DB Schenker to Open Another Mega Logistics Center at Dubai South
With the construction start of a third expansion phase of another mega logistics centre at Dubai South’s Logistics District, DB Schenker’s total contract logistics footprint in Dubai reaches 84,000 square metres by June 2022.
Dubai South has been at the forefront of the e-commerce and logistics sectors in delivering Dubai’s first dual-licensed, hybrid-bonded facilities.
A host of global and regional players benefit from Dubai South’s customer-centric processes and a seamless, multimodal connectivity between road, air and sea transportation.
DB Schenker in the Middle East and Africa region has facilitated the market entry of many international companies to expand their footprints across the globe in this high potential market.
This has made the company one of the fastest growing logistics service providers in the region expanding the total area of its operated logistics centers from 40,000 to 325,000 square metres in the last seven years.
Ako Djaf, Vice President Contract Logistics/SCM, DB Schenker Middle East and Africa said: “The new warehouse is a necessary step to accommodate the increasing demand of our customers for best in-class services and unique solutions that DB Schenker is providing in the UAE market.
"The project also confirms our commitment to operating sustainably, and we want to underpin our leading ecological position in the UAE market by reducing CO2 emissions and costs; which is a competitive advantage for our customers and us.
"It is our ambition to be the regional leading logistics service provider also in terms of innovation. Through DLC III we will channel sustainability and technology in a way that makes our service offering beneficial and attractive for our customers.”
Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of Logistics District, Dubai South said: “DB Schenker’s work on its third facility at Dubai South is a testament to our bespoke, customised services and fast-paced ecosystem that benefits from centralisation and economies of scale, servicing the region as well as local markets.
"We will continue supporting our valued clientele and offering them optimal solutions to accommodate their expansion requirements to meet their demands to grow their business.”
The groundbreaking ceremony took place on July 4, 2021 in the presence of His Excellence Khalifa Al Zafiin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, Christopher Smith, CEO Middle East Africa, DB Schenker and Ako Djaf Vice President Contract Logistics / SCM Middle East and Africa, DB Schenker; among other senior executives from both companies.
The new state-of-the-art, green logistics center will have a 37,000-square-metre warehouse space that includes a 5,000-square-metre mezzanine area dedicated for value-added services and spare-parts operations.
With temperature-controlled areas and ambient-temperature zones, it will utilise 100% renewable energy and act as a distribution hub for the GCC.
Ako Djaf to Provide Insights on Sustainable Logistics at TLME's Future of Logistics Conference Part 2
A senior logistics executive with a proven track record of over 20 years, in his current capacity Ako oversees all DB Schenker Contract Logistics and Distribution activities across the Middle East and Africa and is responsible for setting its strategic directions and goals.
He is a member of the DB Schenker Global Logistics Steering Committee and a member of the DB Schenker regional Board of Directors.
Since taking charge of Middle East and Africa region back in 2013, Ako has established new steps in several countries across the region and advanced the DB Schenker footprint by more than 350,000 sq mtrs.
Under Djaf the region has established its first and second mega Green logistics center in Dubai with 100% solar power supply and many other features of renewable energy - first in its kind within DB Schenker, globally - and has a third facility currently under construction which will be ready by mid 2022.
Ako will be speaking as a panellist for the Sustainablity Session during the Future of Logistics Conference Part 2 to be held in Dubai on March 21st and 22nd 2022.