DHL opens $20m logistics centre in Riyadh
DHL has opened its largest air/ground operations facility in Riyadh, located at Riyadh King Khalid International Airport.
The opening ceremony was hosted by Ken Allen, DHL Express CEO, Nour Suliman, DHL Express Middle East and North Africa CEO, and Prince Mohammed bin Saud bin Naif.
The $20.2 million facility, which is 12,000 sqm with a built up area of 4,000 sqm, is the second of three facilities DHL Express has planned for Saudia Arabia as part of a $95 million overall investment.
Suliman commented: "The Middle East and North Africa, and its trading links, are growing in importance in the global logistics industry with strong growth projections for the next few years.
"Our plan is to be right at the center of that growth to serve our customers.
"Saudi Arabia is one of the region's biggest markets for DHL Express. Our capability in Saudi Arabia is a key revenue and service driver for the region."
The new Riyadh facility will introduce a new network flight plus the continuous use of commercial flights, which will bring in 7,500 shipments each day that can all be cleared through the facility's own transport Asset Protection Association (TAPA) certified on-ground customs clearance.
The facility's conveyer and sorting belt extending, which extends across two floors, can automatically weigh, measure and photograph up to 18,000 shipments per day.
Geoff Walsh, country manager, DHL Express Saudi Arabia, commented: "This is a proud moment for us, our development in our capacity and network will allow us to meet the growing customer demand for fast and efficient shipment deliveries.
"The new facility will reduce the transit times by a day or two and will allow us to increase our flight capacity and schedules by 400 percent therefore boosting customer satisfaction."
DHL currently has 261 service centres and service points in the region.
Of the 5,000 people the company employs across the Middle East, nearly 1,000 work in Saudi Arabia.