Amazon opened its latest fulfillment center in the UAE, increasing its total storage capacity in the country by 70%.
Located in the logistics district of Dubai South, the facility provides efficient service, speed, operations and uninterrupted access to Jebel Ali Port and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).
Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman, Dubai Aerocity Corporation and Dubai South; Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General, Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET); Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General, Dubai Customs; Mohsen Ahmad, CEO, Dubai South Logistics Zone; The inauguration was witnessed by Mohamed Shael Alsaadi, Chief Executive Officer of the Defender and Fairtrade Corporation.
Following the inauguration, Amazon Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Vice President Ronaldo Mouchawar, Amazon MENA Director of Operations Prashant Saran and Director of Public Policy and Government Zeina El Kaissi gave VIPs a tour of the facility for Amazon MENA.
The new operations center has a storage capacity of 2.1 million cubic feet. The investment will allow Amazon to offer customers a wider selection of products spanning electronics, appliances, groceries, fashion, books and more as the company prepares for increased customer demand during Ramadan.
The new facility will offer innovative solutions for its operations, with nearly three kilometers of transport equipment, spread over five floors and occupying more than 350,000 square feet.
Supporting Dubai and the UAE’s digital economy agenda, the enhanced capabilities will provide entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses (SMBs) with access to Amazon’s fulfillment capabilities and world-class logistics expertise. To reach a broader customer base faster and more efficiently, SMBs can take advantage of the Fulfillment by Amazon product, which enables them to store, pick, pack, and ship customer orders through Amazon.
The company recently announced a commitment to host the products of 100,000 businesses, including local SMEs, on its UAE-based site, Amazon.ae, by 2026 in support of Dubai’s economic agenda D33, making Dubai a global digital economy.
Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aerocity Corporation and Dubai South, commented: “At Dubai South, our mission is to support the government’s economic diversification efforts through the different services and solutions we provide to local and international companies. We have created “A world-class ecosystem of logistics, supply chain and warehousing infrastructure, making it an ideal location for Amazon’s new facility. We are delighted to welcome the company’s second fulfillment center in our logistics district, as a global company like Amazon E-commerce companies are expanding their investments in the UAE, bringing us closer to our mission of promoting economic growth in the UAE.”
Helal Al Marri, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), said: “Dubai’s leadership has a clear economic growth roadmap for the next decade that leverages the emirate’s business-enabling infrastructure and highly developed global logistics network. To provide accelerated expansion opportunities for international and local companies, while providing a strong competitive advantage for companies choosing Dubai.In line with our Economic Agenda 2033 (D33) strategic goals, we welcome Amazon’s continued expansion here, and its innovation catalytic role in the broader development of a technology-centric economy.”
Ronaldo Mouchawar, Vice President of Amazon Middle East and North Africa, said: “At Amazon, we continue to emphasize our focus on providing the best and fastest selection of products to our customers in the UAE. Leverage Amazon’s world-class logistics products to attract more customers with a wider product selection, thereby significantly promoting the growth of e-commerce sales, building capacity and accelerating entrepreneurship.At the same time, we continue to invest in building the human capacity of the UAE, leading in the industry Leading workplaces create diverse career paths.” – trade arab news agency