Dubai Logistics City (DLC), set to become the world's largest supply chain community alongside Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB), the world's largest airport taking shape at Jebel Ali in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has received the highest acclaim from Europe's top logistics players.
DLC won the the SIL Award in the Best International Logistics Project category on the sidelines of Europe's largest logistics meet - Barcelona's Salón Internacional de la Logística y de la Manutención, better known as SIL.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai Aviation Corporation Dubai World Central, said, "This award is a direct result of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai - in line with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 - to create the world's first multimodal and logistics platform alongside the world's largest airport.
"Dubai is becoming an emergent logistics power and DLC's recognition by companies within the global air cargo and logistics markets is extremely high. This will help cement Dubai's status as a major logistics hub for the Middle East and beyond."
The SIL Awards recognises the best initiatives and professionals in logistics and material handling in different business fields.
DLC's presence at SIL and Air Cargo Europe 2007 in Munich, the ultimate business event for those involved in the global distribution of goods by air, reaped rich dividends in terms of recognition and support for Dubai's hub proposition.
"Our aim is to be continually recognized as a major supply chain community, meeting and exceeding global standards, and strengthening our position as the world's largest such project in a concentrated form," explained Michael Proffitt, CEO, Dubai Logistics City.
"We also recognize the major role that Europe will play in the Middle East logistics industry, having already garnered interest from suppliers, freight forwarders, shippers and airlines, proving that DLC is truly a project of global standing."
DLC received appreciation from industry leaders who were present at the two events, also commending Dubai Government's role in initiating this global project.
Abdulla Al Falasi, DWC's Marketing and Corporate Communications Director said: "The biggest feedback we received at these events was that DLC had the right business model. Similar projects, showcased at Air Cargo Europe perceived themselves as collaborating with DLC rather than as competitors.
"This recognition along with the SIL Award is a true indication of the practicality of Dubai World Central's pioneering multi-modal concept."
DLC's phase one will be operational by end of 2008.
Source: Property World Middle East