December 18, 2019: DHL Express broke ground at Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone Authority (ADAFZ) for the construction of a new express logistics hub in partnership with Abu Dhabi-based holding company Middle East General Enterprises (MGE).

As reported by Khaleej Times, DHL Express will serve as a key client within ADAFZ's express integrator cluster, and in close collaboration with MGE, invest up to Dh365 million in the new facility. The DHL expansion will cover 30,000 square metres and aims to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2021.

ADAFZ, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Airports, has signed a 27-year Musataha Agreement with MGE.

The move is in line with the Abu Dhabi strategic logistics plan to providing world-class infrastructure to enable express cargo companies to expand their operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), and increase their transportation and cargo volumes.

Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said, "The signing of this agreement is a testament to Abu Dhabi's position as an international gateway for trade and commerce throughout the Middle East, as well as the long-standing relationship between Abu Dhabi Airports and DHL."

"AUH is not only a growing regional hub for business and leisure travellers, but includes cutting-edge cargo and logistics infrastructure designed to facilitate express and e-commerce. We are delighted to be working with DHL as we continue to enhance Abu Dhabi's position as an international transport and logistics centre, in line with our mission of becoming the world's leading airports group," said Bryan Thompson, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports.

Nour Suliman, CEO of DHL Express MENA, said, "The collaboration reiterates DHL's strategic mission to strengthen our facilities and key positions across the UAE and the wider Middle East region. In line with our long-term objectives, the new facility at AUH is our latest investment to support global trade to and from the capital of the UAE. We are confident that the new facility will meet the increasing demand for a faster and more efficient operational process."

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