Huawei opens logistics hub in UAE
Facility will serve Middle East and parts of Africa
Chinese telecoms infrastructure company Huawei has opened a logistics facility in Dubai to support its business in the Middle East and parts of Africa.
The centre will initially serve Huawei's customers in the telecoms sector. The hub will be expanded to distribute Huawei's smartphone business before the end of 2013.
The hub, which is in Jebel Ali Free Zone, will allow Huawei to store orders locally and shorten delivery times by about 30 days for ocean shipments.
The company has collaborated with logistics service provider Danzas the run the hub.
While the first phase of operations covers the GCC and Pakistan, the next phase of development - on track for completion before the end of 2013 - will extend the centre's geographic reach into Africa, including nations such as Kenya and Tanzania. Over the next three years Huawei plans to invest an additional $20m or more in the facility's expansion.
The new hub indicates the significance of the Middle East to Huawei's global operational network, which serves customers in over 140 countries worldwide.
In the Middle East the company has achieved strong growth over the past year including a significant increase in Huawei's smartphones segment, which grew 150%, year on year, in 2012.
"A strong industry chain is essential to the survival of any sector," said Shi Yaohong, president of Huawei Middle East.
"We further believe that closely co-operating with our suppliers and our customers is essential to building Huawei's competitive edge in the Middle East. This latest logistics hub demonstrates how we aim to extend our footprint as a local company in the Middle East and Africa and to build a business ecosystem in which all participants jointly create value and share the benefits."