350-million honey bees land at Ras Al Khaimah Airport
Ras Al Khaimah Airport witnessed a unique feat of logistics in March when 40 tons of live honeybees landed at the airport aboard an Egypt Air Cargo flight from Cairo for the first time in 2019.
With 4,000 honeybees weighing just one pound, the cargo shipment was one of the largest of its kind in the region.
It was met by customers waiting to welcome the bees and take them to various farms across the UAE.
Al Najeh Honey entrusted Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RAK) with this task and it said the entry of the honeybees to the UAE was executed flawlessly by RAK airport.
They offered the best handling services thereby ensuring that the honeybee shipment was delivered and handed over to the consignee in the shortest possible time, it said.
“The entire team at RAK Airport put in immense efforts to join all the dots together,” said Sanjay Khanna, CEO, RAK Airport. “A lot of planning has gone into this to achieve the final goal of handling and delivering live bees.”
“It has been our endeavour to establish benchmark standards in our airport. Moreover, our airport is perfectly suited to handle such delicate and time sensitive cargo,” he added.
Al Najeh Honey farm started as a small trading business 26 years ago and has since become a key exporter of queen bees and apiary equipment.
The apiary is located in a remote desert property surrounded by a rickety barbed wire fence which holds 100 hives, each discreetly stored along the shady trees in locked plastic chests filled with trays of honeycombs guarded by thousands of bees.
Al Najeh Honey owns and operates farms all through Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, mostly in the Northern Emirates near Al Dhaid.
Al Najeh Honey transports around 4.8 billion bees between Egypt, the UAE, Oman, Sudan and Saudi Arabia.