IKEA ME Distribution Hub

Dubai, UAE

IKEA is one of the single largest regional distribution centers located within Dubai South’s Logistics District. Dubai South has a unique multimodal platform with a highly integrated and efficient sea, road and air network, which will accommodate Dubai’s Expo 2020’s exhibition district.

The new distribution centre aims to increase IKEA’s capacity to handle 70,000 twenty-foot equivalent units per year and will enable the company to deliver fast-moving products more efficiently to stores across the GCC.

Designed as per NFPA and Dubai Civil Defense (DCD) requirements. IKEA required the building fire protection system to also comply with VDA (European Code for Fire), as a result, in-rack sprinklers have been provided even though they are not requirements under NFPA and DCD.

Project summary


Sector or building type: Build-to-suit logistics

Total sq footage: 1,200,000 ft2

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The High Flow Distribution Centre for IKEA at Dubai South is designed as a strategic hub to serve the UAE and surrounding Gulf states. In the racking areas, there are 8 levels of pallets; 7 levels with 1150mm high pallets and 1 top level with 2500mm high pallets. In the commissioning (or marshalling) areas, block-stacking will be carried out to a maximum of 3 pallets in height.

The gross internal areas includes:

  • Chamber – 1 single storey warehouse of 75,000 sq m
  • Chamber – 2 single storey warehouse of 25,000 sq m
  • 4 satellite offices included with the warehouse area
  • 3 storey office accommodation of 2,500 sq m
  • Pallet pool area – 1,400 sq m
  • Service buildings – security and driver’s room etc.

The project was constructed over a period of 11 months with a total of 1.5 million man-hours with zero incidents or accidents.

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