Sanofi Inaugurates 2740 Sq Meter Logistics and Distribution Centre in Dubai Logistics District

• Hub houses over 22 million packs of medicines for various disease areas annually • To benefit patients in six countries • Company’s storage capacity expanded by 68% • Inauguration coincides with Sanofi’s over 30 years of operations in UAE

Dubai-UAE: 27 February, 2019 Sanofi, a global biopharmaceutical company focused on human health, inaugurated today its new logistics hub in the region at Dubai Logistics District in the presence of Dr Amin Hussain Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing at the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention.

One of the largest of its kind in the Middle East pharmaceutical industry, the 2740-sq meter distribution centre will serve as the company’s new regional logistics headquarters and facilitate the delivery of over 22million packs of medicines every year to treat the health conditions of patients in six countries, including UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan and Iraq.

His Excellency Dr Amiri said: “An efficient supply chain is fundamental to ensuring access to quality and treatments for many. This is an important priority for the UAE and we applaud Sanofi for its efforts and contribution towards the continued achievement of this goal in the country.”

Occupying from Kuehne + Nagel a 4,000 pallets location for ambient temperature control storage locations and a 450 pallets location for cold chain products storage, the distribution centre is equipped with the latest warehousing and cold chain technologies that adhere to the strictest global quality standards required to preserve the integrity of medication before it reaches pharmacies, and eventually the patients.

Speaking on the inauguration of the distribution centre, Jean-Paul Scheuer, Country Chair and General Manager, Sanofi Gulf, said that moving to a new facility has enabled Sanofi to increase its storage capacity by 68%.

Scheuer added: “Beyond expanding operationally, this investment more importantly translates into a faster ability to respond to patients’ needs, delivering innovative treatments and fostering better access to healthcare. The realization of this commitment, which Sanofi stands very strongly for, is made possible because of the world-class healthcare infrastructure that the UAE offers. We thank the Ministry of Health and Prevention for its leadership and unwavering partnership over the years.”

Sanofi began its operations in the Gulf in the 1970s and established its very first affiliate in 1987 in the UAE. Employing over 500 colleagues from 35 different nationalities, the company offers healthcare solutions in health and well-being, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, oncology, immunology, multiple sclerosis, rare diseases, and vaccines.

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About Sanofi

Sanofi is dedicated to supporting people through their health challenges. We are a global biopharmaceutical company focused on human health. We prevent illness with vaccines, provide innovative treatments to fight pain and ease suffering. We stand by the few who suffer from rare diseases and the millions with long-term chronic conditions.

With more than 100,000 people in 100 countries, Sanofi is transforming scientific innovation into healthcare solutions around the globe.

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For more information, please contact:

Sanofi Gulf Countries

Jorhie Alban

Head of Communications & CSR

M: +971556258292

E: Détail d'une actualitéjorhie.alban(@)sanofi.com

APCO Worldwide

Reem Abi Ali

M: +971559648763

E: rabiali(@)apcoworldwide.com

 

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