Dubai South highlights Dubai’s readiness as e-commerce hub to meet local, regional and global supply chain demand
In line with its commitment to play a key role in the move to advance Dubai’s leadership in global trade and e-commerce, Dubai South is set to highlight the latest developments in the Middle East’s rapidly growing e-commerce sector at the upcoming e-commerce Expo in Olympia, London. During their presence at the show, Dubai South will be promoting the Logistics District and its recently launched fully dedicated e-commerce free zone, EZDubai, including its capabilities and key features. Ecommerce Expo is set to take place from September 25 to 26, 2019 and is considered the UK’s largest e-commerce event attracting more than 12,000 delegates and over 200 companies from across the country.
Recent market reports have shown rapid growth of e-commerce in the Middle East and North Africa valued to reach up to USD 24 billion by 2022, the region’s e-commerce trade have soared by 1500% for the last 10 years, with UAE leading the industry by maintaining 50% in terms of e-commerce sales. The growth is further spurred by new shopping habits and changing lifestyles coupled with easy access to mobile and smart technologies.
Dubai South’s Logistics District, which spans across 18 square kilometres, takes on a design that looks towards complimenting multi-modal infrastructure development. The logistics free zone is aimed at providing seamless connectivity and flexibility through its offer of a diverse portfolio of business solutions, strategic infrastructure and value-added services to a long list of local and international companies.
EZDubai, the 920,000 square-meter purpose-built e-commerce zone, is an AED 2.1 billion project located within Dubai South’s Logistics District is designed to provide a range of logistics facilities and business solutions through structured regulatory framework, complete ecosystem, and the dual warehouse concept.
Mohsen Ahmad, CEO, Dubai South’s Logistics District, said: “The UAE and especially Dubai is rapidly gaining its reputation as an ideal e-commerce hub strategically positioned to serve the global e-commerce market following the steady growth of online shopping in the UAE and the Middle East. Our participation at the upcoming Ecommerce Expo is in line with our goals to promote the emirate as the preferred destination for doing business, supported by world-class logistics and supply chain facilities and services solely dedicated to the needs of the rapidly growing e-commerce in the region.”
He added: “We are confident that our presence at the show will receive positive response, especially for our latest projects within the Logistics District, like EZDubai, which is being developed to complement Dubai’s world-class transport infrastructure, primarily the airport-seaport corridor, allowing cargo to be moved from port to airport within 20 minutes. We envisioned it to be a gateway and an integrated platform providing global businesses with access to free zone assets, network and connectivity to trusted providers or services to further enhance and expand the business while also keeping true to our focus of providing smart facilities and cutting-edge services to drive in enhanced improve efficiency and an improved ease-of-doing business process that is in line with Dubai’s set goals and objectives.”
Dubai South is also hosting a panel discussion on the second day of the event at the Cross-Border Theatre, featuring e-commerce leaders from the UAE such as Aramex and Sharaf DG, among others. The panel will discuss industry trends in the region and the various factors shaping the industry and Dubai’s strategic position to advance the sector at the regional and international level.