| | NOVEMBER 20238IN FOCUSHFZA AND AMAZON UAE INK LEASE DEAL FOR NEW LOGISTICS CENTREThe Hamriyah Freezone Authority (HFZA) of Sharjah and Amazon UAE have agreed to lease a new logistics center in the Northern Emirates. The new facility is anticipated to improve delivery services for clients in the area.Sheikh Khaled bin Abdullah Al Qasimi, Chairman of Hamriyah Free Zone Authority, said, "This collaboration is more than a testament to our dedication ­ it reflects our commitment to shaping a landscape that empowers businesses worldwide. Through this endeavour, we are not only enhancing logistics but also driving the economic prosperity of our region."The agreement marks a critical moment in the region's economic landscape, according to top officials from HFZA and Amazon UAE, as per gulf news.Ronaldo Mouchawar, Vice President of Amazon MENA, said, "The free zone's modern infrastructure and operational support will bring us closer to meeting our customers' ever-evolving need for convenience, speed and selection. As we continue to grow our footprint in the country, we are excited to partner with Hamriyah Free Zone Authority to support the country's vision for a digitalised and diversified economy."HFZA reached a deal with the Indian oil and energy business Infinite Mining and Energy earlier this year. Infinite has previously announced plans to quadruple its investment in the free zone and build a multipurpose oil refinery. The proposed plant would have a daily capacity of 10,000 barrels and a refining capacity of up to 3.6 million barrels per year.Currently, the free zone is home to approximately 1,200 businesses, including large worldwide enterprises specializing in the oil and energy industries. BAHRAIN WIDENS EV CHARGING NETWORK THROUGH KPS-ABB AGREEMENTFollowing a strategic agreement between Kanoo Power Solutions and Swedish-Swiss engineering company ABB, Bahrain is set to see an increase in electric car charging stations. This action is part of Bahrain's efforts to encourage sustainable mobility throughout the country.In line to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, the KPS-ABB agreement is aimed at accelerating the adoption of EVs by expanding the Gulf country's electric charging infrastructure. Sudhindra Kalibhat, head of KPS, emphasized that their partnership with ABB represents a significant step toward building a sustainable future for Bahrain, as per arabnews.He added, "Our extensive network and expertise in power solutions, coupled with ABB's state-of-the-art technology, can accelerate the transition to electric vehicles by supporting the growing demand for fast, reliable and convenient EV charging stations."The ABB EV charging stations provide connectivity options that allow for remote monitoring, diagnostics, and updates, which increase performance and facilitate future advancements. According to Vinayak Joshi, ABB's vice president of electrification business for the GCC and East Africa, their EV charging stations have several notable qualities, including quick and smooth charging and solving availability and speed difficulties.He added, "Its flexibility and interoperability ensure compatibility with diverse EV models, promoting convenience for users regardless of their vehicle's make." The collaboration underscores a commitment to sustainable transportation, aligning with the global transition toward eco-friendly mobility solutions.Its principal goal is to encourage the use of EVs, resulting in a dependable and environmentally responsible charging network. ABB provides a complete variety of e-mobility solutions for various automotive categories, including automobiles, buses, and trucks, with over 13 years of technology and innovation leadership in EV charging systems.
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