Dubai has the advantage of being the perfect location between the East and the West. That, combined with world-class infrastructure, and free trade policies, has made it a hub for logistics and trade. The post covid times have seen a surge in demand for warehouses. Warehousing costs in Dubai rose by 7.7% in a years time to June 2022 and are expected to grow at a rate of 8.4% till 2026. It has now become one of the most premium warehousing markets in the world.
There are different types of warehouses for various storage purposes available in the Al Quoz region. Most businesses look here for their warehousing requirements.
General Cargo/ Free Storage
General cargo includes all goods, excluding liquid freight or bulk load. These are the goods that can be transported as a whole.
This storage is available in climate-controlled environments as well as open yards.
Both Free Zones as well the mainland have warehouses for general cargo storage.
You can rent storage areas of various sizes from 50 sq ft up to 10,000 sq. ft. Most rental leases are on a yearly basis. But if you choose Cargoz partner warehousing, you can avail of storage spaces on a weekly, monthly, or annual contract. You can book a minimum of 3 pallets or 5 CBMs up to any size or quantity.
Prices depend on your space requirement and how long. The rate for storage space is different for warehouses in the free zones and the mainland.
AC/NON AC WAREHOUSE
The temperature-controlled environment is essential for storing many goods like food, medicines, furniture, electronics, etc., in a hot region like the UAE.
In an A/C warehouse, goods are stored in an air-conditioned facility that is maintained at a control between 22–27 degrees Celsius to retain a longer shelf life.
The A/C Warehouses are available in sizes ranging from 50 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft. You can also get storage spaces for a minimum of 3 pallets or 5 CBMs up to any size or quantity.
Prices of warehouse space vary depending on how long is your requirement, size, and your preferred location. Opting for partner warehousing in Dubai gives you multiple options for warehouses of various sizes and your required time frame.
Free zone warehouse
A free zone warehouse gives a storage facility the advantage of being tax-free.
These warehouses are perfect for General Cargo, Food Products, Dangerous Goods (DG) cargo, tyres, chemicals, etc.
If you opt for partner warehousing with Cargoz, you get the flexibility of a weekly, monthly, or yearly contract. They are available in multiple sizes, a minimum of 100 sq ft up to 10,000 sq ft. You can book a minimum of 5 pallets or 10 CBMs to any size or quantity.
Prices depend upon the size of the chosen warehouse, location, and required time frame. So the benefit of having flexible options on the budget is huge.
Free Zone warehouses and storage are available in Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), Al Hamriyah Free zone, and Sharjah International Airport Free Zone (SAIF Zone).
FOOD GRADE WAREHOUSE
A food-grade warehouse is a storage space storing different food products. These warehouses have a hygienically maintained environment, adhering to all safety protocols as laid down by the municipality.
These warehouses are available in various grades in both the free zone and mainland in the UAE.
When you select an open yard, it is essential to confirm the safety protocols of these storage spaces as you would be storing your goods outside.
Open yards usually deal with heavy goods, so it is better to select one that is located such that you can commute conveniently.
You can have open yards, closed yards, open sheds, and container storage facilities in the Freezone and mainland areas
These warehouses are also available in JAFZA South or JAFZA North, DIP, DIC & AI Quoz.
As An SME, your space requirement could be less. Cargoz allows you to subscribe for storage as a service for a minimum of 10 sq ft up to 1000 sq ft with no fixed time frame for lease. You can opt for a weekly, monthly, or yearly contract.
Being able to avail what you need, and only for how long you need, significantly impacts the budget.
The cold storage temperature ranges from -20 degrees to +22 degrees. Freezer chambers can be monitored and mapped hourly, giving better control over specified temperatures and humidity.
The rates for these warehouses depend upon the chosen temperature, volume, and duration of storage. Select any add-on services like cargo distribution, dry storage, or freezer. You will have to pay additional charges.
Most of these warehouses have experienced staff and equipment for handling the goods.
Many warehouses in and around Dubai offer cold storage facilities.
The chemical goods warehouses are those dealing with dangerous goods storage. These warehouses must adhere to the Dubai Municipality Code of Practice for Management of Dangerous Goods. They are also required to keep themselves updated on any rule changes by the UAE government.
The warehouses are temperature controlled as required for storing these goods. The staff handling these goods must be well-trained in chemical handling and storage.
Medical storage warehouses are usually temperature controlled between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius, with less than 60% humidity. They must also adhere to many protocols to ensure medical commodities' safety. Medical storage warehouses are located far from residential areas.
Warehouses for medical storage provide separate storage spaces for chemicals, Radioactive materials, Narcotic drugs, etc.
Additional precautionary measures are also taken to dispose of hazardous medical wastes like Expired or rejected medicines etc..
If you choose to obtain warehousing through Cargoz, you needn't worry about most clauses that come with traditional leasing. You also do not have to pay for more storage space than you require. Cargoz lets you pay for your requirement, be it size or time - a weekly, monthly, or yearly contract. Expand your storage space when required and then pay on the actuals. You can learn about the different aspects to be considered when selecting a warehouse in Dubai.