GWC has posted a net profit of QR225mn with gross revenues reaching QR1.3bn at the end of 2021.
Earnings per share stood at QR0.38 by the end of the same period, the company said Tuesday.
GWC board of directors recommended QR0.10 cash dividend to shareholders, which is subject for discussion and approval during the company’s Annual General Meeting scheduled to be held on February 16.
GWC chairman Sheikh Abdulla bin Fahad bin Jassem bin Jabor al-Thani stated, “2021 brought with it, its own set of challenges but it gives me immense pride to witness how Qatar navigated through them and emerged stronger. For us, every challenge presents an opportunity to rise above and fulfil our duty towards Qatar’s vision.
“I take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to all our stakeholders and partners, who continue to trust and encourage us to exceed their expectations. We have a lot to look forward to this year and we will endeavour to build on our achievements.”
He also acknowledged the hard work and dedication put forth by the staff of GWC without whom these milestones would not have been achieved.
“The persistent efforts of our team at GWC are the reason we have been able to provide seamless service and perform our duties to ensure that the nation’s progress does not get adversely affected,” he added.
GWC established Qatar's first logistics hub in Ras Bufontas Free Zone. The Regional Logistics Hub offers freight, customs clearance, acclimatised storage, transportation, and the company’s advanced IT infrastructure, among other services. It is also home to UPS Customer Centre.
Continuing its commitment to find innovative solutions while maintaining the highest environmental standards, GWC signed an agreement with Gaussin, a pioneer of clean and smart freight transport, and Gam Qatar to test Gaussin’s zero-emission electric tractors and yard automation solutions in several GWC logistics hubs, including GWC Al Wukair Logistic Park.
2021 also saw GWC signing a MoU with The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) to encourage research in the fields of engineering, technology, and sciences with a special emphasis on logistics and supply chain management, with the aim to boost industry performance and identify mutually beneficial new opportunities and ideas.
Another area of focus for GWC has been to support MSMEs as it firmly believes that they are the backbone of any economy and are essential for the growth of Qatar.
“The GWC Al Wukair Logistics Park is one of the flagship developments of GWC; it is a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs, with a very strong focus on providing micro, small and medium scale Enterprises (MSMEs) with access to logistics and light industry infrastructure needed for their growth and success. In addition, GWC will be taking care of all the regulatory as well as infrastructure and supply chain needs,” stated Ranjeev Menon, Group CEO, GWC.
Due to its central location, close proximity to the airport and the port, coupled with seamless offering of logistics services, it will be the main distribution hub for handling the logistics mandate for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Adding to this, he said, “2022 is a landmark year for us as we inch towards the final months leading to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. As the Regional Supporter and Official Logistics Provider, we are aware of the immense responsibility placed upon us and the mammoth task we have ahead. We have been working diligently to ensure the seamless delivery of this mega sporting event.”
GWC will be offering a broad spectrum of services ranging from venue logistics, broadcasting and cold chain logistics, to shipping, customs clearance, transport and warehousing, down to logistics operations of merchandise, souvenirs, and food and beverages.
“While the World Cup will be an exhilarating experience – however after December 18, 2022, we will turn our focus towards the legacy of this tournament,” Menon said.
“We have a highly trained workforce and have developed pioneering systems across our business. Working on previous major events, such as the World Athletics Championships and FIFA Club World Cup, we stand prepared for Qatar 2022, which is the cherry on the cake in terms of sporting events.
“However, the main goal for us – and the country in general– is Qatar National Vision 2030. One of the main legacies of the World Cup will be economic growth – and this is where GWC comes in. We have already provided a logistics framework to support the country’s development and look forward to playing a key role in delivering a bright business future for Qatar for decades to come.”
In addition to this, GWC will continue to support MSMEs through its various initiatives and projects. It will also continue to work towards developing its human capital which will be critical in expanding regionally and internationally, while furthering its quest for innovation, sustainable solutions, and digital transformation.