Al Rawabi to establish Dhs650m dairy production facility in Abu Dhabi
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Al Rawabi to establish Dhs650m dairy production facility in Abu Dhabi

Al Rawabi to establish Dhs650m dairy production facility in Abu Dhabi

The plant located in the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi is expected to produce 23 million litres in its first operational year

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UAE-based Al Rawabi will set up a Dhs650m dairy production facility in the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).

KIZAD is part of the AD Ports Group’s Economic Cities & Free Zones (EC&FZ) cluster and has signed a lease agreement with Al Rawabi to establish the plant.

Al Rawabi will initially develop the facility across 2 sq km in KIZAD, with an additional 3 sq km earmarked  as part of its future expansion plans. The dairy farm will be home to 10,000 cows and will help to boost Al Rawabi’s exports across the wider GCC region.

Al Rawabi’s new dairy production facility in KIZAD will include milk parlours, a dairy plant, a mechanic and maintenance workshop, a feed factory, staff accommodation, and a biogas plant along with fertilizer manufacturing amenities.

Additionally, 10 megawatts of clean power will be generated by equipping a large portion of site assets with solar panels, reducing the operational costs and CO2 emissions at the site.

Dr Ahmed El Tigani, CEO, Al Rawabi, said, “The strategic location, access to food-related services, and readiness of land area in KIZAD will help Al Rawabi grow its operations long-term, increasing business reach and potential export across markets. Today, Al Rawabi can look forward to growing market share in the UAE, GCC, and Africa by leveraging the strategic location in KIZAD that offers a fully integrated trade and logistics platform to facilitate export across the emirates and the region. We expect to produce 23 million litres in the first operational year out of KIZAD, and to move approximately 1,000 containers of goods annually.”

Abdullah Al Hameli, head of EC&FZ, added, “Al Rawabi’s confidence in KIZAD is a testament to AD Ports Group’s commitment to driving the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy through the supply of high-quality dairy and food products, while also contributing to the growth of the nation’s industrial sector. In addition to supporting the advancement of local farms and creating job opportunities in the local farming sector, our agreement presents a positive boost for regional consumers by offering easier access to fresh produce.”

To boost the UAE’s food security, Abu Dhabi’s AD Ports Group recently partnered with UAE conglomerate Ghassan Aboud Group, to establish one of the region’s largest wholesale food trading and logistics hub in KIZAD. The food hub will assemble wholesale buyers, sellers, logistics players and distributors from across the world.

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