Increasing its storage capacity in the UAE by 70%, tech giant Amazon is bolstering its presence there by constructing a new fulfilment centre in Dubai.
The company said in a statement that the facility in Dubai South’s Logistics Zone will allow it to fulfil rising client demand and enable businesses to serve their customers more quickly and effectively.
Three fulfilment centres, three sorting facilities, eight delivery stations, and a network of small and medium-sized companies that serve as delivery partners now make up Amazon’s network of operations in the UAE.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Amazon anticipates a rise in consumer demand. Also, the corporation recently declared its intention to host goods from 100,000 companies by 2026, including local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMBs).
According to Prashant Saran, Director of Operations for Amazon MENA, “with the establishment of this facility, we are set up to offer even more products to more customers throughout the hectic period of Ramadan.”
The complex will comprise three kilometres of conveyance equipment, stretched across five storeys and covering an area of more than 350,000 square feet.
According to the announcement, “the additional capacity will give entrepreneurs and [SMBs] access to Amazon’s fulfilment capabilities and world-class logistics knowledge, supporting Dubai and the UAE’s goal for a digital economy.”
Small businesses can store, pick, pack, and ship client purchases using the company’s “Fulfilled by Amazon” service.
Meanwhile, Amazon will be shutting down its go-to camera reviews website “DPReview” in the near future after nearly 25 years of operation.
“The site will remain active until April 10, and the editorial team is still working on reviews and looking forward to delivering some of our best-ever content,” said Scott Everett, General Manager of DPReview.com.
The company stated that “the decision is part of the annual operating plan review that our parent company shared earlier this year”.
DPReview was founded in 1998 in England and was purchased by Amazon in 2007, who relocated the team to the US in 2010 to be closer to its headquarters.
The move comes amid the company stopping the sale of its magazine and newspaper subscriptions through Kindle Newsstand. It will also stop delivering current Kindle Newsstand subscriptions in September 2023.