DHL Global Forwarding sets up distribution centre at Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi

DHL Global Forwarding will use the facility at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) to provide warehousing and distribution services to its customers across UAE

DHL Global Forwarding sets up distribution centre at Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi
  • Plans underway to expand warehousing facility by April 2019

Abu Dhabi: DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international air, sea and road freight services provider has signed a deal with KIZAD – Abu Dhabi’s industrial hub and a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, to establish a distribution centre to serve the needs of its customers.

Under the agreement, DHL Global Forwarding will set up warehouses in KIZAD to provide end-to-end logistics and supply chain services to its customers, who seek to leverage the optimal geographical location of KIZAD to propel their growth trajectory. The warehouses will be used for storage and consolidation of all shipments, equipped with high-volume racking, as well as fully-managed kitting, packing and dispatching process to support customers’ growing capacity requirements.

KIZAD’s strategic location, which offers easy access to all the major transportation hubs in the UAE, will enable DHL Global Forwarding to minimise customers’ shipment times along their global supply chains. With the new Abu Dhabi warehousing facility, DHL Global Forwarding is strengthening its network of global hubs for overseas distribution. With a view to further benefit from KIZAD’s unique proposition and recognising KIZAD as its preferred location for warehousing and distribution in Abu Dhabi, DHL Global Forwarding is working closely with the authorities to expand the size of its KIZAD distribution centre by April 2019.

Samir Chaturvedi, CEO of KIZAD, said, “We are pleased to welcome DHL Global Forwarding to KIZAD, which is rapidly becoming the location of choice in the UAE for local and international logistics companies. We look forward to supporting DHL Global Forwarding in continuing to provide world-class logistics capabilities and are proud to help strengthen its global freight network and warehousing infrastructure. By hosting DHL Global Forwarding, KIZAD will be advancing key sectors such as the aerospace industry, which is an important component of Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification strategy.”

Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, Middle East and Africa said, “We are looking forward to connecting KIZAD to our extensive global network, to further propel the growth potential of Abu Dhabi as a gateway to the rest of the world. Beyond the immediate needs of our customers who currently operate out of KIZAD, we are also looking to invest more resources on expanding our presence here, so we can serve more customers. The emphasis on infrastructural investment by the government is also set to rejuvenate the logistics sector, and we are committed to enabling more trade flows to and from this part of the world.”

Logistics has been a key part of KIZAD’s growth since it was founded in 2010. The zone recently launched KIZAD Logistics City, which offers pre-built warehouses and Light Industrial Units (LIUs). KIZAD’s new free zone warehouses cater to trading and export companies, Third Party Logistics, freight forwarders and distributors while the pre-built and flexible LIUs will serve various light manufacturing businesses and workshops. The industrial, logistics and manufacturing hub is also connected with Khalifa Port, one of the fastest growing ports in the world, close to major UAE airports, and seamlessly interlinked by uncongested highways to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and into Saudi Arabia.


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DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 61 billion euros in 2018.

About Abu Dhabi Ports

Established in 2006, Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in addition to the Port of Fujairah, as well as the trade and logistics hub, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), in which Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone attracts direct investments to over 100 km2 of free zone opportunities, the largest in the Middle East region.

Inaugurated on Dec 12, 2012 by President of the UAE, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Khalifa Port is the flagship port of Abu Dhabi Ports and is considered to be the first semi-automated container port in the region. Abu Dhabi Ports also owns 50% of Abu Dhabi Terminals, which operates and manages Khalifa Port Container Terminal with a full suite of logistics solutions to benefit trade partners and shipping lines. Abu Dhabi Ports has signed concession agreements at Khalifa Port with two of the world's largest shipping lines - COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. Abu Dhabi Ports plans to expand the current capacity at Khalifa Port from 5 million TEU (total capacity of Khalifa Port terminal 1 and CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal) to 9.1 million TEU over the next five years.

Abu Dhabi Ports’ subsidiaries include Abu Dhabi Marine Services “SAFEEN”, providing a comprehensive range of marine, navigational and ancillary quayside services as well as VTS Services and fleet maintenance in a safe, secure and efficient manner; Maqta Gateway, developer and operator of the first port community in the emirate; and Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, the first permanent cruise terminal in the region. To meet the increasing demand of cruise liners and passengers, Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach was developed, offerings cruise ship passengers a new beach destination with unmatched tourism experiences. Additionally, Abu Dhabi Ports also manages the Maritime Training Centre at Musaffah Port.

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