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Self-Storage in the United Arab Emirates: The Box Prepares for the Future With Expansion and New Services


By Wadih Haddad

In January 2008, The Box opened the doors to its maiden self-storage operation, offering a state-of-the-art, 15,000-square-foot facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Since then, the company has gone on to build a reputation as an international-services provider with a penchant for quality offerings. It operates more than 15 locations across the UAE.

Demand for self-storage is rising around the globe, including the UAE, where inquiries for the service are on the rise. With nine facilities in the Dubai emirate and others throughout the UAE, The Box operates more than 90,000 square feet of occupied space. The company has been ramping up operation and increasing its footprint across multiple cities in the Gulf and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) regions.

The Box's first commercial storage warehouse in Abu Dhabi is soon to be followed with another 15,000-square-foot climate-controlled facility that will offer personal and commercial storage. The company is also venturing overseas into Beirut. The soon-to-open facility will be the first to offer climate-controlled self-storage services in the region.

Demand Grows

The current economic climate is proving to be quite advantageous for self-storage providers in the UAE. There’s a growing trend among customers to look for alternative solutions in office/personal storage space. Demand is also high for relocation services that provide a greater degree of flexibility for customers.

The increase in demand is being reflected across The Box's service offerings. Removal services, local moves within Dubai, removals to and from surrounding Emirates, and international relocations are just a few services customers desire. Responding positively to this, The Box increased the number of removal teams at its disposal and now offers local and international moves. The company has forged partnerships with external contractors to increase market presence. It has also signed international agreements with multiple storage facilities to assist customers in Canada, Europe and the United States. The Box also offers document storage and an online store for packaging materials.

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