TOP 10: Agility Warehouses in the Middle East
With a network of 90 warehouse facilities in 12 locations across the Middle East and Africa, Agility profiles its top ten storage centres in countries such as the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Agility’s flagship warehouse in Dubai is located at Jebel Ali Free Zone and operates as a central hub for the company’s regional operations. The facility can store a large variety of cargo, offering 22,608m² of temperature controlled storage, 4172m² of dedicated pharmaceutical storage and 30,405m² of ambient storage.
The turnaround times for vessels at the nearby Jebel Ali Port are some of the quickest in the world and Agility’s proximity to the main container terminal and customs authorities provides an ideal location to operate a regional distribution centre. The warehouse is also integrated to the company’s road and airfreight systems, being just 40 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, 15 minutes from the new Al Maktoum International Airport and a central hub for Agility’s Middle East road network.
This allows for goods to be delivered in a secure and efficient manner wherever the destination. One of four facilities in Dubai, Agility’s Dubai warehouses provide specialised services to a variety of prestigious clients from different industries, including the automotive, life sciences, electronics, and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors.
In addition to serving its own domestic market, Bahrain is considered a popular gateway to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a direct connection through the King Fahad Causeway. In addition, the country will soon be linked to another of its close neighbours - Qatar - with the opening of a similar bridge within the next ten years. Agility’s facilities are planned with this in mind, offering clients full integration with its broader GCC distribution and logistics network.
The logistics company operates a facility in the Al Hidd industrial area, which is relatively close to both Bahrain’s seaport and airport. In addition, bonded facilities are available at the Mina Salman port and Bahrain Airport Free Zone. The main warehouse offers fully air conditioned dry storage with over 16,250 pallet positions. A chilled and freezer section is also available with nearly 7000 pallet positions.
These facilities service a number of industries, including life sciences, biotechnology, manufacturing, retail and information technology. The warehouses are supported by over 70 transport assets, which have been purchased to continuously enable local and regional distribution.
Located in close proximity to Muscat’s main commercial centre, together with the city’s shipping and airport, Agility has designed its Oman headquarters in Ghala to integrate within a national logistics system. This spans the entire country, with warehousing centres in primary locations such as Nizwa, Sohar and Salalah. In total Agility offers 19,000m² of warehousing and 26,000 pallet positions, as well as 139,000m² of open yard storage.
Local operations have a focus on the oil and gas, FMCG, retail and telecoms sectors. Many of these customers are served by the Ghala warehouse facility, which offers 15,000m² of multi-temperature storage and has a total capacity of 12,500 pallet positions.
Agility has long-believed that its warehouse capabilities are second-to-none in Kuwait and epitomise the company’s regional strengths in storage assets. In total, there are 52 facilities in the country, of which 40 are situated in the Sulaibiya area. Other warehouse locations include Mina Abdullah, Doha and Shuwaikh, which service a diverse spectrum of clients from every industry sector. These range from FMCG to pharmaceutical and from perishable cargo to hi-tech goods.
The company’s ambient, temperature controlled, chilled and frozen warehousing is supported by a local team of over 1024 employees and integrates into Agility’s domestic and international distribution network. The Kuwait facilities comprise of 254,000m² in covered, temperature controlled warehousing, with a further 170,000m² of open yard storage, and a total of 230,000 pallet positions. These facilities are also supported by over 5800 transport assets.
Agility believes its Qatar operations are a perfect representation of the company’s diverse service portfolio, with much of the work focused on the country’s oil and gas, FMCG, retail and banking sectors. In addition, Agility offers specialised solutions, such as records and information management, international moving and relocation services, and a dedicated chemicals storage facility.
Servicing these various markets while complementing Agility’s growing logistics capabilities in Qatar is a 30,000m² warehouse in Doha, where over 600 staff and 150 trucks and trailers work to provide solutions to over 200 customers throughout the country. The warehouse offers 32,000 pallet positions, with a combination of temperature-controlled, refrigerated and open yard facilities.
KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
Located next to Riyadh dry port and situated within a Government specified warehouse district, Agility’s Saudi Arabia warehouse offers direct access to the Jeddah and Dammam highways, with near and easy access to the city’s industrial areas. The warehouse offers multiple temperature zones and tailored logistics solutions to many top brands from the FMCG, high tech, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and retail sectors.
Servicing the largest consumer market in the GCC, the Riyadh warehouse has 40,000m² warehousing space and 59,000 pallet positions.
With over 400 employees across three offices, the Riyadh warehouse is the first step in Agility’s strategy for an integrated logistics network of warehousing and transportation facilities across the Kingdom, capable of offering local, regional and global solutions.
Strategically located in the heart of Beirut’s commercial centre, Agility’s warehouse is only five minutes from Lebanon’s major port and about twenty minutes from Beirut International Airport. Situated between two major highways, it provides for convenient and easy access throughout the country.
The 30,000m² facility offers 22,000 pallet positions, multiple temperature zones, and a range of value added services, supported by the latest technology and security systems. The Beirut warehouse provides services to a broad client base include major multi-nationals in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, as well as retail and hi-tech companies. In order to meet demand, Agility is currently developing a state-of-the-art 23,000m² warehouse located within 15 minutes of central Beirut.
Agility’s main Jordan warehouse is situated in close proximity to the Aqaba Container Port and has been marketed as a state-of-the-art distribution hub for Jordan and the wider region. Covering 15,000m² in total, and with over 15,000 pallet positions, the Aqaba facility is complimented by three additional warehouses in Jordan, totalling 29,000m² and 36,000 pallet positions.
These facilities are served by almost 400 transport assets, ensuring a seamless distribution network throughout the country. Offering multiple temperature zones, suitable for an array of industries, Agility serves various clients in Jordan, mainly from the automotive, hi-tech, retail and FMCG industries.
Agility’s Abu Dhabi facility offers a total of 400,000m² in air conditioned, dry, chilled and open areas. This consists of 9000m² of closed warehousing space and 375,000m² of open yard storage. The company’s open yard space also includes a custom bonded storage area that measures 10,000m² for transit storage purposes, in addition to a resident customs officer and a customs clearance facility.
The Abu Dhabi facility also has a dedicated humidity and temperature controlled records management area, providing specialist solutions for customer documents storage. Agility is currently developing a new 40,000m² facility in Abu Dhabi to capitalise on growing demand in the UAE capital.
One of the most important markets in the Middle East, Agility’s warehouse in Egypt includes 154,000m² of space, with 43,000m² in covered storage and 35,000m² in open yard storage. The Cairo warehouse is strategically located with direct access to the major transport roads that feed Cairo, Alexandria, the Nile delta and Upper Egypt, making it well positioned for a domestic distribution centre, while utilising Agility’s complete supply chain solutions to import, warehouse and deliver goods throughout Egypt.
This facility was opened in 2006 to meet the needs of a broad range of multi-national and local companies. Marketed as one of the few state-of-the-art facilities in Egypt, the Cairo facility offers the latest technology and control systems, supported by a team of 330 dedicated employees in offices throughout Egypt.