[UAE, April 6, 2014]- Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, has announced the opening of Phase II of Kuehen + Nagel’s state-of-the-art logistics centre at DWC’s Logistics City. The expansion project was recently awarded a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), reflecting the company’s commitment towards sustainability. The project complements DWC’s focus on encouraging sustainable developments in the UAE ahead of the Dubai World Expo 2020.
Phase II’s addition of around 14,000 sqm of space to the warehouse and mezzanine brings the logistics center’s total covered area to 31,000 sqm. The expansion was carried out as part of Kuehne + Nagel’s growth initiative and will strengthen its ability to support customers in the UAE’s fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), hotel amenities, emergency/relief and aviation sectors.
Andy Weber, President MEA & Central Asia, Kuehen + Nagel, said: “We take tremendous pride in having secured LEED Gold status for our Phase II expansion which we achieved through the hard work of our team. With our extended premises in Dubai World Central, we have reaffirmed our commitment to cater to the growing regional demand for integrated logistics services while underlining our confidence in DWC as the premier aviation and logistics hub in the Middle East. With Dubai’s successful hosting bid for Expo 2020, we look forward to capitalize on the logistics infrastructure of DWC to optimally support our customers.”
Mohsen Ahmad, VP Logistics District, Dubai World Central, said: “As a strategic initiative of the Dubai Government, DWC plays a multi-faceted role in the overall development of the country. While it essentially serves as a hub for all aviation, logistics and business activities, we are keen on promoting the sustainability efforts of our partners. Kuehne + Nagel’s LEED-certified expansion is an exciting development and a benchmark for businesses operating at DWC. We will continue to support our residents to adopt and implement green initiatives over and above the provision of multimodal logistics capabilities, world-class technology and business infrastructure.”
Kuehne + Nagel is the first international logistics provider to become fully operational in DWC in 2009. The phase I of its logistics facility consisted of around 17,000 sqm warehouse space. The company also operates a modern 16,000 sqm logistics terminal in the Jebel Ali Free Zone and has offices in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
Dubai World Central is one of the most important and strategic projects launched by the Government of Dubai. It has been developed to meet the present and future needs of Dubai's aviation, tourism, trade and logistics sectors.