Emirates Airlines opened a new, dedicated purpose-built cold storage facility for pharmaceutical goods at Dubai International Airport on Sunday, September 18. The facility spreads 4,000 square metre and is a part of a broader, 11,000 square metre extension of Emirates SkyCentral, a project worth Dh600 million. It is dedicated entirely to the timely and safe transport of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical shipments at Dubai International Airport. SkyPharma’s features also include temperature controlled zones (two to eight degree Celsius and 15- 25 degree Celsius), 88 temperature-controlled individual positions in the automated ULD (aircraft pallet) handling system, and five temperature-controlled acceptance and delivery truck docks; Emirates stated in a press release.
SkyPharma was jointly inaugurated by Emirates Group chief executive and chairman Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Dubai Health Authority chairman and director general Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qatami, UAE Minister of Health Abdul Rahman Al Owais, and Emirates SkyCargo Divisional Senior Vice President Nabil Sultan. “The launch of the new facility will encourage more companies to connect pharmaceutical markets through Dubai International Airport, a leading transportation hub between the East and the West”, says Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
The new SkyPharma facility at Dubai International Airport will work in conjunction with Emirates SkyCentral DWC, the Airline’s freighter hub in Dubai World Central which provides 4,600 sqm area for pharmaceutical cargo.
Emirates, a subsidiary of Emirates Group, is an airline based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest airline company in the Middle East, operating more than 3,600 flights per week from its hub at Dubai International Airport, to over 154 cities in 81 countries across six continents.