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.