KEZAD Group, the integrated trade, logistics, and industrial hub of Abu Dhabi and a fully-owned subsidiary of AD Ports Group, and noon, the Middle East’s leading online shopping destination, have broke ground on the UAE’s largest fulfillment center, which will form part of an anchor investment by noon into the emirate’s fast-growing eCommerce space.
The 252,000-square-meter fulfillment center facility is being designed and developed by KEZAD Group under a Build-to-Suit agreement and is scheduled for delivery in 2024. With the introduction of new automation technologies for storage, material movement, and sorting, the facility will enable rapid delivery of products to millions of noon customers throughout the UAE and will bolster the local economy with the creation of several thousand new jobs.
The UAE’s eCommerce market has grown exponentially in recent years, with customers increasingly moving toward the variety, convenience, and price benefits of online shopping. With managing inventory efficiently and cost-effectively being critical to meeting the spike in online consumer demand, fulfillment centers not only offer scalable warehousing opportunities, but provide speed and quality control across the entire value chain, from order picking and processing to packaging and shipping.
“Under the guidance of our wise leadership, AD Ports Group is committed to positioning Abu Dhabi as a global hub for trade through the development of an integrated and future-ready industrial ecosystem within KEZAD. The state-of-the-art noon fulfillment center perfectly aligns with this mission and represents an important milestone in our collective journey to enable the rapid expansion of eCommerce and same-day delivery models in the region. The facility will bring significant economic benefits with the creation of thousands of jobs and will offer new opportunities for the private sector looking to reach customers across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe.”
Mr. Mohamed Al Abbar, Founder of noon, said that “More than 5,000 small businesses will use our fulfillment center to store their goods and conduct business. This will allow our youth and small businesses to connect with the growing number of eCommerce customers without having to invest in technology or real estate.”
By leveraging the innovative development solution, the noon fulfillment center will be delivered by KEZAD Group on a fast-track basis to the end users’ exact specifications. This approach offers a very strong option for businesses seeking an asset-light approach while still retaining full control of their operations and standards.