SEARCH FOR A MERCHANT
DUBAI TEXTILE MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION
TEXMAS, the Textile Merchants Group, is the apex body of Dubai-based wholesale textile merchants. Established in the year 1990, TEXMAS offers its members a platform to interface with the Government and its various departments to address the concerns of the textile industry.
The Late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum often said that “If it’s good for business, it’s good for Dubai”. This business friendly policy has made Dubai the pre-eminent business and trading hub in the MENA region, and one of the premier business destinations in the world.
MESSAGE FROM DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (DUBAI)
"The textile trade and Dubai go back a long way, to the 1940s"
Sami Al Qamzi
Director General, Department of Economic Development (Dubai)
"The story of the textile trade in Dubai is intimately linked with the story and success of Dubai. Textile merchants from the Middle East region and the Indian sub-continent were among the first entrepreneurs to spot Dubai's potential as a trading and business hub.
Textile merchants came to Dubai in the 1940’s, they liked the pro-business policies, the security, the cosmopolitan nature of the city and the hard and soft infrastructure. They saw that the rising demand for textiles in the Middle East and Africa could be profitably served from Dubai.
MESSAGE FROM DIRECTOR GENERAL
"Textile trade and Dubai go back a long way"
Ahmed Mahboob Musabih
Director General of Dubai Customs
Textile traders came to Dubai when the bulk of the trade was conducted from the banks of the Dubai creek. Dubai in the 1950’s was a town of about 20,000 people in three districts: Bur Dubai, Deira and Shindagha. Life centred around the Creek. It was where the great pearling fleets returned from the summer diving season. It was where huge booms - traditional two-masted sailing vessels - coasted back from East Africa and India with a variety of goods, including textiles.
But by the mid-50s, the maritime trade that sustained the town stood at a precipice. A build-up of silt prevented larger ships from entering Dubai Creek, threatening the emirate’s future prosperity.
"The textile trade continues to be a major component of Dubai’s economy."
Mr Mahesh Advani
Textile traders were among the first to spot Dubai’s potential as a hub from which trade could be done with neighboring countries. Many factors contributed to Dubai’s attractiveness as a business city. Prime among these were:
- The business friendly policies of the Emirate
- The continuous investments in infrastructure improvement
- Excellent transport and communications links with the world
DUBAI TEXTILE CITY
Agreement with Ports Customs and Free Zones Authority signed in 2000
Dubai Textile City opens for business in 2006
Cost of development – AED 250 million
Area – 6 million sq. ft., built-up area – 2.2 million sq. ft.
Warehouses, showrooms and office space for TEXMAS members
Dedicated Dubai Customs and Immigration Services (EZW)