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Pharma giant Sanofi opens new Dubai logistics hub

New distribution centre in Dubai will facilitate the delivery of over 22 million packs of medicines every year

Pharma giant Sanofi opens new Dubai logistics hub
Sanofi began its operations in the Gulf in the 1970s and established its first affiliate in 1987 in the UAE.

Sanofi, the global biopharmaceutical company, has inaugurated its new logistics hub in Dubai Logistics District.

One of the largest facilities of its kind in the Middle East pharmaceutical industry, the 2,740 sq m distribution centre will facilitate the delivery of over 22 million packs of medicines every year to treat patients in six countries, including the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan and Iraq.

Dr Amin Hussain Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing at the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention said: “An efficient supply chain is fundamental to ensuring access to quality treatment 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.”

The distribution centre is equipped with the latest warehousing and cold chain technologies required to preserve the integrity of medication before it reaches pharmacies.

Jean-Paul Scheuer, general manager of Sanofi Gulf, said that moving to the new facility has enabled the company to increase its storage capacity by 68 percent.

He 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.”

Sanofi began its operations in the Gulf in the 1970s and established its first affiliate in 1987 in the UAE. Employing over 500 colleagues, the company offers health and well-being solutions with a focus on diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, oncology, immunology, multiple sclerosis, rare diseases, and vaccines.

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