A huge amount of work is going on in the Gulf states to secure their economic future as oil revenues decline. A huge new airport is being built at Abu Dhabi, while fifty miles down the road in Dubai work is well underway on what is described as the world’s first truly integrated logistics and multi-modal transport platform, Dubai Logistics City. The aim is to become the central hub for global and regional businesses looking for centralised supply chain initiatives.
DLC is part of the US$ 33 billion Dubai World Central the urban aviation community being built at Jebel Ali.
Michael Proffitt, chief executive of Dubai Logistics City, says: “The Middle East air cargo growth is the highest among all other regions in the world – 9.5 per cent in 2007 – and is expected to go back to its earlier double digit growth in coming years.
“DLC’s phase one, which will start operations by the end of this year, has already been leased out and every major global player has either expressed interest or leased land within DLC.
“The adjacent Al Maktoum International Airport – set to be the world’s largest – has already captured global attention and adds to DLC’s value proposition of turn around lead times in sea-air cargo to as little as four hours.”