Jafza, Dubai Aviation City Corp. Tie-up 
to Create ‘Dubai Logistics Corridor’

DUBAI - Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone, or Jafza, and the Dubai Aviation City Corporation have joined forces to form one of the largest multi-modal logistics platforms in the world.

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Published: Wed 15 Jul 2009, 1:27 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:35 AM

The partnership, announced on Monday, will create “The Dubai Logistics Corridor”, a transport and logistics corridor linking sea, land and air and bringing together for the first time in the Middle East.

The agreement was signed last week by Salma Hareb, Chief Executive Officer of Economic Zones World, or EZW, the parent company of Jafza, and Rashed Buqara’a, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, which is responsible for the upcoming Dubai Logistics City and Al Maktoum International Airport projects at Dubai World Central, or DWC.

The opening of Al Maktoum International Airport in June 2010 will significantly increase Dubai’s trade, industrial and logistics capacity. The unified project with its extensive facilities, including over a million additional square metres of logistics space when completed, is expected to considerably boost operations and open up to an anticipated workforce of an additional 200,000 people.

It is estimated that as a result of this agreement, the DWC will have 400,000-square metre offices, 1,000,000-square metre warehouses, plots for build to suit 24,000,000 square metre and 10,000 on site residential units.

“Our alliance is a commitment to create an economic free zone community and logistics model that is unsurpassed in global connectivity,” Salma Hareb said, adding: “This step will have a positive impact on Dubai’s status as a leading global commercial and trading hub.”

The co-operation agreement between the two government-owned entities is a major move to more than double the City’s logistics capabilities.

“With Dubai World Central’s focus on aviation and logistics combined with EZW’s complimentary strengths in land and sea based connectivity, we are creating a platform which will confirm Dubai’s position as the unparalleled center of logistics in the region and as a globally significant player for generations to come,” Rashed Buqara’a said.

From a customer perspective, the two entities will effectively act as single entity facilitating the transportation of goods from sea to land and air (and vice versa) in record time.

This agreement will focus on four areas, the first of which will be the implementation of the transport and logistics corridor. To develop the multi-modal logistics platform they will co-operate to align their business processes and leverage their key assets of Al Maktoum International Airport, Jebel Ali Port and each party’s respective Free Zones.

The development and implementation of common business processes will benefit customers by enabling a seamless and fast transaction turnaround for goods and freight passing between the two adjacent locations.

The second area of focus will be administrative, which aims to develop One-Stop-Shop services including registration, licensing, and management of human capital.

The development of an operational platform will be the third area, setting out consistent rules, regulations and offerings. This would further strengthen support to existing customers and provide a new, powerful value proposition to attract new customers for both entities.

The final piece will focus on business development, where the two entities would align their respective capabilities in areas of marketing and promotion.

The agreement is the first step in delivering upon the Government of Dubai’s commitment to become the logistic and trade hub of the region by developing and implementing the infrastructure and systems required for seamless transition of goods between sea, land and air.

abdulbasit@khaleejtimes.com



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