Aramex unveils facility in Jebel Ali

Aramex has opened its long-awaited warehousing facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone.

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By  Robeel Haq Published  April 4, 2006

Aramex has opened its long-awaited warehousing facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone. The logistics hub, which is built on a plot of land measuring 430,000 square feet, was unveiled during an opening ceremony attended by Salma Hareb, chief executive officer, Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA). “We are delighted with the addition of this new and advanced facility to Jebel Ali Free Zone,” commented Hareb. “The Aramex addition is in line with our vision to be a global hub for advanced logistics services and a catalyst for boosting global and regional trade.” The new facility will handle the logistics and value-added services offered to Aramex’s clientele in the UAE and further afield in the MENA and South Asia regions. The AED-26-million centre includes a warehousing facility of 161,000 square feet and a special area for temperature-controlled storage with degrees ranging from 18 to 20 degrees centigrade. The centre is equipped with inventory management systems that allow real-time visibility of inventory levels and is designed to store goods requiring special handling such as information technology products and heavy machinery. “This Jebel Ali facility is a very important milestone in our plan to build an advanced logistics infrastructure which is a continuation of our global expansion strategy,” said Fadi Ghandour, chief executive officer, Aramex. “The facility is designed to play an integral part in facilitating commerce in the region by creating solutions capable of adapting to the constant changes in the global trading system.” In addition to its new investment in Jebel Ali, Aramex has established several new logistics centres in key locations around the region, including a 17,000-square-feet centre in Cairo and a new centre in Jeddah to serve the Saudi market alongside the existing facility in Riyadh. The company is also establishing a new logistics centre in the free zone at Beirut Seaport in Lebanon and has doubled the size of its logistics facility at Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan. “With globalisation taking root in the region, and Free Trade agreements being the order of the day, we realise the significance of providing a multi-modal transportation infrastructure and the management of distribution networks that are operated by innovative technologies and run by logistics specialists. This is precisely why we are placing this unique facility at the service of this growing and demanding market,” concluded Ghandour.

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