50 companies building DLC facilities

Some 50 companies, including Kuehne +Nagel, have opted to build their own dedicated facilities at Dubai Logistics City.

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By  Robeel Haq Published  March 5, 2006

Some 50 companies, including Kuehne +Nagel, one of the world’s top 10 logistics operators, have opted to build their own dedicated facilities at Dubai Logistics City (DLC), the first phase of the 140 square kilometre Jebel Ali Airport City aviation community, and a key plank in the creation of the world’s first integrated logistics and multi-modal transport platform. “Covering more than 2 million square metres of DLC land, these companies have started to design and plan their facilities, perfectly reflecting the diversity of the logistics business,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president, Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Dubai and Chairman of the Emirates Group. “DLC tenants represent a balanced mix of regional versus global players, large versus medium-sized companies, organisations focussing on cargo handling versus a warehousing or distribution focus.” Kuehne +Nagel says it intends to use DLC as a base for further expansion in the Middle East and India. “Precisely for the contract logistics business, DLC provides us with exactly what we need,” said Dirk Reich, a member of the board of management of Kuehne + Nagel International AG (Schindellegi, Switzerland). “Here we are focusing on sectors that occupy an important position for us, such as high-tech, pharmaceutical, retail and consumer goods, automotive and aviation, industrial and chemicals together with the associated supply chain management.” Kuehne + Nagel’s DLC distribution centre, which is currently in the planning phase, will be progressively expanded to cover more than 50,000 m2 and will complement the company’s existing facilities in Jebel Ali Free Zone and the Dubai Air Cargo Village. Spread over 25 square kilometres, DLC will begin operating at the end of 2007. It will be adjacent to the new Jebel Ali International Airport and is designed to eventually handle more than 12 million tons of air cargo annually.

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