Rafed and Abu Dhabi Ports launch medical cold store distribution centre

Rafed and Abu Dhabi Ports launch medical cold store distribution centre
Both entities are part of ADQ

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.

The port operator will deliver the warehouse and inventory management solution for upstream, midstream and downstream operations as Rafed’s fourth-party logistics service provider.

It is hoped that the partnership will provide stakeholders with streamlined services and synergies across multiple business areas, enabling them to deliver pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and consumables across the local and regional supply chains.

Both entities are part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy.

Rashed Saif Al Qubaisi, CEO of 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.”

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.”

Abu Dhabi Ports recently announced its enhanced logistics capabilities for the storage and distribution of more than 70m COVID-19 vaccines at its dedicated 19,000 sq m temperature-controlled warehouse facility in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).

Certified by the Department of Health, the facility currently handles the G42 vaccines for the UAE vaccination program and already houses more than 1m vials of the vaccine.

The facility is equipped to store vaccines and other pharmaceutical products at a termpature range of 2-8°C as well as down to -80°C. It is also equipped with temperature and humidity systems monitored digitally via a control dashboard.