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The Dubai World Central (DWC) is among a number of infrastructure developments in the emirate aimed at diversifying its economy. It is focused on providing industries with a wide range of modern infrastructure and facilities to support business growth. The economic zone is divided into eight districts: aviation, residential, commercial, logistics, leisure, humanitarian, exhibition and the Al Maktoum International Airport.
Central to the development is the airport expected to host 160 million passengers and handle 12 million tons of cargo annually once it is fully finished. The first phase of the airport is currently fully operational. Construction of the second phase is ongoing, which will include a space that will become the future home of the Dubai Airshow.
DWC’s Exhibition District will host the highly-anticipated Expo 2020. In the run-up to the event, new real estate projects have started to spring up around the Expo site to meet the demands of visitors, exhibitors and delegates. The Logistics District offers companies diverse business solutions such as plots, warehouses, commercial buildings and offices. Among the big names that operate from this district are Kuehne + Nagel, Aramex, Hellmann-Calipar and Panalpina. IKEA has also joined the growing roster by setting up a regional distribution center.
Light industries and companies in the fields of aircraft manufacturing, education and the like can take advantage of the facilities offered at the Aviation District. The Commercial District will feature hotels and several towers for commercial activities, while the Residential District will offer freehold properties in a landscape that includes lakes and plenty of greens.
The Leisure District will give visitors various entertainment venues, while the Humanitarian District will focus on emergency aid activities.
Setting up at DWC gives businesses easy access to air, road and sea networks as, aside from the airport, it is also near the Jebel Ali Port, Dubai’s main thoroughfares and soon the Etihad Rail.
• Dubai World Central enjoys easy access to road, sea and air links
• Al Maktoum International Airport serves as DWC’s focal point
• Among the DWC tenants are Aramex, Kuehne + Nagel and IKEA
Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer