Posted by Neil King
DHL, one of the world's leading logistics companies, has expanded its air network to better link the UAE with Asia and Europe.
The firm said the move was the result of increased demand from the UAE business community and would facilitate growing trade between the region and its largest trading partner, China.
Under the expansion plans, Aerologic, the joint venture cargo airline of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo, will operate a B777F flight between Leipzig and Hong Kong with a connection in Sharjah, the third largest emirate of the UAE.
"In 2009, China emerged as the top trading partner of the UAE with 12.9 per cent of total imports into the emirates originating from China. With enhanced linkages via the Middle East, we will also deliver greater time savings and better connections to our customers, thereby supporting UAE business across Asia and Europe," said John Pearson, chief executive officer of DHL Express Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Meanwhile, it was reported this week that the UAE's telecoms market is set to grow 20 per cent annually, with smart devices leading the surge.