June 24, 2024

Dubai South And Aldar Alliance To Develop Kuehne+Nagel’s BTS Facility

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Dubai South and Aldar to develop build-to-suit facility for Kuehne+Nagel at EZDubai, the fully dedicated e-commerce hub in Dubai South
The agreement was signed at Dubai South headquarters. Image Courtesy: Dubai South

Dubai South, the largest single urban master development focusing on aviation, logistics, and real estate, and Aldar Properties (‘Aldar’), the leading real estate developer, investor, and manager in the UAE, will develop a build-to-suit (BTS) facility for Kuehne+Nagel. As per Industry sources, Kuhene+Nagel is one of the world’s leading logistics providers, at EZDubai, the fully dedicated e-commerce hub in Dubai South.

Industry sources further added that the agreement was signed at Dubai South headquarters in the presence of Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of Logistics District, Dubai South, Jonathan Emery, CEO, of Aldar Development, Lee I’Ons, GCC+ Managing Director at Kuehne+Nagel, as well as other senior executives from the three entities.

From L To R – Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of Logistics District, Dubai South, Jonathan Emery, CEO at Aldar Development (M) And Lee I’Ons, GCC+ Managing Director at Kuehne+Nagel

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of Logistics District, Dubai South, stated: “We are pleased to sign this agreement with Kuehne+Nagel, who will benefit from our state-of-the-art infrastructure and customized advanced services to expand their presence and cater to the demand for logistics services regionally. Our partnership with Aldar is a strategic one, and we are committed to attracting the top players to contribute to the key priorities of the Dubai Economic Agenda ‘D33’- in establishing Dubai as one of the top five logistics hubs in the world.”

Jonathan Emery, Chief Executive Officer at Aldar Development, stated: “The logistics sector represents a hugely promising opportunity for Aldar, and we are delighted with the accelerated progress we are making in collaboration with Dubai South. Together, we are building scalable logistics facilities that respond to the burgeoning demand for high-grade facilities in the UAE from global firms such as Kuehne+Nagel. We continue to activate the initial AED 1 billion investment we committed to the sector and look forward to making further announcements this year.”

Lee I’Ons, GCC+ Managing Director at Kuehne+Nagel, stated: “Kuehne+Nagel’s longstanding relationship with Dubai South and Aldar was pivotal in choosing the right partners to facilitate our expansion. Thanks to the strategic location of EZ Dubai, a carefully designed e-commerce zone by Dubai South, Aldar’s strong development capabilities, and Kuehne+Nagel’s global expertise in handling e-commerce, the new fulfillment center will further strengthen our successful cooperation.”

Industry sources further added that located nearby and with direct access to Al Maktoum International Airport, as well as Jebel Ali port via a bounded logistics corridor, the logistics facility is being developed as part of the joint venture between Dubai South and Aldar to develop Grade A logistics facilities at Dubai South’s Logistics District. The facility is expected to be handed over to Kuehne+Nagel by Q2 2025.

Industry sources further affirmed that the facility spans 22,915 square meters, offers third-party logistics (3PL), e-commerce, and goods handling services, and is designed to include office space, warehousing capabilities, and an amenities block. It’s also designed to attain a LEED Silver certification by incorporating efficient design and energy-saving elements. The building’s flooring will feature an innovative system utilizing high-performance steel fibers, including those sourced from repurposed end-of-life tire wire and cord, ensuring both strength and reduced carbon footprint.

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