About Dubai Customs

Dubai Customs is one of the earliest government departments in Dubai and was originally known as "Al Furdha". With a 100-year history, Dubai Customs has passed through several stages of growth and development. It was during the period of the Last Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum - Ruler of Dubai, that Dubai Customs began to evolve into a modern organization.

On 1st April 2001, the Last Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – Ruler of Dubai, issued a law establishing the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation with the merger of Dubai Customs, Dubai Ports and Free Zone Authorities.

On 1st May 2001, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who was then Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence and President of the Port, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, issued a decree appointing Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem as the Executive Chairman of the Corporation.

Being a part of a major Corporation that contributes to Dubai's economic growth, Dubai Customs had undertaken a comprehensive review of its structure and operations to identify areas of weakness and strength. Based on the report, Dubai Customs pioneered an upgradation of its organizational strategy, objectives, processes and procedures. Dubai Customs is one of the first Government organisations to undertake the Reform and Modernization Programme, which is designed to help Dubai Customs to realize its mission of being a leading customs administration in the world.