Maersk strengthens its Logistics & Services in UAE

Maersk UAE

A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk), the global integrated logistics company, has opened the doors to its third Warehousing & Distribution (W&D) facility in Dubai, UAE, which is also its first Cold Store in the country. Situated at Dubai Industrial City, a member of TECOM Group PJSC, Maersk’s Cold Store is strategically located regarding connectivity to Jebel Ali Port, Al Maktoum International Airport, direct road access across the UAE and an Etihad Rail freight terminal.

“The demand for perishables that require cold storage is rising in the UAE owing to the growing population and robust tourism resulting in increased demand for speciality foods without compromising the integrity of the product. At Maersk, our purpose is to improve life for all by integrating the world, and we saw an opportunity to establish a facility that would help us achieve our purpose in UAE. Our new Cold Store facility is helping us safeguard the integrity of perishables and offer them to end users through uninterrupted cold chain solutions,” said Christopher Cook, Managing Director, Maersk UAE, Oman and Qatar.

Consumers are increasingly demanding more choices for frozen and refrigerated food products in supermarkets with extended shelf life and optimum product quality, making cold chain logistics more important than ever. With the 12,500-pallet position space at the new Cold Store facility, Maersk aims to make inroads into the growing demand for frozen, chilled, and ambient storage in the UAE.

“Maersk’s launch reiterates the industrial and logistics credentials of Dubai, a global powerhouse for logistics activity due to its business-friendly legislation and its geographic location. With purpose-built infrastructure, sector-specific zones, expansive transport links, and strategic government partnerships, Dubai Industrial City offers logistics solutions that support and complement the industrial sector,” said Saud Abu Alshawareb, Executive Vice President – Industrial Leasing, TECOM Group PJSC.

Maersk will offer 24×7 B2B and B2C fulfilment operations, eCommerce solutions to retailers/distributors and FMCG brands, and value-added services such as co-packing, labelling, repacking, cross-docking and last-mile delivery to retail outlets. The facility will have an advanced warehouse management system to give customers clear visibility at the Purchase Order (PO) or SKU level.

“Dubai Industrial City’s intelligent infrastructure and integrated solutions strengthen its position as a key stakeholder in the Operation 300bn strategy. It aims to develop the UAE’s industrial and logistics sector and enhance its role in stimulating the national economy. Our enabling ecosystem and integrated offering of land, state-of-the-art warehousing, offices, and worker accommodation support the National Food Security Strategy and Dubai Economic Agenda ‘D33’ goals to fuel sustainable prosperity in the local industrial and logistics sectors. As the UAE observes the ‘Year of Sustainability’ and prepares to host COP 28 in 2023, we extend a resounding welcome to Maersk’s first cold store in the UAE and the important role it will play in growing the country’s food logistics sector,” added Abu Alshawareb.

The Cold Store facility, combined with the integrated logistics solutions offered by Maersk that include surface, air and ocean transportation, customs clearances, and supply chain management, will provide Maersk’s customers with the opportunity to move their goods seamlessly while dealing with a single logistics partner leading to potentially faster turnaround times, higher visibility, better control and more predictability of their supply chains.

Dubai Industrial City is part of TECOM Group’s business district portfolio, including Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, Dubai Production City, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai Design District (d3), and Dubai Science Park.

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