A quarter of a century after opening the first distribution centre in the Middle East, GAC Dubai has officially unveiled its new purpose-built contract logistics facility at Dubai South.
The AED 100 million (USD 27 million) facility, which broke ground in December 2016 and began operations in May 2018, is the company’s largest and most sophisticated so far. It complements established facilities in the Jebel Ali and Dubai Airport Free Zones. Total capacity is now more than 170,000 pallet positions. Services tailored to local and regional customers cover storage, transportation, value added services and documentation requirements.
Speaking at the inauguration, GAC Group President, Bengt Ekstrand noted the length of GAC’s engagement in contract logistics in Dubai: “GAC was a pioneer when we arrived in Dubai in 1967, and again when we opened the region's first distribution centre in 1993. Our latest addition in Dubai South continues that pioneering tradition with a facility will gives our customers the highest standards of service, security and cost-effectiveness in the UAE.”
“The new Dubai South contract logistics facility has been designed to meet a higher standard than what is currently available in the market, from operational efficiency and dynamism through to environmental systems,” adds Neil McMaster, GAC Dubai’s General Manager for Contract Logistics. “The facility has been extremely well-received, and this is thanks to the dedication and synergy of the team that worked on this project.”
The 45,900 pallet, two-chamber temperature- and humidity-controlled facility is designed to handle a diverse range of product categories including fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), food & beverage, beauty products and dangerous goods (DG) of classes 2, 3, 5.1 and 8. It also features a 2,400sqm dedicated Value-Added Services (VAS) facility, offering a flexible range of value-added services that meet customers’ requirements and international quality standards.
There has been enthusiastic take-up since operations started in May, with several new contracts signed with clients from the retail travel, FMCG and other sectors. Currently, the facility holds 21,500 occupied pallet positions and handles around 60 vehicle movements per day.
The inauguration ceremony for the new centre was officiated by His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC) & Dubai South, and GAC Group President Bengt Ekstrand. In attendance were GAC Group Vice President for the Middle East Fredrik Nyström, GAC Dubai Managing Director Ronald Lichtenecker, as well as partners and customers.