Khaled Salmeen with Bassel El Dabbagh
Agility starts operations at giant UAE facility
Abu Dhabi, May 25, 2014
Agility, a leading global logistics provider, said it has begun operations at its new 11,133 sq m warehouse unit in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).
This is the largest warehouse space leased to date in the industrial zone, said senior officials of Agility at the launch of the first phase of Kizad Logistics Park (KLP).
This transaction represents Abu Dhabi’s largest private sector warehouse leasing deal and one of the largest ever seen in the region, they added.
Agility’s facility in Kizad Logistics Park (KLP) covers almost 1/4 of phase one’s total area of 46,453 sq m. Phase one is the first out of three phases scheduled for construction in KLP, creating a total of 118,965 sq m of prime logistics warehouse space when completed.
The construction contract for the second phase has already been awarded and is due for completion in the first quarter next year. Once all phases are completed, KLP will strengthen Kizad’s position as a major regional logistics and warehousing centre, supporting the already thriving Khalifa Port.
By taking over the largest warehouse space leased to date in Kizad, Agility is further expanding its capacities in the UAE, and specifically, in Abu Dhabi.
Kizad CEO Khaled Salmeen said Abu Dhabi’s economic upswing in the non-oil sector is a clear indicator that the diversification plans of the emirate’s economy are coming to fruition - in line with Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030.
"Kizad plays a pivotal role in this development which will continue and significantly transform our economic landscape," stated Salmeen.
“We are very pleased to welcome Agility to Kizad and to our logistics park, which provides world-class warehouse units designed to meet the specific needs of our tenants, and supported by the integrated intermodal transportation network, connecting sea, road, air, and soon rail, offering excellent regional and global market access,” he added.
Agility Abu Dhabi CEO Bassel El Dabbagh said there were numerous reasons for selecting KLP for its operations. "Besides the exceptional quality of the units – clearly the best you will find for lease in the UAE - the strategic location of KLP mid-way between Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain was another major factor," he noted.
"We are also working closely with the Abu Dhabi Terminals Company (ADT), the container terminal operator at Khalifa Port, so that as a third party logistics operator, our clients’ goods can come in and out of the country quickly, efficiently and cost effectively," he added.
Apart from Kizad, Agility operates from four other locations in the UAE - Dubai Investment Park (DIP), Jebel Ali, Al Quoz, and Musaffah. A major part of Agility’s business in the UAE supports the oil and gas industry with its full array of supply chain solutions and customized capabilities.-TradeArabia News Service