In the 2018 Logistics Performance Index published by the World Bank, UAE was rated eleventh. Since then, the logistics industry has experienced a major expansion. The goods and logistics market was worth USD 19.65 billion in 2020, and it is anticipated to be worth USD 31.41 billion by 2026. The growth of e-commerce and the expansion of global trade have increased the demand for investment in this sector. Additionally, the UAE was placed third globally for trade in transport services and fifth globally for important competitive maritime hubs in The Bunker Supply Index.
To support the growth, a number of programmes were introduced, including World Logistics Passport, Dubai’s Silk Road Strategy, and UAE Maritime Cluster. The UAE ports handled over 15 million TEUs during 2020, while there were over 25,000 port calls in the UAE in the same year. In the UAE and Guinea, the Abu Dhabi Ports Group was in charge of around 11 ports and terminals. A recent agreement that plans to construct a new terminal in Khalifa Port with an initial capacity of 1.8 million TEUs was inked in September 2021 between AD Ports Group and CMA CGM Group.
UAE’s cavalier in logistics
Through innovation and partnerships, AD Ports has grown over the years into a recognised leader in commerce, industrialization, and economic diversification. Through five clusters—digital, economic cities & free zones, logistics, maritime, & ports—AD Ports connect worldwide trade partners and maritime routes. Established in 2006, it has come a long way, with its shares being listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) main market. AD Ports continues to expand its global footprint through collaborations with industry-titans & investments that add value to them. The acquisition of Noatum, which improved worldwide connectivity and increased the variety of maritime, logistics, and port solutions, is one such recent development.
This constant evolution and accomplishment brought laurels for AD Ports while International Business Magazine added another accolade by awarding them with Preferred Choice for Shareholder Investments UAE 2023. The pledge to ensure sustained success
A way forward
UAE’s approach to attracting foreign investment and fostering partnerships has played a vital role in its logistics success. By providing a business-friendly environment and favourable regulations, UAE has enticed both domestic/international companies to establish themselves in the country. Through strategic investment and a demand for robust infrastructure, the UAE’s logistics industry is well-positioned to keep its top spot on the world stage with a dedication to long-term success and constant growth.
Blog by Tamanna Shaikh