SDV-UAE to strengthen regional presence with newly opened DAFZA base

15 April 2015

The Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA) has announced the opening of a new corporate and warehousing facility owned by SDV-UAE LLC, one of the largest transport and logistics providers in the region. The launch forms part of SDV's strategy of capitalizing on the strategic location and logistics-friendly capabilities of the free zone and Dubai in general to further broaden its local and regional presence.


DAFZA is considered one of the Middle East's most preferred business and commercial hubs, with logistics and freight companies – including industry leaders TNT, FedEx, and DHL – accounting for the fourth largest represented sector in the free zone. SDV's new facility will leverage DAFZA's advanced logistics infrastructure and services to consistently meet the stringent demands of customers in the aerospace, luxury, cosmetics and telecommunications industry.


In a plot size of 5,000 sqm, the multi-function SDV-UAE building includes an office at 750 sqm and a 2,220 sqm warehouse, with controlled temperature and humidity. The warehouse features biometric access, 24-hour onsite security, CCTV surveillance, Two (2) 6m x 5m Fast Action Loading Doors, and storage systems that can be tailored to meet specific customer needs.


Amna Lootah, Assistant Director General, Finance and Commercial at DAFZA, said: "SDV-UAE is an excellent addition to DAFZA's high-profile group of multinational corporations specialized in freight forwarding and logistics. Its presence reflects the status of the free zone and Dubai as a preferred destination for setting up and expanding transport and logistics operations targeting the dynamic Middle Eastern markets. We look forward to benefitting from the expertise and the local and global connections of SDV as well."

SDV-UAE LLC was launched in 2008 as a joint venture between prominent regional players, dnata Cargo and Kanoo Group and the France-based global logistics leader SDV International Logistics, a subsidiary of Bolloré Group. Bolloré Group ranks among the world's top 10 transport and logistics solutions providers with 600 offices in 102 countries. SDV-UAE benefits from the vast local expertise of dnata and Kanoo and the worldwide network of SDV offices.


DAFZA complements the logistics capabilities of the nearby Dubai International Airport Cargo Gateway, one of the most technologically advanced cargo handling facilities in the world. The freezone offers an ideal transport and logistics base with its advanced infrastructure; strategic location in Dubai, the Middle East's commercial hub; with 1,600 hosted companies representing various sectors ranging from aviation and telecommunications to pharmaceuticals and food & beverages.