


Deira /Burdubai– historic areas that highlight tradition and heritage
Downtown / Business Bay– business and financial hub
Dubai Marina / Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) – tourism, entertainment and hospitality
Expo 2020 – global exhibitions, events and integrated logistics services
Dubai Silicon Oasis – center for knowledge and innovation

Strategically located in the heart of the Dubai Silicon Oasis, IFZA is perfectly positioned to contribute to the goals of the Dubai 2040 Master Plan.

As an International Free Zone, IFZA has been a key force in attracting a substantial number of businesses to establish themselves in Dubai through its customer-focused approached, enabled by our global network of Professional Partners.

At the same time, IFZA also sets itself apart as a hub of knowledge through the IFZA Academy, the first and currently the only dedicated learning institution for the Free Zone sector.

Committed to the training of free zone industry specialists, the IFZA Academy provides consultancy, human capital development and a diverse range of specialized training and assessment solutions.


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