Dubai World Central (DWC) hosted the 125th corporate anniversary celebrations of Kuehne + Nagel, the first global logistics company to become fully operational at DWC in 2009.
The event was graced by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and was held at Kuehne + Nagel’s facilities at DWC.
Also present at the event were Majid Saif Al Ghurair, CEO of Al Ghurair Group of Companies, Lothar Alexander Harings, Member of the Board of Management and Chief Human Resources Officer, Kuehne + Nagel International AG, Mustafa Sener, Managing Director, Kuehne + Nagel UAE & Oman, in addition to the company’s customers and business partners.
Marking the corporate anniversary, Mohsen Ahmad, Vice President, Logistics District at DWC said: “Kuehne + Nagel began operations in Dubai in 1978, and since then the emirate has served as the gateway that has facilitated the company’s growth in the region. The company has played a definitive role within Dubai’s logistics landscape, differentiating itself by offering comprehensive and integrated logistics solutions to global customers, especially in the aerospace, pharma & healthcare, perishables and hotel sectors.”
Ahmad added: “We are particularly proud that Kuehne + Nagel’s facility at the Logistics District now serves as the principal hub that oversees the company’s Middle East and Africa operations.”
Peder Winther, President, Kuehne + Nagel Middle East & Africa, said: “Our 125th anniversary is a fitting time to thank all our stakeholders, including the Government of the UAE, for presenting us with a dynamic business environment that has facilited our expansion in the region. We are particularly proud of our partnership with Dubai World Central, which offers us a strategic location between the Al Maktoum International Airport and the Jebel Ali Seaport, equipping us to better serve our customers, optimize efficiences, as well as plan for robust growth.”
A key highlight of the celebrations was a 40-foot ‘anniversary container’ which began its around-the-world journey in January 2015 from the German port city of Bremen. The container is scheduled for stopovers in selected cities where it will be showcased. Guests at DWC had the opportunity to look inside the containers, which featured four multimedia stations, each displaying information about the history, service portfolio, innovations and career options at the Kuehne + Nagel Group.
Kuehne + Nagel operates across 20 countries, employs more than 2,500 specialists, and has more than 230,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space in the Middle East and Africa region.
The Logistics District at DWC is a 21 sq. km. district designed to be an enabler of fast-cycle businesses, and of value-added services such as light manufacturing and assembly. As a true multimodal hub, the Logistics District integrates Dubai’s sea, land and air transport systems, actively promoting the emirate’s reputation as a key global logistics centre. The district – which is also an economic free zone – caters to local, regional and international companies, from SMEs to MNCs, including contract logistics, third party logistics providers, integrators, freight forwarders agents and traders.