FedEx spends US$350 million on new Dubai hub

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by Emily Atkins

FedEx Express (FedEx) is expanding its footprint in the Middle East with its new Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa (MEISA) hub at Dubai World Central (DWC) Airport in Dubai South.

The launch of the hub marks a long-term investment of more than US$350 million through infrastructure and technological advancements in the facility.

Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, said the FedEx MEISA hub in Dubai South is a strategic milestone for Dubai’s aviation and logistics sectors. “As we continue to strengthen Dubai’s position as a leading business hub, this new facility underscores our commitment to supporting the growth of trade and commerce, aligning perfectly with our vision for economic diversification and innovation-led development,” he noted.

The new hub in the UAE boosts the company’s presence and capabilities in the MEISA region. “Given the UAE’s current status among the top five countries in global re-export operations, our regional hub not only aims to serve the MEISA region, which accounts for approximately 45 percent of the world’s population, but is also a crucial part of our global air network that connects 220 countries and territories,” said Richard Smith, FedEx Express president and CEO, airline and international.

The 57,000 square-metre facility incorporates automated sortation systems and has two automated high-speed x-ray machines equipped with artificial intelligence, to scan goods and enhance security. Additionally, a 170 square metre cold storage area serves a wide range of temperature-sensitive shipments.

The facility adheres to Dubai Municipality Green Standards, with a solar power project, and a building management system that helps ensure efficient energy use. In addition, FedEx is using an electric ground service fleet, along with electric charging stations for pick-up, delivery, and employee vehicles.

Situated in DWC, at the heart of Dubai South, the hub forms an integral component of the region’s aviation and logistics ecosystem.