The new facilities include a built-up area of over 320,000 sq ft of office spaces.

Dubai CommerCity (DCC), the first dedicated e-commerce free zone in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (Menasa) region, has launched 470,000 sq ft of new facilities as part of its first stage in line with its planned schedule.

Dubai CommerCity, situated in the Umm Ramool area in Dubai, is a AED3.2-billion ($871 million), 2.1 million-sq-ft project. The launch of the new phase includes a built-up area of over 320,000 sq ft of office space in the Business Cluster. It also includes 145,000 sq ft of e-commerce logistics units and multi-client warehouses in the Logistics Cluster, which will be managed and operated by Hellmann Worldwide Logistics and DHL.

Given its strategic location and the increased demand for its facilities and services, the new free zone managed to lease more than 51 per cent of the logistics warehouses to companies launching their operations in different sectors, ranging from e-commerce, logistics and information technology to fashion, jewellery and electronics.

“The launch of Dubai CommerCity aims to lead the future of e-commerce business in the region. The project has been thoroughly studied not only to provide foundational solutions, but also to stimulate and support business and prosperity at a time when the sector is going through peak growth. The e-commerce sector is key as its value is expected to reach $148.5 billion by 2022 in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia regions,” said Sheikh Ahmed bn Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (Dafza).

Dubai CommerCity’s customers will also utilise unique storage options and the pay-as-you-go payment model which are highly cost efficient and allow flexibility to scale their operations in line with demand.

 Hellmann will also provide end-to-end warehousing including services like order management systems and streamlined customs clearance processes. As part of end-to-end logistics services, Hellmann will also offer last mile delivery services, through its last mile partner DHL Express, from the warehouse directly to the consumer.