Dubai will impact transport links

Dubai Logistics City (DLC), the world’s first truly multi-modal integrated logistics platform will provide a major boost to Gulf imports through enhanced transportation links, says CEO Michael Proffitt.

Proffitt was a keynote speaker at the Gulf Logistics Forum.

He focussed on the role of Dubai’s new airport in Jebel Ali – DWC-Al Maktoum International Airport – set to be the world’s largest, in driving that growth.

DLC, a key component of Dubai World Central (DWC), the huge 140 square kilometre urban aviation project, has been instrumental in attracting over 150 of the world’s top logistics and supply-chain companies in making Dubai their regional operations hub.

“The region has seen tremendous imports and exports growth over the past decade,” Proffitt says.

“This has called for increased logistics solutions through key regional hubs like Dubai.”

“DLC offers a unique opportunity to regional and international companies to establish their regional headquarters in the fast developing supply chain community.”

“Gulf imports reached an astonishing US$ 320 billion by the end of 2007, so Dubai will be well positioned to capture a major part of this business through DLC.”

“The DLC will provide innovative opportunities for a constraint-free business environment in terms of legal, logistics, commercial and infrastructure offerings,” Proffitt says.

DLC officials will meet several regional and international players at the conference who have shown interest in DLC’s unique business proposition.

More than 275 professionals visiting the event will get a first-hand exposure to the world-beating logistics platform model.

“In close proximity to DWC-Al Maktoum International, DLC will empower Dubai in creating value for the supply chain community and the aviation sector,” explained Proffitt.

“Once completed, DLC will be the only such centre in a concentrated form to house all logistics companies and associated businesses under one roof. A multi-modal free zone environment makes the project even more attractive to global logistics companies looking for centralized solutions,” Proffitt says.

DLC will be operational by end-2008 when first cargo flights are expected to land at DWC-Al Maktoum International Airport.

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