Small companies set to benefit most from airport's Freezone Logistics Centre

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 January, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 January, 1999, 12:00am

A 9,000-square-metre Freezone Logistics Centre (FLC) is under construction at the newly established Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZ).

The FLC, which will offer full air-cargo terminal facilities to all companies established in the zone, is the first facility to be built, owned and operated by Dnata Cargo, operator of the Dubai Air Cargo Terminal.

Dnata's senior general manager cargo, Jean-Pierre de Pauw, said: 'The FLC has been designed to complement the excellent Dubai Airport Free Zone facilities provided by the Department of Civil Aviation.' The DAFZ is an integral part of the US$540 million Dubai International Airport expansion programme, and aims to consolidate Dubai's status as a regional hub.

It covers an area of two million sq m, comprising apron space, office space, pre-built units and light-industrial units for rent, public facilities such as banks, restaurants, and shopping, a freight-handling operation and ample land for development.

The FLC is due to become operational this month in conjunction with the official opening of the DAFZ.

The facility, to be built on a 26,000 sq m site, also will link with airlines and the Dubai Cargo Village. It is the largest single plot taken in the DAFZ by one customer.

The facility, which will be able to handle 25 trucks simultaneously, will have landscaped gardens, and employee and visitor car parks.

The FLC has been designated the DAFZ's community services provider, offering companies in the DAFZ a conduit for cargo between the aircraft and their storage areas.

The facility also will provide a link to other terminals such as the Air Cargo Terminal and the Emirates Cargo Centre.

About 350 sq m in the FLC will be used for specialised storage facilities, including cooler, freezer, vulnerable and valuable storage rooms. Another 3,000 sq m will be equipped for general-cargo storage and handling.

The FLC also will offer a 5,000 sq m free-zone storage and distribution centre, providing a range of third-party logistics services such as storage by part, assembly, order-picking, packing, distribution and inventory control.

The facility also will make available to customers smaller storage areas, ranging from a space on a shelf to about 200 sq m of floor space.

This service, set up in conjunction with the DAFZ authorities, is intended to provide facilities for customers whose storage requirements are too small to justify the construction of their own building, or the lease of a DAFZ pre-built warehouse unit, starting at 350 sq m.

The FLC is expected to open the door for small companies to do business in the DAFZ without having to invest capital up-front and commit themselves to a lease until operations become big enough to justify a dedicated facility.