A landmark linking the world

Dubai Logistics CityImage Credit: Supplied

Global analysts have valued the UAE logistics market at US$27 billion for this year, up by 15% from 2013. In addition, analysts say that the GCC would become one of the busiest international trade lanes by 2030. Leveraging on the same, Dubai’s logistics market is expanding by taking advantage of being a gateway to the global market.

Dubai’s forward-thinking government has empowered the logistics industry by building Dubai Logistics City (DLC). It is the first multi-modal integrated logistics platform in the world. Strategically located near Al Maktoum International Airport and adjacent to Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone, it connects to air and sea transport, leveraging the utilisation of combined transport modes.

Apart from providing all transport modes that logistics requires, it also facilitates supply chain operations including manufacturing and assembly. Besides, it provides liberal and business-friendly policies with efficient customs facilitation.

DLC has become a logistics hub due to Dubai’s prominence in global trading and becoming the economic centre by rapidly maturing as a diversified economy. The growth has provided the emirate with a place with one of the leading multimodal transport hubs in the world. Sea-air is a commercially lucrative transport combination that saves transit time and freight expenditures in contrast to only sea or air freight.

Dubai alone is managing approximately 70% of air cargo annually in the Middle East and probably this would continue. Viewing the growth, the expansion plans for the logistics sector is also high on the UAE government’s schedule by boosting the share of the non-oil sector from 70% to 80% in 10 to 15 years.

With growth come challenges. Some major challenges are cargo screening and security, which could be dealt with by way of operating a think tank for solutions.

Handy Hints
• DLC is one of world’s leading global multimodal transport hubs
• It is a platform providing total logistics, supply chain operations
• Logistics operations include merge-in-transit to final assembly

Source: Arva Shikari, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer


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