Q How does Dubai World Central (DWC) fit with Dubai’s and the UAE’s economic development strategy?
A DWC is designed to be one of the major backbones to support Dubai’s aviation, tourism, commercial and logistics requirements until 2050. Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB), part of DWC, will be able to handle anywhere between 120 million and150 million passengers and more than 12 million tonnes of cargo annually. DWC is within three to four hours flying time of some two billion people throughout the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, Africa and the Commonwealth of Independent States, allowing this development to become the region’s premier logistics and transport hub. The project is backed by the Government of Dubai and is chaired by his highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman, Dubai World Central – Dubai Aviation Corporation, Government of Dubai.
DWC’s estimated infrastructure cost is $33bn, which places the UAE on the world map when it comes to aviation development and expansion strategies. With Dubai already becoming a hub for companies with regional operations, this benefits the regional economy downstream. With the supply chain getting longer as manufacturing moves more and more to the Far East, Dubai’s unique location will attract more manufacturers and distributors to set up shop in the region. The region itself is on a major growth curve, which will see double-digit population growth over the next ten years. The UAE’s economy will gain the major part of this benefit.
Q How do the different components of DWC – Dubai Logistics City, Aviation City, Jebel Ali Port, Residential City, the Golf Resort and the international airport – fit together?
A DWC will be the world’s first truly integrated multi-modal logistics platform in a single-bonded free zone environment made up of Dubai Logistics City (DLC), JXB, Aviation City and Jebel Ali Port. Commercial City will be DWC’s business and finance hub and is expected to employ 130,000 people. Residential City will be home to more than 250,000 people, while the Golf Resort will feature two 18-hole golf courses and up to 5000 freehold homes.
The main activity of Dubai World Central is aviation and logistics. But to cater to the capacity of the airport and its size, suitable residences, commercial areas, places of leisure and hospitality are a must. There will be nearly a million people living and working within DWC and its mini-cities.
Q How does DWC fit with existing provision at Jebel Ali and its free zone?
A Alongside Jebel Ali, DWC will be the world’s first truly integrated multi-modal logistics platform in a single-bonded free zone environment. JAFZA, as its known, has a broad scope of industries and businesses operating but DWC, through DLC, will have the world’s largest supply chain community in a concentrated form.
JAFZA and the port are linked to DWC though a single customs-bonded bridge which will reduce sea-air transportation to a lead time of up to three to four hours.
Q DWC appears to be positioning itself to be the region’s as well as the UAE’s logistics hub. Is this correct and what unique or differentiating factors will enable DWC and Dubai to become the region’s logistics hub?
A DWC sets Dubai apart from other logistics hubs in the region by being a fully integrated multi-modal logistics platform. DWC will also be the region’s premier centre of excellence for technology manufacturing and science and technology education, built upon the latest ‘smart’ technology making it the most advanced development of its type
in the world.
Dubai serves as one of the world’s major centres of sea-air interchange and is the pivot for cargo movements in the region. All major markets in the GCC are within 24 hours driving and all major ports in the area are within 48 hours steaming distance.
DLC, spread over 25 square kilometres, will have a dedicated logistics community that will to cater to all elements of the supply chain.