At present e-commerce is a growing vertical for the air cargo industry worldwide and Emirates SkyCargo is working with stakeholders across the supply chain to identify the best methods to add value to the e-commerce business. Accordingly, responding to the burgeoning demand Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has signed an MoU with ‘Dubai CommerCity’- the first free zone dedicated to e-commerce in the Middle East and North Africa region located in Dubai. The MoU was signed in the presence of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Emirates airline and Group, by Mr Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo and Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General – Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA). Emirates SkyCargo will work with Dubai CommerCity to develop new solutions for the global e-commerce sector.
Commenting on the focus on e-commerce Mr Nabil Sultan shared, “Every day Emirates SkyCargo transports a large volume of e-commerce shipments as part of our mail or general cargo offerings. We are progressing to the next step where we cooperate more closely with e-retailers with the ultimate aim of getting products to customers even more quickly and cost effectively.” He also maintained that Dubai CommerCity, with its focus on e-commerce, can be an ideal platform for Emirates SkyCargo to develop and roll out new solutions as well as technology that can be used to improve the speed, efficiency and safety of e-commerce shipments.
“We are delighted to partner with Emirates SkyCargo, one of the world’s largest air cargo carriers, and we are confident that it will be a major boost to our strategic goals of making Dubai CommerCity a unified platform for government, administrative and customs services and logistics to help meet the needs of the e-commerce sector, in line with the Dubai government’s efforts towards achieving comprehensive and sustainable development and provide an exceptional experience for its investors,” added Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni.
It is expected that the cooperation between Emirates SkyCargo and Dubai CommerCity will enable DAFZA to strengthen Dubai’s position as a global hub for e-commerce operations and provide a value-added logistics experience, which in turn, can drive the growth of both parties. Dubai CommerCity is considered to be a pioneering and influential leading city in solidifying e-commerce in the UAE and the region, which adopts a non-traditional approach to formulating and offering complementary services directly related to the development of its business which will be announced in the near future.
According to the Emirates sources, SkyCargo offers cargo capacity on both passenger and freighter aircraft across its global network of over 155 destinations across six continents. The air cargo carrier operates a modern, all wide-body fleet of over 260 aircraft including 14 freighters- 13 Boeing 777-Fs and one B747-400ERF- from its hub in Dubai. This unique combination of a strategically located hub along with Emirates SkyCargo’s network, frequency and cargo capacity allows it to create a number of product offerings for e-commerce businesses.