Air France KLM Group recently launched its brand-new regional headquarters at Dubai Airport Freezone and marked the occasion with a special ceremony.
Among the attendees of the event were chairman, Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) and president, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum; director general, DAFZA, HE Dr. Mohammad Al Zarooni; executive vice president commercial sales, Air France-KLM, Henri de Peyrelongue; and senior vice president, Middle East, Gulf and India, Air France KLM, Welmer Blom.
The Air France KLM team relocated to the new offices in Dubai Airport Freezone on November 1, 2020. The entire regional team is now based at the new offices, including General Management, HR, Finance, Commercial, UAE Country Management and Regional Sales Support. In addition, Air France Industries management team have also relocated with the team.
Commenting on the occasion was HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum: “The opening of Air France – KLM at Dubai Airport freezone is a great addition to the elite global brands and major companies based in DAFZA. This announcement comes as part of the efforts and incentive packages provided by the emirate to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic through a highly flexible approach. This strategy has helped ensure business continuity and growth, and accelerate recovery to the next stage, especially within the aviation sector, which has been affected by the global restrictions and measures that were applied at the beginning of the pandemic.”
He further noted: “With this opening, DAFZA has continued its process of developing business opportunities and attracting new global partners who put their confidence in the emirate of Dubai. Backed by the support of the forward-looking vision of our wise leadership that has enabled us to plan for the future and reap important benefits today.”
Meanwhile, general manager, Air France KLM – Gulf, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan, Yeshwant Pawar remarked: “We are deeply grateful for the continued support of the authorities in Dubai and the UAE, which has become a global model in terms of the response to the current crisis. Our new offices provide not only flexibility and comfort for staff but also support our broader sustainability aims thanks to the building’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification with Gold Rating, helping reduce impact on the environment.”
Pawar added: “Our aim is to continue to support the community, industry and the country. We have already resumed services with six weekly Air France and daily KLM flights to Dubai, with additional sanitary measures to ensure passenger safety. With so many major events and occasions now moving into 2021, there will be even more reasons to visit Dubai and the UAE.”
The new ‘flex work office’ offers a flexible and relaxed workplace with fewer fixed stations and offices, granting employees a more relaxed environment as they move back safely to the office from a remote working format.