Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Al Futtaim Logistics Establishes Footprint at Dubai Industrial City Logistics Zone

30,720-sq metre Facility Dedicated to Service IKEA at Dubai
Festival City and Yas Island in Abu Dhabi

Dubai-UAE: 14 June, 2011 – Al-Futtaim Logistics (AFL), one of the top five

providers of integrated logistics solutions in the region, has signed a three-year

agreement to acquire 32 warehousing units at Dubai Industrial City, a member of

TECOM Investments Manufacturing and Logistics Cluster.

With a total area of 30,720 sq metres, the warehouses have a capacity to store

over 30,000 pallets. The core purpose of the facility is to provide AFL with a

complete logistics and distribution solution, solely dedicated to the group’s key

retail client, IKEA, which has outlets at Dubai Festival City and Yas Island in Abu

Abdullah Belhoul, Managing Director of the Manufacturing and Logistics Cluster

at TECOM Investments, said: “We welcome Al Futtaim Logistics to Dubai

Industrial City and look forward to nurturing a long-term business relationship.

Our association with AFL is in line with our strategy to support and develop the

industrial and warehousing sectors in Dubai and the UAE.

“The presence of Al Futtaim Logistics at Dubai Industrial City will add further value

to our business partners. Offering a total capacity of seven million sq. feet of built

up warehousing units, Dubai Industrial City is in a strong position to cater to the

high demand and growing needs of this expanding sector.”

The 560 million sq. ft. dedicated industrial destination comprises six clusters

featuring food and beverage, base metal, mineral products, chemicals, transport

equipment and parts, as well as machinery and mechanical equipment.

Mitch Jones, General Manager, Al Futtaim Logistics, said: “The warehouses at Dubai

Industrial City have enabled us to consolidate operations in a single location after

operating from two locations for several years. The consolidation into one site

located between Dubai and Abu Dhabi allows us to make great improvements in

service efficiency and significantly reduce logistics cost for the client. The location of

the warehousing facility provides us with a highly effective distribution solution to

service the IKEA stores within the UAE.”

Tom Nauwelaerts, Managing Director, Al Futtaim Logistics, said: “We put the

customer at the centre of all our actions, and this new IKEA warehouse highlights

our ongoing commitment to strengthen the IKEA brand and enhance the customer

experience at every touch point. This new warehouse operation in Dubai Industrial

City will be a critical asset to Al-Futtaim Logistics and will enable us to achieve the

challenging targets and objectives that we have set for the IKEA brand in the UAE

and the GCC region."

Ideally located near Jebel Ali Port and adjacent to the new Al Maktoum

International Airport, overlooking the main transport gateways and mid-way to Abu

Dhabi, Dubai Industrial City's state-of-the-art warehouse facilities incorporate the

highest design safety level.

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