Mohebi to invest Dh1b in logistics sector

DUBAI — Mohebi Investments, an affiliate of the Dubai- based Zainal Mohebi Group, yesterday announced the setting up of Mohebi Logistics, a Dh1 billion investment initiative aimed at creating one of the region’s biggest supply chain companies in the region.

By Issac John

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Published: Tue 18 Sep 2007, 6:47 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:44 PM

In the first phase of the five-year investment programme, Mohebi Logistics will establish a Dh200 million regional logistics hub in Jebel Ali Free Zone (South).

Mohammed Mohebi, Chairman and CEO of Mohebi Investments and CEO of Mohebi Logistics said the company’s goal was to emerge as a major regional player with a presence in all major markets in the region.

He said Mohebi Logistics will soon be setting up logistics facility in Abu Dhabi in addition to investing further in Dubai in line with the company’s strategy of creating national and regional infrastructure. It also plans to makes a strong presence in Northern Emirates. “We see tremendous room for growth for the supply chain services industry, which accounts for some 15 per cent of Dubai’s GDP,” Mohebi said.

The JAFZA facility, spread over an area of over 51,000 square meters, will be operational by January 2008.

“Our aim is to become one of the most admired and dynamic supply chain management companies in our region and set a benchmark in the region for the provision of total world class solutions in the retail and FMCG logistics sector,” he said.

Zainal Mohebi group, which has an extensive track record in delivering regional distribution solutions, want to set standards not only in operational excellence, but also in innovation and to create a corporate culture that would lure top talents from the industry. “Our heritage over the last century and three family generations gives us the experience, the vision and the courage to invest, to expand and to continue building on solid foundations. Mohebi Logistics takes this legacy forward and brings a new perspective to the provision of international supply chain services. We are fortunate to launch our base in JAFZA, a pioneering free zone concept that has become a symbol of Dubai’s astonishing economic growth,”said Mohebi.

Mohebi Investments has also set up the Alpha Team, a strategic alliance between Mohebi Logistics, Baqer Mohebi Est., Mohebi Aviation and STI Middle East.

“As each company in this alliance is a market leader in their respective industry, and as all of them serve different components of the wider logistics and supply chain industry, we are now in a position to offer our clients a total solution package from FMCG agency to air movement of people under one roof. Alpha Team is now in a unique position to cater to the market in a way that has never been done before.”

Ben Jacob, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, Mohebi Logistics, said starting with an outlay of Dh200 million for infrastructure development, Mohebi Logistics plans to make significant investments across the region over the next five years. “The second phase for our facility in JAFZA is already at an advanced stage. By 2012 we will establish a comprehensive network of warehousing and transport facilities to cover the Middle East, and anticipate expansion into Africa, South West and South East Asia in the medium term.”

Iain Gordon, the company’s General Manager, said that Mohebi Logistics brings a new approach to customer-centric vertically integrated supply chain solutions with the primary focus being to develop mutually beneficial long-term partnerships.

Apart from modern warehousing facility incorporating temperature controlled storage handling and dock areas, Mohebi Logistics offers a proficient management team that is experienced in FMCG logistics and distribution. “Our focus will be on high productivity and high accuracy logistics services. The company deploys a modern, temperature controlled distribution fleets with GPRS tracking and monitoring.”

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