DHL Express ME evolves into dual hub

Parallel to Bahrain, the Deutsche Post subsidiary DHL wants to utilise Dubai as a hub for express shipments and general cargo in the Middle East. With a dual hub system the often asked “million-dollar question” regarding future operations in the Middle East now is being disclosed, Dave Spargo, DHL’s regional head, told Payload Asia. The […]


Parallel to Bahrain, the Deutsche Post subsidiary DHL wants to utilise Dubai as a hub for express shipments and general cargo in the Middle East. With a dual hub system the often asked “million-dollar question” regarding future operations in the Middle East now is being disclosed, Dave Spargo, DHL’s regional head, told Payload Asia.

The logistics company has been using Bahrain as a central operational site in the Gulf region for 30 years now. The airport there is geographically well positioned with direct access to the neighboring markets in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Levant (the region in the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea, particularly Lebanon and Syria, but also for Greece, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt), as well as in the United Arab Emirates, the manager pointed out. In addition, the integrator’s regional cargo fleet is stationed there. “We are not going to abandon this site since it offers us many advantages,” Spargo emphasized.

Consequently, DHL will not shift capacity from Bahrain to Dubai. “We will remain committed to using Bahrain as a regional hub, while also boosting expansion of Dubai and using Jebel Ali Airport as an air freight centre for both general cargo and express shipments,” said Spargo.