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Dubai Wholesale City

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Dubai Wholesale City Overview

Dubai Wholesale City, the largest global wholesale hub, was launched in March 2016.

It will cover an area of 550 million sq ft on land adjacent to Dubai South and Al Maktoum International Airport, and is expected to cost Dh30 billion over ten years.

The new development aims to increase the UAE’s share of the global wholesale trade sector which is expected to grow to $4.9 trillion by 2021.

Wholesale City will comprise specialised integrated trading parks under one roof and an international trade exhibition facility.

Given its proximity to Al Maktoum International Airport, and the Jebel Ali Port, the development will create a crucial link between four main continents and aims to be home to more than 15,000 wholesale traders.

Dubai Wholesale City will also feature ‘Country Pavilions,’ that will include commercial centres and malls offering products from various different countries, including India, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, Australia, China, South Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United States and South America.

The City will start by servicing strategic sectors and will include specialised boulevards for food, construction materials, electrical appliances, electronics, furniture and decor, machinery, equipment, wood, vehicles and spare parts, and textiles and clothing.

It will also activate the world’s largest e-commerce platform for wholesale trade in the region, aiming to enhance the UAE’s capabilities in the global e-commerce space that is set to grow from $1.672 trillion to $2.941 trillion by 2018.

The international trade exhibition facility will provide wholesale traders with state-of-the-art infrastructure, roads, warehousing, storage facilities and support services, while the international business-to-business exhibition facility will link buyers with suppliers from around the world.

Dubai Wholesale City complements other ‘integrated destinations’ in Dubai such as Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City that collectively host more than 5,200 companies and over 67,000 professionals.

The new city will also benefit from Dubai’s advanced logistics services and its distinctive location ten minutes away from Al Maktoum International Airport and the Jebel Ali Port, two major gateways for global cargo and shipping industries.

While boosting the wholesale trade sector, the new city is expected to create jobs in other sectors linked to trade such as logistics, financial services, aviation, hospitality, and business tourism.

Dubai Wholesale City Milestones
Date Launched
March 2016
Proximity to landmarks
Dubai Mall
44 mins drive
The Walk JBR
37 mins drive
Mall of the Emirates
39 mins drive
Palm Jumeirah
36 mins drive
Burj Al Arab
41 mins drive
Dubai International Airport
1 hour 2 mins drive
La Mer
52 mins drive
Al Maktoum International Airport
24 mins drive
Ibn Battuta Mall
32 mins drive

Construction Updates

In  November 2016, Dubai Wholesale City announced the beginning of excavation works at the project after awarding the enabling works contract to Port Saeed Transport and Building Contracting Company.

In July 2017 a Dh5.5b ($1.5 billion) Dubai Food Park project was launched.

In February 2018 Dubai Wholesale City announced that Jaleel Holdings, the UAE’s largest fast moving consumer goods wholesaler, would construct a cash and carry facility with an investment value of Dh100 million ($27 million).

Spanning an area of 300,000 square feet, the premises will include a fully integrated direct sale warehouse accommodating more than 250 employees, as well as a flagship store, and storage and cooling facilities.

In March 2018 Dubai Wholesale City agreed to set up a Dh300 million ($81 million) central logistics hub with LuLu Group International, the Middle Eastern retailer, at the zone’s integrated wholesale hub.

The facility will provide distribution services to supply LuLu Group International’s growing network of malls and hypermarkets across Dubai, Sharjah, and Northern Emirates.

Covering an area of 1.3 million square feet, the central logistics hub is expected to be completed by September 2020.

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