DAFZA wins ‘IMA Middle East Finance Team of the Year 2015’ Award

30 May 2015

The Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA) has recently announced that its Finance Team was named 'IMA Middle East Finance Team of the Year 2015' by the Institute of Management Accountants, the global association of accountants and financial professionals in business. The award was given by IMA, in recognition of the outstanding contributions of DAFZA's finance team to the overall success of the Freezone, during a special ceremony held as part of IMA's 3rd Middle East Conference, which took place at the Address Hotel, Dubai Marina.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Airport Free Zone, praised the strong performance of the finance team in the process of strengthening the institutional excellence and advancing leadership of DAFZA as one of the most developed free zones in the world. He also lauded the successful achievements that the team has received, which can be attributed to their skills and abilities to embody the ambitious aspirations to be part of DAFZA's move to become the best leading free zone in the world and driving the growth of the national economy as well—falling in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

DAFZA has also been recognized as IMA's 'Gold-Certified Corporate Partner. The recognition is awarded to those organizations that have demonstrated a strong level of commitment to continually support their staff by empowering talent with the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) program.

Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General of DAFZA, said: "It is an honour to receive this prestigious award for our Finance Team, which has consistently delivered the highest level of professionalism and enabled our organization to achieve its corporate goals whilst maximizing value creation for all its stakeholders. I would like to thank and congratulate each and every member of the team on this tremendous achievement. We are also pleased to receive the Gold-Certified Corporate Partner recognition alongside the Middle East Finance Team Award, where acknowledgement of our contributions by an esteemed International Body of IMA's stature affirms our team's credibility and reinforces our commitment to continuously contribute to the advancement of the management accounting profession."

Hanady Khalife, IMA Director of Operations, Middle East and Africa, added: "We are delighted to announce DAFZA as Middle East Finance Team of the Year. The IMA Finance Team of the Year award was created to recognize the increasingly essential role played by Senior Finance Leadership and their teams and to showcase the very best in the business. IMA's mission is to promote best practices in the field of management accounting throughout industry and today we recognize DAFZA as a standard bearer for the profession. We are also pleased to recognize DAFZA as a Gold-Certified Corporate Partner and look forward to supporting them in their efforts to develop their employee's careers and qualifications in the field of finance and accounting."