Maersk opens its 1st Cold Store facility in UAE at Dubai Industrial City

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Maersk launches Cold Store Facility in UAE
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Maersk, the global integrated logistics company, has opened the doors to its third Warehousing & Distribution (W&D) facility in Dubai, UAE, which is also its first Cold Store in the country.

Situated at Dubai Industrial City, a member of TECOM Group, Maersk’s Cold Store is strategically located when it comes to connectivity to Jebel Ali Port, Al Maktoum International Airport, direct road access across the UAE and an Etihad Rail freight terminal.

Mr. Saud Abu Alshawareb, Executive Vice President, of Industrial Leasing, TECOM Group PJSC, said that “Maersk’s launch reiterates the industrial and logistics credentials of Dubai, a global powerhouse for logistics activity due to its business-friendly legislation and its geographic location. With purpose-built infrastructure, sector-specific zones, expansive transport links, and strategic government partnerships, Dubai Industrial City offers logistics solutions that support and complement the industrial sector.”

“Dubai Industrial City’s intelligent infrastructure and integrated solutions strengthen its position as a key stakeholder in the Operation 300bn strategy, which aims to develop the UAE’s industrial and logistics sector and enhance its role in stimulating the national economy. Our enabling ecosystem and integrated offering of the land, state-of-the-art warehousing, offices, and worker accommodation supports the goals of the National Food Security Strategy and Dubai Economic Agenda ‘D33’ to fuel sustainable prosperity in the local industrial and logistics sectors,” added Mr. Abu Alshawareb.

Christopher Cook_Maersk opens Cold store facility in UAE
Christopher Cook
Managing Director
Maersk UAE, Oman & Qatar

“The demand for perishables that require cold storage is rising in the UAE owing to the growing population and robust tourism resulting in increased demand for specialty foods without compromising the integrity of the product. At Maersk, our purpose is to improve life for all by integrating the world, and we saw an opportunity to establish a facility that would help us achieve our purpose in UAE. Our new Cold Store facility is helping us safeguard the integrity of perishables and offer them to end users through uninterrupted cold chain solutions.”

With the 12,500-pallet position space at the new Cold Store facility, Maersk is aiming to make inroads into the large and growing demand for frozen, chilled, and ambient storage in the UAE.

Maersk will offer 24×7 B2B and B2C fulfillment operations, eCommerce solutions to retailers, distributors and FMCG brands, and value-added services such as co-packing, labeling, and repacking, cross-docking and last-mile delivery to retail outlets. The facility will be equipped with an advanced warehouse management system that will allow customers to have clear visibility at Purchase Order (PO) or SKU level.

The Cold Store facility, combined with the integrated logistics solutions offered by Maersk that include surface, air and ocean transportation, customs clearances, and supply chain management, will provide Maersk’s customers with the opportunity to move their goods seamlessly while dealing with a single logistics partner leading to potentially faster turnaround times, higher visibility, better control and more predictability of their supply chains.

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