Gallega Global Logistics, a UAE-based third-party logistics company, has opened a 325,000 square metre facility in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) to meet the growing regional demand for automotive supply-chain services.
The facility was inaugurated at a ceremony attended by senior representatives from Abu Dhabi Ports and KIZAD, as well as senior representatives of other industries in the UAE. Gallega’s leased facility in KIZAD coincides with an increased presence of both logistics and automotive in the industrial zone where several leading industry players operate.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, the CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “KIZAD is rapidly expanding as more and more companies see the value of having a presence here, especially in the fields of logistics, manufacturing and trading enterprises. Since its inception, KIZAD has already attracted a wide arrange of industries, including aluminium, packaging, food processing, polymers, and, of course, automotive.”
Speaking on the occasion, Ghassan Aboud, Chairman of the Ghassan Aboud Group said, “The UAE has been very dear to our hearts. We started our business here 25 years ago and have grown from a small auto trading business to a large multi-business group”. He further added, “Gallega will be a partner to KIZAD and Abu Dhabi Ports attracting more businesses who will benefit from our strategic location. Large manufacturing projects will increase the need for logistics and other services in the coming years.”
Gallega’s facility at the zone offers finished vehicle logistics, general warehousing, automobile workshop, customs clearance and transportation services, geared primarily towards regional distributors, dealers and global original equipment manufacturers (OEM). In addition to its operation in KIZAD, Gallega has hubs in Belgium and Jordan.
Shirish Deshpande, Chief Executive Officer of Gallega, said: “Gallega’s new facility provides us with the ability to deliver outstanding levels of service to our customers in the region. Our comprehensive range of services, backed by experience and infrastructure, will exceed customer expectations. Our ambition is to become a key player in the regional logistics landscape and our presence in KIZAD is very strategic to our growth plans.”
Part of the Ghassan Aboud Group, a conglomerate founded in 1994, the Gallega operations have been serving the Group’s operating companies with integrated logistics solutions and supply chain engineering for more than two decades. Gallega manages vehicle yards, spare parts warehouse, shipping, customs documentation and related logistics and ships products to more than 100 countries.
The company also offers end-to-end supply chain solutions for global customers in air, sea and land freight forwarding, land transportation to GCC and the Levant, as well as customs bonded warehousing and customs and VAT documentation.