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05 Mar 2018
Milaha Inaugurates Phase 1 of Logistics City for Cold Chain Solutions in Qatar
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"Milaha, a Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate, has inaugurated Phase 1 of the 400,000 sqm Milaha Logistics City, with a 35,000 sqm warehousing facility dedicated to temperature-controlled cargo. The new facility marks Milaha’s entry into cold chain solutions, and will cater to the food industry, pharmaceuticals, and other fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). The facility is divided into a frozen storage area, a chilled storage area, and a temperature-controlled storage area, ranging from -22° to +22° Celsius. The facility uses state-of- the-art and environmentally friendly technology, which earned it a sustainability award at the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD) summit recently held in Qatar. The new facility is also one of the highest in Qatar with 22 meters which allows more storage per sqm than many existing facilities in Qatar. Milaha’s President and CEO Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said: “Milaha Logistics City is a significant investment on our part in Qatar’s supply chain infrastructure and, in particular, cold chain capabilities, and we expect it to be a key enabler for logistics growth in Qatar. We want to give our clients more sophisticated options to access the local market. This new service offering will further strengthen Qatar’s position as a leading maritime and logistics hub as well as our own position as a national and regional supply chain partner.” For his part, Milaha’s VP-Logistics Mr. Mazen Kloub said: “We are already seeing a tremendous response to the new facility, which is ideally located on the orbital road with close proximity to Qatar’s main airport and commercial seaport, and offers quick, easy access to Doha and beyond. We look forward to working with our clients and partners to help them seize the opportunities that this facility will enable.” The 35,000 sqm warehousing facility is the initial phase of a larger development which also includes other specialized warehousing options that aimed at providing Milaha’s clients with advanced supply chain solutions. The construction of the project was managed by Milaha’s real estate arm, Milaha Capital, which ensured that the development adopted and complied with the highest international standards in safety, security, and technology. Milaha has announced the launch of in-country operations in Oman. Milaha is initially setting up warehousing and 3PL services within the Sohar Free Zone, while it continues to explore further expansion in Oman of its diverse portfolio of services. The announcement comes on top of the company also shifting its regional transshipment hub to the Port of Sohar, where Milaha is offering competitive transit time for local cargo and a high frequency of Oman to Qatar sailings. Milaha currently calls 2 ports in Oman (Sohar and Salalah) and 3 ports in India (Nhava Sheva, Mundra, and Kandla), offering enhanced connectivity and transit times to Qatar and the region, and is actively evaluating further expansion of services. Milaha’s logistics setup in Oman will provide excellent opportunities for local, regional, and international importers and exporters, and will increase options to access the lucrative Qatari market. Milaha’s President and CEO Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said: “We are pleased to be setting up in Oman as we seek to strengthen our position as a leading international provider of marine transport and logistics services. We are excited about the opportunities this will bring for our partners and ourselves, especially as we add new value-add services such as distribution and LCL, among others, over the next few weeks. We will aim, as always, to provide the most cost-effective and efficient solutions to our clients.” "
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