MIDDLE EAST Supplement~ The hub everyone would have built…­ if they could

Speaking at the Air Freight Asia conference, Michael Proffi tt, CEO of Dubai Logistics City highlights the importance of having the right infrastructure to copewith air freight growth. “In the current environment, it is very diffi cult to see how there can be many bust scenarios,” he opened. “With expansion in China, India and the […]


Speaking at the Air Freight Asia conference, Michael Proffi tt, CEO of Dubai Logistics City highlights the importance of having the right infrastructure to copewith air freight growth.

“In the current environment, it is very diffi cult to see how there can be many bust scenarios,” he opened. “With expansion in China, India and the Middle East, the whole air freight industry is going through a period of growth. But the key question is do we have the right infrastructure to cope with that growth?”

Not surprisingly, Proffi tt was quick to point to Dubai as the perfect of example of how infrastructure could be used to anticipate and enhance growth. As recently as 1990 it had been a relatively small airport, but it had taken a visionary approach and made heavy investmentsin infrastructure, he said.

“We believe that there is a clear role for a major hub in the Middle East – a Hong Kong- or Singapore-type hub,” he told delegates, predicting that by 2015, Dubai would be handling over 4 million tonnes of air cargo, three million tonnes of it on the national carrier, Emirates.

To meet that need, Dubai had accelerated plans for a new airport, Dubai World Central, and in Dubai Logistics City (DLC), the freight part of that project, was now in the process of creating an integrated logistics hub, bringing together air freight, road freight, sea freight andpossibly in the future rail freight.