DHL Express to establish major logistics facility in Qatar Free Zones
January 29 2020 10:16 PM
HE Ahmad al-Sayed, along with Abdulla al-Misnad and Nour Suliman, at the signing ceremony between DH
HE Ahmad al-Sayed, along with Abdulla al-Misnad and Nour Suliman, at the signing ceremony between DHL Express and QFZA. PICTURES: Nasar K Moidheen.

*DHL will set up a world-class courier express logistics facility in Ras Bufontas Free Zone with an investment of 120 million Qatari Riyals   
*DHL and Qatar Free Zones Authority expect the facility to be operational in time to accommodate the many international express logistics requirements of the 2022 FIFA World Cup

DHL Express, the world’s largest express network, signed an agreement with Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) Wednesday to establish a QR120mn logistics facility at Ras Bufontas Free Zone.
HE the Minister of State and QFZA chairman Ahmad al-Sayed hosted a signing ceremony at Sharq Village & Spa Hotel, Doha. QFZA deputy CEO Abdulla al-Misnad and DHL Express Middle East and North Africa CEO Nour Suliman were the signatories.

The signing ceremony was followed by a tour of DHL facilities at Ras Bufontas Free Zone

The event was also attended by DHL’s deputy vice president of operations for the Mena, Bachi Spiga, who joined the tour of DHL facilities at Ras Bufontas Free Zone, adjacent to Hamad International Airport (HIA).
“We are delighted to welcome another leading company in the free zones. We are excited to partner with DHL to strengthen QFZA’s value proposition to our tenants, investors and partners, both locally and globally, and look forward to working closely with them as we enhance our logistics offering,” HE al-Sayed said in a statement.

State-of-the-art facility

The facility, according to DHL, will be a state-of-the-art operation using world-class automated sorting, ULD processing, screening systems and advanced IP based CCTV.
DHL will also add all required supportive administration in Ras Bufontas. The facility will be developed to DHL Express global specifications and TAPA Certification and will conform to all local regulatory requirements.
DHL joins more than 50 leading companies and projects that are in the process of establishing their operations in the free zones, including major international corporations such as Gaussin (France), Unistrong (China), China Harbour Engineering Company (China), WASCO (Malaysia) Inventus Power (US), Trade shift (US), Thales Group (France) and Volkswagen (Germany), representing a wide range of both geographies and sectors.


“This new facility, one of the landmark buildings in Ras Bufontas Free Zone, will offer cutting-edge logistics solutions, opening up new product areas and supporting the activities of all businesses in Qatar Free Zones (QFZ), as well as the Qatar market more broadly,” the Minister noted.
“Qatar Free Zones offer a wide range of benefits and such partnerships are a testament to our ongoing commitment to strengthening Qatar’s position as a global hub for trade,” HE al-Sayed added.
Under the agreement, DHL’s world-class courier express logistics facility at Ras Bufontas Free Zone will offer high-quality services to their customer base both in Qatar and overseas once operational.
The facility will incorporate 17 delivery bays over a plot size of more than 19,000sq m and occupy a prime logistical position directly adjacent to HIA and within Qatar Free Zones, allowing DHL free movement of personnel, customers, suppliers and shipments into and out of the facility.
According to DHL, the facility will also open up a new product offering of Break Bulk Express (BBC), which has applications across the retail, Information, Communication and Technology and eCommerce sectors. It will also offer a dedicated medical supply division storage area.
“DHL Express is committed to growth; investing in QFZ is part of our expansion plans which guarantee that we always stay on top of our market demands,” said DHL Express Mena CEO Nour Suliman in a statement.
“Qatar is on track towards becoming a logistics hub to the world, offering world class services that are in harmony with our plans for our network,” he said, adding that DHL will start operating at QFZ in the second half of this year.

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