Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, announced that DB Schenker, the transportation and logistics arm of the German railway company Deutsche Bahn AG, has commenced construction work on its upcoming facility in DWC’s Logistics District. The 8,000 sqm facility will primarily be used for general cargo warehousing, distribution and value-added services, in addition to featuring office space.
The facility, which will be completed in May 2014, will be used to bundle, temporarily store and process onward carriage cargo shipments for industrial and trade customers. Its state-of-the art warehouse will be 25 per cent temperature-controlled and the rest of the environment will be ambient in nature. The facility has a total storage capacity of 8,500 pallet position with the temperature-controlled section having an initial capacity of 2,200 pallet position.
Mr. Peter Glatz CEO DB Schenker,Middle East & Africa said: “As a global network geared toward customer service, quality and sustainability, we ensure that we have a solid presence in prime economic regions. The new facility is a milestone and the first step in our expansion plan in logistics and supply chain in the Middle East, especially in Dubai. DWC provides us the best possible location/multimodal transportation platform combining sea, road and airport, and the future Etihad Rail, that will give us a key advantage in serving our customer.”
Mohsen Ahmad, VP Logistics District, Dubai World Central, said: “Increasingly global logistics companies are leveraging DWC’s world-class infrastructure to realize greater operational flexibility and mobility. Besides, DWC is also proving to be the ideal launch pad for logistics companies to synergize and establish strategic alliances in newer international markets as well owing to its strategic location. The presence of DB Schenker, a company boasting revenues of EUR 15.39 billion, at Logistics Districts is a loud statement about the quality of DWC’s offering, which remains unmatched in the region.”
The facility development project is being handled by Dubai-based GIOLOG DWC-LLC. While City Diamond Contracting LLC is the official contractor, the design work has been entrusted to Planquadrat Engineering Consultancy.
Dubai World Central is a strategic initiative of the Dubai Government to position the emirate as a leading trade hub. DWC comprises the Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA), Logistics District, Aviation District, Business Park, Commercial District, Residential District, Golf District, Exhibition District and Humanitarian District. AMIA, designed to be the world’s largest airport with an annual capacity of 12 million tonnes of cargo and 160 million passengers upon completion, sits at the heart of DWC and is fully integrated with the rest districts. The airport is seamlessly connected to Jebel Ali Port through the purpose-built Dubai Logistics Corridor, forming a single custom-bonded zone that reduces time on the ground and accelerating the flow of sea-to-air/air-to-sea cargo. With direct access to major port facilities and the trans-emirate road networks, DWC is a true multimodal logistics platform and business hub that provides unprecedented levels of connectivity, speed and efficiency.