Located within the Meydan’s Racecourse district, not far from the centre of Dubai, the new facility will cover 185,844 square feet (17,265 square metres), including a 78,285 sq ft (7,272 sq m) sorting and loading area.
It will feature the latest automated handling equipment and communication technology systems designed to boost the efficiency of DHL Express operations, enhance speed of service and reduce transit times for importing and exporting within the UAE, the company said.
“As the region’s economy goes from strength to strength this new facility marks not only a milestone in the growth of DHL but also of the UAE economy. Since DHL first began operations in 1976, our growth has mirrored that of the UAE,” said Ungerer.
“DHL’s latest investment will help to further consolidate the global connectivity of the UAE by connecting the Middle East to DHL’s global network for at least the next 20 years, and thereby ensuring continued growth through improved transit times and network reliability. This outstanding investment will further cement our leadership position in terms of connections, convenience and cost-effectiveness.”
DHL has been operating in the Middle East for more than 30 years, and currently has 261 service centres and service points, as well as more than 4,400 employees working in 19 countries within the region.
The Middle East saw above-average trade growth in 2012, serving as a particularly strong trading point in exports to Asia Pacific countries. DHL Express generated a EUR 961m revenue in the Middle East and Africa in 2012, a 12.3% growth on the previous year.
“Their major distribution facility will bring tangible improvements and benefits to the entire commercial infrastructure of Dubai,” he said. “This is also an important milestone for us as the first major commercial development on Meydan real estate/property, selected by DHL for its prime location, ready infrastructure and unparalleled access.”