Chilled drug centre opens
The new SkyPharma complex at Dubai International Airport will allow Emirates to compete in a market that has traditionally been a difficult one for firms in the Middle East, according to a top company official.
The 4,000sqm facility, dedicated to the transportation of temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals, was officially opened yesterday by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline.
Following the SkyPharma move, Emirates is also the first Middle Eastern firm to be certified under the EU Good Distribution Practice (GDP) following an audit that was carried out by the Bureau Veritas agency from Germany.
“Pharmaceuticals are one of the most important products we transport because of the impact on people’s lives and communities across the world,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice-President.
“As a leader in the global air cargo industry we decided that it was not only important for us to build state-of-the-art cool chain facilities for the transportation of pharma products but to also go the extra mile and ensure the compliance of our operations against the highest international standards.”
The market had previously been a difficult one for companies in the Middle East due to the weather conditions.
“This demonstrates that we have the ability to transport pharmaceutical products in extreme weather conditions,” said Sultan. “Most of the companies in the Gulf were avoided because of the hot temperatures in the summer.”
He went on to explain how it was an industry in which only the highest standards will do.
“It’s an industry in which it is extremely difficult to get an account,” he said.
“But you could lose that account overnight if even just one thing went wrong.”