Integration essential to supply chain says Saud Alshawareb at Leaders in Logistics 2019
Further integration of the supply chain is essential to the future growth of the UAE logistics sector, said Saud Alshawareb, Managing Director, Dubai Industrial City, at the Leaders in Logistics Summit 2019.
“We’re leveraging the UAE’s strategic location for our partners,” he said during his presentation ‘The Importance of Logistics in Developing an Advanced & Sustainable Manufacturing Sector in the UAE’. “And within the UAE our location is second to none midway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, two of the biggest markets in the region. We offer value for money because we have a comprehensive range of products and services available and we have suppliers and their end users present in the same location.”
Dubai Industrial City is also developing the hinterland infrastructure necessary for logistics. “We have 110 kilometres of road developed and high-end fibre optic internet connections to support business operations,” he added. “More than 30% of our growth last year was from the expansion of our existing partners, which shows the extent to which we are able to help businesses grow their operations within our hub.”
"China and India are huge growth areas for us and the wider UAE supply chain. Halal in particular is a major growth trend. We’re working with the UAE government to promote products made in the UAE, we want to play a key role in changing the UAE from a transhipment hub to a manufacturing hub as well.”
This development of a manufacturing base is key for further growth in the UAE logistics sector. While Dubai Industrial City has countless tenants that have benefitted from its approach, Alshawareb highlighted Norka Coffee and Standard Carpets as examples.
Norka exports coffee from Dubai to Canada, while Standard Carpets makes carpets here and exports globally, but particularly to Australia and Asia.
“Two-thirds of the world’s population is located within an eight hour flight,” said Alshawareb. “These are just two examples, but these manufacturers require logistics services and support, which shows the integrated nature of the freezone’s various verticals.”