· Robust economic landscape in Qatar sees DHL Express revenues more than double over the past 5 years
· Close to 3 million Euros invested in DHL operations and infrastructure
Doha, Qatar, 9 December 2010: DHL Express, the world’s leading express company, celebrated 30 years of success in Qatar by hosting a special Gala dinner at the Doha Golf Club. Over 250 guests attended the Gala, including H.E. Sheikh Faisal Qassim F. Th. Al-thani. Thriving economic developments and a strong business environment in the country have provided a platform for growth for DHL; the company’s revenues have doubled over the past 5 years in Qatar, whilst it has invested nearly 3 million Euros in DHL Express Qatar’s operational facilities. The 30th anniversary celebration is strong vote of confidence in Qatar’s growth potential and an affirmation of DHL’s long-term commitment to the country.
“Since first establishing Doha operations in 1980, DHL Express has built its reputation not just by delivering superior service with local expertise, but through forging excellent relationships with both customers and stakeholders,” said Daniel Kearvell, General Manager, DHL Express Qatar. “We are delighted that tonight, we bring together the very people who have contributed to our success and celebrate this important milestone.”
Garry Kemp, Managing Director, DHL Express Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT), said: “I am pleased to be here in Doha not just to celebrate the milestones and successes we have achieved, but to also look to the future. DHL Express Qatar is a model example in terms of operational and service excellence, setting a high benchmark for the rest of the logistics industry across the Middle East. As we build on our past achievements, our focus will continue to be on the customer; on simplifying the customer experience and on the continuous development of our capabilities to meet increasingly sophisticated logistics needs of our customers.”
At a media roundtable held earlier in the day, DHL Express management provided an overview of DHL’s development in Qatar, key milestones, plans and strategy ahead and business outlook for the coming year.
“Qatar has been interesting to watch as the country demonstrated a solid resilience during the economic downturn. Today, recovery is gaining a strong momentum and we are very confident that the positive growth trend in Qatar will continue. Key industries such as oil & energy and construction will continue to be the top growth drivers of Qatar’s economy,” explained Kemp. “International trade will only increase and as a result, global transport is one of the fastest growing industries. As a trade facilitator, it is imperative that DHL continues to be in a position that enables sustainable global economic growth and trade.”
“Our dedicated workforce and loyal customers have made all the difference in Qatar. As we draw closer to 2011, I am proud to report that DHL currently has over 50% of market share in the country,” added Kearvell. “Our plans to open two more locations in the city by 2011 will serve to reinforce DHL’s position as the leading logistics company in Qatar, region and world.”
DHL Express Qatar currently employs over 150 people and operates four offices in Doha equipped with market leading facilities. DHL offers dedicated CO2 consulting based solutions and is the first company to offer carbon-neutral services (GOGREEN) to its customers. The company’s capabilities are reinforced by business operations which have achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification for quality management.
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