Logistics Industry Undergoing Rapid Expansion in Abu Dhabi - an emerging centre of economic power
International Freight Week launches as intermodal activity in the area reaches new highs. “While it is clear that other regions around the world have been experiencing slow or even stagnant growth over the last year or so, Abu Dhabi, and to some extent the wider region, is expected to realise an over 30% year-on-year growth in cargo freight by the close of 2008,” said Peter Hoslin, Marketing Manager, Abu Dhabi Airports Company. “This is a rate that many in the industry believe could last for at least the next five years or so.”
“Among the many developments that Abu Dhabi International Airport has seen this year and is undertaking to achieve over the coming years, is the target of handling two million tons of cargo - when the Mid-Field Terminal opens in three years,” he added. “Of course, the facilities that will support this exponential growth will be intrinsically linked with the growth of the cargo requirements of the national airline, Etihad Airways, although this will continue to be supported by an ever-increasing amount of freight handling from other airlines as well.”
Abu Dhabi’s US$10 billion Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone development includes a multi-purpose port which will be able to accommodate up to 2m teu in its first stage. Designed to totally replace the existing port Mina Zayed by 2012, Khalifa Port will create a gateway for the import of all cargo into Abu Dhabi and the export of goods manufactured in the adjacent free zone industrial areas which will cater for multiple sectors including shipyards and trade and logistics. Abu Dhabi is also planning a port for the industrial township of Musaffah, which could be operating as early as 2009.
Major investment is also taking place elsewhere in the region, with ProLogis, the world’s largest owner, manager and developer of distribution facilities, announcing the formation of a joint venture with Arcapita, a Bahrain-based investment company, to develop and acquire advanced logistics warehouse space in the Middle East. Known as ProLogis Middle East, the equal partnership expects to create a US$1 billion portfolio in Saudi Arabia, The UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.
“We believe local and multinational companies will increasingly demand modern distribution centres to serve the region’s growing needs” said ProLogis CEO Jeff Schwartz. “Further expansion into the GCC region would be consistent with our core business strategy, and over time, we estimate that the Middle East could represent up to US$300 million to US$400 million of annual development.”
International Freight Week will cover every aspect of the industry, including Road Haulage, Warehousing, Rail Freight, Air Cargo, Container & Reefer Manufacture, Ports & Shipping Management, Container Depots & Terminals, Tank Manufacture, Logistics Services, RFID Technology, Materials Handling and Security.
The show has international support from major industry bodies including The International Federation of Warehousing & Logistics Association, Universal Freight Organisation and the UAE Ship Owners Association. Among the many confirmed exhibitors are Abu Dhabi Airports Authority, Abu Dhabi Customs, Abu Dhabi Ports Company, Airlink International UAE, Dubai Logistics City, Caterpillar, GAC Logistics, Maximus Air Cargo and SSI Schaeffer International.
International Freight Week runs from 23-25 November 2008 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
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The United Arab Emirates, in a bid to secure long-term sustainable economic growth, is diversifying its focus on four key areas: Oil & Gas, Tourism, Finance & Banking and Trade & Logistics. Middle East economies could save up to US$74 billion by changing the way global logistics are managed.
The Middle East is ideally placed as a key logistics hub. Investment projects are underway to deliver efficient transport and logistics infrastructures. Recent reports suggest that the Middle East will experience significant development throughout the transport and logistics industry in the immediate term.
International Freight Week is the region’s only event covering the entire transport and logistics industry.
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