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DHL invests for Middle East expansion

[ June 24, 2014   //   ]

DHL Express is investing US$177 million in new facilities in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE over the next two years with new facilities and gateways in Saudi Arabia, a new country office in Cairo, and its biggest ground operations facility in the region in Dubai.

Nour Suliman, CEO, Middle East and North Africa, DHL Express, said: “The Middle East and North Africa and its trading links are growing in importance in the global logistics industry with strong growth projections for the next few years. Our plan is to be right at the centre of that growth to serve our customers.

In Saudi Arabia, over $95 million has been invested in new gateways at Damman, Riyadh and Jeddah and a new DHL Express Riyadh head office and gateway at King Khalid International Airport will open in September. The latter, a 4,000sq m operational facility built on a 12,000sqm site that will employ over 150 workers and for the first time allows DHL to offer an in-house customs bonded facility in Saudi Arabia, which is expected to reduce average clearance times.

Opened in 2013, DHL’s Dammam Gateway and Service Center at King Fahd International Airport has allowed the company to increase its operational capacities.

In Egypt, DHL has invested $55 million in a new country office in Cairo to serve as its country head office, gateway, service and strategic parts centre. Set to open in August 2014, the new 7,300sqm facility will be DHL’s largest gateway in North Africa and an important logistics milestone offering bonded warehousing services for storing and re-exporting goods for the first time in Egypt.

In the UAE, DHL is investing $27 million in three facilities including Meydan, Dubai which is DHL’s largest ground operations facility in the Middle East and North Africa. The new facility will increase speed of service and ensure earlier deliveries and later pick-ups.

The Dubai hub is also being revamped.

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