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Dubai Flower Centre was developed to handle flower imports and exports, as Dubai is a major hub for the import and export of flowers and the airport required a specialist facility since these products need special conditions. The flower centre’s first phase was completed in 2004 at a cost of $50 million. The flower centre is not yet finished and construction will continue in another two phases. The centre will offer an enhanced level of automation over a five to seven year period for processing flower products. It will begin with a semi-automated system with manual sorting before eventually becoming fully automated.
The Flower centre is capable of handling up to 150,000 tons of flowers and perishables. The centre, developed and automated have a floor area of about 100,000 sq.m providing for export chambers and offices apart from product break down and buildup stations and automated sorting areas. The handling capacity of the centre is anticipated to exceed 300,000 metric tons of product throughput per annum. The cold storage facility at Dubai Flower Centre is fully bonded and measures 34,000m2. DFC currently houses around 19 tenants from 11 countries that offer a diverse range of products and varieties of cut flowers, plants, foliage,fruits and vegetables. Once fully operational it will serves as an international market with over two billion consumers.