Kamco wins DLC deal

Kamco General Contracting wins turnkey contract to build warehouse facility base at Dubai Logistics City.

Kamco General Contracting Company has won a turnkey contract to build Kuehne + Nagel's warehouse facility base at Dubai Logistics City (DLC).

The contract is estimated to be worth between US $10-20 million (AED 36-73 million).

Work on the project got underway on 11 September and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2008.

Kamco General Contracting Company is believed to have fended off competition from ten, mainly local, contractors.

"It is a fast track job consisting of the construction of warehouse and office facilities along with all the ancillary buildings, external works" said Hannad Abi Haydar, operations manager, Kamco General Contracting.

Model Engineering is the consultant on the project.

Kuehne + Nagel became the first to take a plot of land at DLC last September when it signed a lease agreement for an area of 52,000 m2, paving the way for the development of the company's Dubai base into its focal distribution hub and contract logistics facility for the Middle East.

The new facility will feature 15,000 m2 of logistics and warehouse space, with the option to expand to 30,000 m2.

The company has attracted several big companies to host their warehouses within the project.

"We will build the warehouses and provide manpower, equipment and services - the only thing the client's will provide is their goods," said Philip von Bismark, national manager - contract logistics, Kuehne + Nagel.

Kamco General Contracting Company, originally a Saudi Arabia Based company, entered the UAE market last year. Among its current projects in the region at the central utility complex CUC-1 (Civil Works) at Jebel Ali Airport and the International Development Company's (IDC) warehouse facility in Abu Dhabi.

In August, DLC received the award for 'Best International Logistics Project' at the International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition in Spain.

The project is part of the Dubai World Central development.

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