About Us


Department of Planning and Development - Trakhees is the regulatory arm of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) in Dubai and the authority responsible for licensing and regulating businesses in special development zones and areas.

The department consists of six main sections:

  1. Civil En​​gineeri​ng

  2. Licensing

  3. Inspection

  4. Innovation and Excellence

  5. Business Support

  6. Research and Development

It started the implementation of its business in 2009, following the issuance of the decree (No. 22) by His Highness, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, concerning the supervision of infrastructures in special development zones in the emirate of Dubai and making sure to provide them with public services as well as, imposing, defining and collecting fees of such services. This Decree stipulated and stated that services of "Trakhees" shall include lands, complexes and areas owned by Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Dubai World or entities and subsidiaries of any of them in Dubai or those located within the scope of their jurisdiction and authority, in areas defined by Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, or areas identified under a legislation issued by His Highness, including, but not limited to, Nakheel, Limitless, Dubai Maritime City, and Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).

The Department expects its Strategic Plan to achieve the goals of Dubai Strategic Plan 2021. It is worth mentioning that the vision and mission of the department have been reformulated, from which "Trakhees" can start its business to keep pace with the escalating development in the sustainable economic development of the emirate and support the comprehensive development of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation's overall performance.​​

In addition, Department of Planning and Development gives due care for the necessity of adopting best strategic plans that cope with the latest updates in the global and regional developments, in order to set out for us ambitious goals fulfilling the directions of His Highness, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, by pleasing and satisfying the public through stimulating creativity and innovation to improve the quality of services provided to the public by developing and using the latest smart applications of information technology for enhancing Dubai's competitiveness and supporting its ability to solicit trade and investment, so as to continue our progressive journey to reach the position No. 1 globally in all fields.