Healthcare procurement company Rafed and Abu Dhabi Ports have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly launch the largest healthcare and medical supplies cold store distribution centre in the UAE.
Both entities are part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy.
Under the strategic collaboration agreement, Abu Dhabi Ports will deliver a state-of-the-art warehouse and inventory management solution for upstream, midstream and downstream operations as Rafed’s fourth-party logistics service provider.
The new distribution centre will be the largest, most technologically advanced centre in the UAE. The partnership will provide stakeholders with streamlined services and synergies across multiple business areas, specifically enabling them to deliver pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and consumables across the local and regional supply chains.
Rashed Saif Al Qubaisi, chief executive officer, Rafed, said: “Rafed’s first strategic partnership will prove pivotal in enhancing healthcare services across the emirates. As part of our strategy, we are creating a new business model that enhances the procurement process of the healthcare sector that is primed for future growth and deliver exceptional value, efficiency and quality.”
“Through ADQ’s extensive portfolio of world class assets, we are proud to partner with Abu Dhabi Ports, as one the leading and trusted entities in transport, trade and logistics service providers.”
Robert Sutton, head of logistics cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “Rafed’s agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports as their sole provider of logistics services is a testament to our capabilities and expertise in efficiently managing end-to-end supply chain and associated value added services to support the healthcare sector across the country.”
“By being part of ADQ, we are able to leverage and enhance our capabilities to meet the demand of the public and private sector across multiple fields, ultimately supporting the group’s wider objectives.”