Emirates SkyCargo has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Cainiao Smart Logistics Network to let the logistics arm of Alibaba Group use Dubai as a hub.
The two companies will work closely to manage e-commerce shipments in the Middle East and other neighbouring regions, with further details of the tie-up to be announced as they are developed.
The MoU was signed by Emirates divisional senior vice president – cargo, Nabil Sultan and Cainiao Global Business general manager, Xiaodong Guan at Cainiao’s global headquarters in Hangzhou.
The deal will allow the companies to leverage each other’s strengths in cross-border e-commerce trade and cargo operations, also supporting Cainiao’s broader efforts to offer enhanced customer experience.
Last month Cainiao unveiled plans to develop six global hubs in six cities around the global, including Dubai.
Sultan says: “With Emirates SkyCargo’s network spread, frequency of flights including close to 50 weekly flights from China, our state-of-the-art hub facilities and the strategic location of Dubai which allows it to serve as an effective logistics hub for the region, we are confident that we will be a strong partner for Cainiao to bring an enhanced experience to their customers in the Middle East and neighbouring regions.”
Guan adds: “As a key gateway that links Asia and Europe, Dubai is well positioned to help us achieve our goal of 72-hour global delivery. The MoU with Emirates SkyCargo is another milestone to reach this goal.
“We have a strong commitment to Dubai and the neighbouring markets. This fits well with our broader strategy.”