AD Ports launches ‘industry-leading’ logistics hub – KLP21

Advanced temperature-controlled facility set to expand KIZAD’s integrated logistics offer, accommodating over 100,000 pallets

What’s billed as one of the region’s most sophisticated warehousing and logistics hubs – KLP21 – will be delivered by AD Ports Group, with its first warehousing facilities set to be available within Q3 2022.

KLP21 is situated in Kizad, the group’s integrated trade and industrial zone located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The site is said to leverage the UAE’s strategic position as a gateway to Asia, Africa and the MENA region, and is also located next to the upcoming Regional Food Hub (along the main E311 cargo corridor), ensuring direct connectivity to all major markets.

Comprising four warehouses with over 80,000sqm of capacity, KLP21 will be one of the largest and most advanced temperature-controlled logistics hubs in the region. Combined, the warehouses will be able to accommodate over 100,000 pallets across a network of chambers which can be independently configured to a range of sizes and temperatures.

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The facility is tailor-made to support critical regional industries requiring cold and ambient storage, including healthcare, food and beverage, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and specialty chemicals sectors.  Among the benefits for potential customers, the facility will offer a full suite of third-party logistics (3PL) and fourth-party logistics (4PL) services, regional logistics hub operations and value-added services including re-packing, specialty packing, labelling and others.

Developed by KIZAD, the facility will have two of its four warehouses, spanning 40,000sqm, operated by AD Ports Logistics. For AD Ports Logistics, this is in addition to over 350,000sqm of logistics storage space, including its KIZAD-based 19,000sqm ultra-cold storage facility that has been the cornerstone of Abu Dhabi’s global efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Abdullah Al Hameli, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Cities & Free Zones Cluster, AD Ports Group, said: “The development of KLP21 builds upon our fully integrated offering under AD Ports Group’s Economic Cities & Free Zones portfolio. The project responds to increasing customer demand for temperature-controlled storage solutions in the emirate to support the safe and efficient distribution of climate-sensitive goods in the UAE and across the wider region.”

In July 2022, Abu Dhabi launched a new $2.72bn drive to expand its manufacturing sector to over $46bn.

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