Amazon has announced the opening of its largest delivery station in Abu Dhabi in time for this July’s Prime Day event.
The 4,700 sqm state-of-the-art delivery station is the country’s second-largest, offering same-day and one-day deliveries to customers throughout the city, including those in outlying areas like Al Samha, Al Shawamekh, Yas and Saadiyat Islands, Bani Yas, and Al Wathba.
The opening of the new facility follows Amazon’s announcement in November last year with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) of the opening of its most technologically advanced Fulfillment Centre in the region, which will open its doors in the capital in 2023.
Both the new Fulfillment Center and delivery station demonstrate Amazon’s commitment to advancing innovation and technology in the Emirate, which is consistent with Abu Dhabi’s innovation agenda.
“We pride ourselves on working alongside partners such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, who share our focus on innovation and providing the right resources and logistics to enable businesses and talent in Abu Dhabi to excel in the digital economy. By empowering the wider e-commerce ecosystem to get products to customers faster and more conveniently, we are ultimately improving the shopping experience for all customers,” said Ronaldo Mouchawar, Vice President of Amazon Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
“The partnership between Amazon and ADIO reflects the ease of doing business in Abu Dhabi and the long-term growth opportunities available in the emirate,” said Eng. Abdulla Abdul Aziz AlShamsi, Acting Director General of ADIO. Amazon supports our vision for sustained investment in innovation and is bringing the latest logistics technologies to the region. The opening of Amazon’s new delivery station and planned Fulfillment Centre in 2023 will establish Abu Dhabi as a major global hub for e-commerce and logistics.”
The new delivery station will employ hundreds of full- and part-time workers in a variety of jobs for people with varying levels of experience, education, background, and skills.
All employees are eligible for training programs that will upskill UAE talent in the future-facing ecommerce sector, from delivery station associates to positions in operations, health and safety, supply chain technology, and analytics. The station will also provide new opportunities for the country’s Delivery Service Partners.
The delivery station supports Abu Dhabi’s efforts to encourage innovation by utilizing Amazon’s global logistics technologies, which are based on the company’s 20+ years of operational expertise. Amazon’s new delivery station will help the company provide a dependable and convenient delivery experience for its customers by offering same-day and one-day delivery options.
Prashant Saran, Director of Operations for Amazon MENA, said: “Built within Abu Dhabi’s ecosystem of innovation, our new delivery station brings world-class last-mile technology to the logistics and supply chain sector in the capital. The range of jobs at this facility will help to nurture the city’s talent pool and prepare them for the digital future that Abu Dhabi is striding towards. Opening ahead of the upcoming Prime Day event taking place this July on Amazon.ae, the facility and its technology enable us to continue to provide a seamless delivery experience for Prime members across the country.”
The building was designed with energy efficiency as a top priority as part of Amazon’s commitment to be net-zero carbon across its business by 2040. A digital building management system controls heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, ensuring a comfortable working environment while reducing unnecessary energy consumption. Amazon’s network in the UAE now includes two Fulfillment Centers, three sort centers, eight delivery stations, and a network of Delivery Service Partners.
Amazon’s continued investment in the UAE prioritizes the safety and well-being of its employees, customers, and partners. The company has invested more than USD 15 billion in COVID-19-related measures worldwide, including the implementation of more than 150 significant process enhancements ranging from deep cleaning of facilities to processes that enable effective social distancing, among other things.