LOGISTICS Recruitment recently sponsored a trip to Australia for the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Logistics City, Michael Proffitt and Abdulla Ahmed Al Falasi, Marketing and Communications Director for Dubai World Central.
After establishing offices in Dubai over two years ago, Logistics Recruitment has developed strong business ties with the logistics industry in the region and organised this trip so that Mr Proffitt could present a keynote address at the Logistics & Supply Chain Conference.
At the conference there was also an opportunity to meet with key senior executives about the potential of Dubai City as a formidable hub for the international logistics arena.
Michael Proffitt said that Dubai Logistics City is one of the fastest growing logistics hubs in the world.
Dubai is a fast growing city. This is largely due to the rapidly maturing, non-oil dependent economy and a government committed to liberal, free market, business-friendly policies, according to Logistics Recruitment.
Currently the Emirate has 16% of the world's cranes working on projects worth over $100 billion - a figure equal to all foreign investment into the USA in 2005 and almost twice that of China, the world's third largest economy.
"More and more companies are starting to establish a presence in Dubai and are using the region as their logistics hub for the Middle East and Asia,” said Mr Proffitt.
“The recent growth of the region has significantly increased the amount of cargo flowing through Dubai and Jebel Ali port is now the 9th largest port in the world currently handling 7.5m TEU's pa."
Dubai Logistics City is one of the most strategically important commercial infrastructure developments ever launched in the Middle East and includes: the Dubai World Centre project, the new Dubai International Airport, a residential city, a commercial city, a golf resort and an enterprise park.
Twice the size of Hong Kong Island, Dubai World Central is 140km2, a self contained city with a workforce that will exceed 750,000 - more than the combined populations of Brussels and Zurich and will ensure the continued evolution of the Emirate's tourism, business and logistics sectors until 2050 and beyond.
"We have to make history and approach the future with steady steps, not wait for the future to come to us," said HH Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
Mr Proffitt added that a city of Dubai Logistics City's size brings with it a massive influx of employment opportunities for both local talent and expatriates.
"The international logistics and supply chain industry has a talent pool that could potentially shape the success of Dubai Logistics City. To gain international supply chain and logistics experience in Dubai could greatly benefit many careers and would undoubtedly be a life-changing experience," he said.
"Just to say that you were there when Dubai Logistics City was started would be a massive experience in anyone's career."
Logistics Recruitment, international recruitment specialists, has been working within the Dubai region to develop a strong professional candidates list as a resource for the emerging international logistics hub.
Logistics Recruitment says they have a unique ability to serve their regional and global customers through their network of international offices.
Logistics Recruitment has a pool of over 38,000 candidates worldwide and they are receiving over 400,000 hits on their website job board every month.