DHL breaks ground on logistics hub in Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone
Logistics giant and Middle East General Enterprises to invest $99.4m for the hub expected to be operational in Q4 2021
Global logistics giant DHL Express has partnered with Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone Authority (ADAFZ) and Middle East General Enterprises (MGE) to set up a 3ha logistics hub, Express Integrator cluster, at the Abu Dhabi International Airport, with ground being broken on the facility in the UAE's capital.
ADAFZ, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Airports, MGE, and DHL have together inked an expansive 27-year Musataha Agreement to facilitate the presence of DHL Express in the free zone.
The development of the Express Integrator cluster at the East Midfield Development Zone located in the ADAFZ is in line with the goals of the Abu Dhabi strategic logistics plan that aims to provide infrastructure to enable express cargo companies to expand their operations at Abu Dhabi Airports.
DHL Express and MGE will invest up to $99.4m (AED365m) in the new facility that is expected to be operational by Q4 2021.
Speaking about the agreement, HE Sheikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “E-commerce is transforming the retail landscape throughout the region and we look forward to playing our role in supporting the growth of this new industry through our world-class infrastructure at Abu Dhabi International Airport.”
According to chief executive officer of DHL Express MENA, Nour Suliman the new facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport is the firm’s latest investment “to support global trade to and from the capital of the UAE”.