Scheduled to open in the coming months, AD Ports Group’s latest milestone project in KIZAD is set to be one of the largest and most advanced food and healthcare storage hubs in the region
As the UAE’s leading facilitator of global trade, logistics and industry, AD Ports Group is set to create another significant benchmark for the logistics industry, with the launch of KLP21, one of the largest advanced food and healthcare warehousing and logistics hubs in the region. The hub will be available to customers seeking to leverage its significant capabilities and connectivity to extensive local, regional and international markets, within the third quarter of the year.
Situated in KIZAD, AD Ports Group’s integrated industrial zone located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, KLP21 will leverage the emirate’s strategic position as a gateway to Asia, Africa and the MENA region. It is also strategically located next to the upcoming ‘Regional Food Hub’ along the main E311 cargo corridor, ensuring direct connectivity to all major destination markets.
Its location also offers KLP21’s customers proximity to five major international airports within a 90-minute driving distance, ports such as Khalifa Port, Zayed Port, and Jebel Ali Port, and Etihad Rail’s future rail link – all working together to connect customers to a combined marketplace of more than 4.5 billion consumers.
KLP21 has been strategically designed to support the vision of Abu Dhabi’s leadership to establish the emirate as a major global hub for strategic industries including food, life sciences and healthcare.
The UAE has already gained prominence for initiatives such as its National Food Strategy 2051, which aims to put the UAE at the top of the Global Food Security Index, while building international partnerships to diversify food sources, enhance nutrition and introduce legislation to cut waste.
Furthermore, the launch of KLP21 builds on Abu Dhabi’s growth as a global healthcare and life sciences hub, which has worked collaboratively with its partners to attract pharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing to its shores, backed by one of the most extensive cold and ultra-cold pharma supply chains on the market today.
In addition, the hub will also support regional and international fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and specialty chemicals sectors.
SCALABLE STORAGE CAPACITY
Two of KLP21’s four advanced warehouses will be operated by AD Ports Logistics, which already operates over 350,000 square metres of storage space, including its KIZAD-based 19,000-square-metre cold and ultra-cold storage facility, which has served as the cornerstone of Abu Dhabi’s global efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The landmark facility significantly increases AD Ports Logistics’ current cold and ambient temperature storage capacity and provides international and domestic companies with outstanding opportunities to enter or expand their presence within a region that is primed for sustained growth.
The project has been designed with the latest optimal solutions in mind, including the use of advanced insulation materials to reflect sunlight; the strategic application of skylights to reduce the need for lighting; recycling of water for irrigation; a centralised refrigeration system; and the use of primary, backup, and solar power supplies.
The high-tech hub has also been developed in-line with the latest HSEQ and ISO standards, which assures customers that their products will be handled according to the highest levels of global regulatory compliance.
across a network of chambers which can be independently configured to a range of sizes and temperatures, including -26°C to 25°C. The two warehouses operated by AD Ports Logistics span 40,000 square metres and can hold 60,000 pallets, which will be managed by an advanced high-capacity VNA mobile racking system that is capable of accommodating products of varying sizes.
BROAD SPECTRUM OF END-TO-END SERVICES
Among the many benefits available to customers at KLP21, AD Ports Logistics will offer a full suite of services, including: leasing, third-party logistics (3PL), fourth-party logistics (4PL), regional logistics hub operations, and value-added services.
The hub will also be served by a fleet of over 400 transport vehicles, operated by MICCO Logistics, and a network of logistics partners, both domestic and international.
Furthermore, one of the hub’s major advantages is that it offers accessibility to AD Ports Group’s broad portfolio of trade and logistics services, which are capable of supporting customers’ products from their point of manufacture to the point of delivery – all through a single point of entry.
Specifically, customers of KLP21 will have the opportunity to access the group’s broad portfolio of trade and logistics services, including free zone and industrial zone services, warehousing, freight forwarding and land transport, port and maritime services, air freight via AD Ports Group’s partners, and final mile deliveries.
Most importantly, the addition is timely given the recent shift in global supply chains towards more robust near-shore and on-shore sourcing of strategic goods and supplies, which KLP21 is in an excellent position to provide. The new hub will also respond to increasing customer demand for temperature-controlled storage solutions to support the safe and efficient product distribution in the UAE and across the wider region.
AD Ports Logistics is now ready to engage with potential customers to discuss how the facility can add value to, and serve, their needs.
Source: Gulf Business