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Autumn 2014

The Centre is to employ 230 and is scheduled for completion in September 2015.

Dubai World Central has welcomed IKEA Group’s regional distribution centre into its Logistics District.

“It is only fitting that a venture of such significance and proportion happens in DWC,” said Rashid Bu’qaraa, chief operating officer of Dubai World Central. “We are more than a gateway to the MENASA region – we are a gateway to the world.

“Being selected as the future logistics platform for global companies such as IKEA and partnering with experienced developers such as GRDI is how we plan to step into the future.”

Scheduled for completion in September 2015, the centre will initially employ 230 people and have the capacity to handle 50,000 twenty-foot equivalent containers (TEUs) per year, increasing to 70,000 TEUs per year within three years.

The first of its kind at DWC, this build-to-suit facility is being developed through a joint venture between DWC and Gulf Resources Development & Investment (GRDI), a real estate development and investment company that provides property solutions for global firms in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Jim Osborne, chief operating officer, GRDI, “Our active involvement in building one of the largest distribution centres in Dubai fully demonstrates our strength in developing such large-scale ventures. All initial planning has been completed.”

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