DHL announce 100m AED investment in Dubai

By Freddie Pierce
DHL has announced plans to build its largest ground operations facility in the Middle East and North Africa, following an official ceremony opening the...

DHL has announced plans to build its largest ground operations facility in the Middle East and North Africa, following an official ceremony opening the new site facility near Dubai.

The new Express ground operations facility project will cost 100m AED (United Arab Emirates Dirham) according to a statement released by DHL, who claimed that the facility will increase the speed of service, ensuring earlier deliveries and late pick-ups.

The facility, which covers over 185,844 square feet, will sit within Meydan’s racecourse district, is just minutes from the heat of Dubai. The investment, which will be completed with a partner, MGE Middle East General Enterprise L.L.C. will include ‘state-of-the-art features and capabilities’, in addition to best in class handling processes, according to an online statement by DHL.

Due to be completed in Q3 2013, the building features energy efficient management systems, security, indoors loading and supply chain equipment. In addition, DHL plans for the the new investment to feature the latest automated handling equipment and communication technology systems, which are designed to bolster efficiency, enhance speed or service and reduce transit shipment times.

Frank-Uwe Ungerer, Country Manager for DHL Express UAE, commented: “The new DHL Express UAE facility is a logistics milestone in DHL’s Middle East and North Africa network and we are extremely proud to be partnering with Meydan to launch our largest ground operations facility in the region.”

“As the region’s economy goes from strength to strength this new facility marks not only a milestone in the growth of DHL but also of the UAE economy. Since DHL first began operations in 1976, our growth has mirrored that of the UAE. DHL’s latest investment will help to further consolidate the global connectivity of the UAE by connecting the Middle East to DHL’s global network for at least the next 20 years, and thereby ensuring continued growth through improved transit times and network reliability. This outstanding investment will further cement our leadership position in terms of connections, convenience and cost-effectiveness.”

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