A quarter of a century after opening the first distribution centre in the Middle East, GAC Dubai has officially unveiled its new purpose-built contract logistics facility, at Dubai South. The AED 100 million (US$ 27 million) facility, which broke ground in December 2016 and began operations in May this year, is the largest and most sophisticated in the company’s history.
It adds to GAC’s existing contract logistics capacity and complements established facilities in the Jebel Ali and Dubai Airport Free Zones, bringing its total capacity to more than 170,000 pallet positions. As a result, the company believes it is better placed to provide local and regional customers with a single solution to complex storage, transportation, value added services and documentation requirements.
“GAC was a pioneer when we arrived in Dubai in 1967, and when we opened the region’s first distribution centre in 1993. Our latest addition in Dubai South continues that pioneering tradition,” says GAC Group President, Bengt Ekstrand. “I firmly believe this new facility will give our customers the highest standards of service, security and cost-effectiveness in the UAE.”
The 45,900 pallet, two chamber temperature- and humidity-controlled facility is designed to handle a diverse range of product categories, including fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), food and beverages, beauty products and dangerous goods (DG), of classes 2, 3, 5.1 and 8. It also features a 2,400m2 dedicated Value-Added Services (VAS) facility, offering an extensive range of capabilities to meet customers’ requirements and international quality standards.
Since operations started in May, several new contracts have been signed for the Dubai South logistics centre with clients from the travel, retail, FMCG and other sectors. Currently, the facility holds 21,500 occupied pallet positions of goods and handles around 60 vehicle movements per day.