UAE Cold Chain

UAE Cold Chain Market Research Report: Forecast (2022-27)

By Type (Cold Storage, Cold Transportation), By End-User (Food & Beverage (Beverage & Packaged Food, Dairy Products, Meat and Seafood) Pharmaceuticals, Fruits and Vegetables, Others (flowers, ornament Read more

  • Food & Beverages
  • Apr 2022
  • 90
  • FB44004

Market Definition

A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain that includes refrigerated facilities manufacturing, cold storage, and cold chain transportation facilities via air, across waterways, and rail lines to maintain the requisite low-temperature range at all times. With the rise in food consumption, increasing tourist base in the country, and growing demand for frozen & ready-to-eat food, the demand for cold chains is expected to foresee robust growth in the forthcoming years.

Market Insights

The UAE Cold Chain Market is projected to grow at a 6.9% CAGR during the forecast period, 2022-27, as the country relies heavily on foreign markets for its food security. Cold chain systems are becoming increasingly crucial in the UAE's food goods market as consumers seek better and more nutritious products with more variety. The increasing trade in perishable products, government investments in infrastructure to enhance pharmaceutical exports, and continuous investments in modern logistics to maintain the temperature of products such as fresh agricultural products & manufactured foods has driven the market growth.

Report Coverage Details
Study Period Historical Data: 2017-20
Base Year: 2021
Forecast Period: 2022-27
CAGR (2022-2027) 6.9%
Key Companies Profiled Gulf Agency Company, Al-Futtaim Logistics, Hellman Worldwide Logistics, Global Shipping & Logistics LLC, RHS Logistics, CEVA Logistics, Mohebi Logistics, Agility Logistics, Panalpina-DSV, Kuehne- Nagel, RSA Cold Chain, DB Schenker
Unit Denominations USD Million/Billion


  • With the adoption of the Dubai Silk Road Strategy and its superior logistical infrastructure, the UAE aims to transform into a source market in the supply chain, manufacturing & exporting pharmaceuticals to high-demand regions such as Africa & Asia. 

Moreover, the growing government inclination to boost the local production has encouraged the global pharmaceutical players to set up their manufacturing bases in the country. Thus, this has further augmented the need for cold chain logistics in the region. In 2019, Pharmax Pharmaceuticals (Pharmax) inaugurated its first pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in the Dubai Science Park. The company aims to shorten the supply chain for generic medications for chronic conditions in the Middle East countries.

Key Trends in the Market

  • Introduction of Advanced Technologies in the Cold Chain

Temperature changes can cause heavy losses to perishable products stacked in cold storage facilities, necessitating the employment of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and blockchain technology in the cold chain. As a result, the companies have been introducing advanced technology solutions for cold storage to deal with the rising issue of food wastage due to temperature fluctuations, which could lead to microbial development & discoloration of food goods. Thus, this would create a trend in the market for the deployment of advanced technologies in the cold chain facilities during the forecast period.

  • In 2022, Disrupt-X, a UAE-based IoT Development Company, launched a Cold Storage Monitoring Solution under Ignite Shield, an Intel Market Ready Solution to detect temperature and humidity levels from the comfort of an office to the convenience of a smartphone for cold storage facilities. Users can also create personalized reports with the solution, which uses AI to make suggestions based on temperature & humidity values.

Impact of Covid-19 on the UAE Cold Chain Market

In the UAE, the COVID-19 epidemic had a favorable impact on the cold chain business. The increase in demand for cold chain facilities such as storage & transportation, particularly for pharmaceutical products, has driven the market's expansion. During the pandemic, the demand for cold chain services for the transportation of temperature-sensitive products such as vaccines & pharmaceutical drugs has heightened across the country for the distribution of vaccines. Thus, this has led to a developing partnership among corporations to distribute vaccines both domestically & globally, necessitating the use of cold transportation. For instance,

  • In 2021, Dubai launched its Vaccine Logistics Alliance with Emirates Airlines, Dubai Ports, Dubai Airports, and the International Humanitarian City, to facilitate the delivery of Covid-19 vaccine shots across the globe.
  • In 2021, Emirates SkyCargo expanded the pharma cool chain infrastructure in Dubai, to enhance vaccine transport capabilities. The company aims to strengthen its temperature-sensitive pharma & vaccine handling capabilities in the country.

  1. Introduction
    1. Research Process
    2. Assumption
    3. Market Segmentation
    4. Market Definition
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Impact of COVID-19 on The UAE Cold Chain Market
  4. Impact of AI on The UAE Cold Chain Market
  5. The UAE Cold Chain Market Government Regulations & Policies, 2017-2027
  6. The UAE Cold Chain Market Trends & Insights
  7. The UAE Cold Chain Market Dynamics
    1. Growth Drivers
    2. Challenges
  8. The UAE Cold Chain Market Hotspot & Opportunities
  9. The UAE Cold Chain Market Outlook, 2017- 2027
    1. Market Size and Analysis
      1. By Revenues (USD Million)
    2. Market Share and Analysis
      1. By Type
        1. Cold Storage
        2. Cold Transportation
      2. By End-User
        1. Food & Beverage
          1. Beverage & Packaged Food
          2. Dairy Products
          3. Meat and Seafood
        2. Pharmaceuticals
        3. Fruits and Vegetables
        4. Others (flowers, ornamental plants, etc.)
      3. By Region
        1. Dubai
        2. Abu Dhabi & AI Ain
        3. Sharjah & Northern Emirates
      4. By Company
        1. Competition Characteristics
        2. Revenue Shares
  10. The UAE Cold Chain Storage Market Outlook, 2017- 2027
    1. Market Size and Analysis
      1. By Revenues (USD Million)
    2. Market Share and Analysis
      1. By Temperature Range
        1. Ambient (Above 15°C)
        2. Cool (5.1°C to 15 °C)
        3. Chilled (0.1°C to +5°C)
        4. Frozen (Less than 0°C)
      2. By Ownership
        1. Integrated Warehouse
        2. Contract Warehouse
      3. By End-User
  11. The UAE Cold Chain Transportation Market Outlook, 2017- 2027
    1. Market Size and Analysis
      1. By Revenues (USD Million)
    2. Market Share and Analysis
      1. By Mode of Transportation
        1. Land
        2. Sea
        3. Air
      2. By Type of Freight
        1. Domestic
        2. International
      3. By End-User
  12. The UAE Cold Chain Market Key Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
  13. Competitive Outlook
    1. Competition Matrix
      1. Application Portfolio
      2. Brand Specialization
      3. Target Markets
      4. Target Applications
      5. Research & Development
      6. Strategic Alliances
      7. Strategic Initiatives
    2. Company Profiles (Business Description, Application Segments, Business Segments, Financials, Strategic Alliances/ Partnerships, Future Plans)
      1. Gulf Agency Company
      2. Al-Futtaim Logistics
      3. Hellman Worldwide Logistics
      4. Global Shipping & Logistics LLC
      5. RHS Logistics
      6. CEVA Logistics
      7. Mohebi Logistics
      8. Agility Logistics
      9. Panalpina-DSV
      10. Kuehne- Nagel
      11. RSA Cold Chain
      12. DB Schenker
  14. Disclaimer
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