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Explainer: Where is the UAE’s manufacturing sector headed?

The recently announced Operation 300bn strategy is set to be a game changer in transforming the nation’s manufacturing sector, opines Nidal Haddad, founder and CEO, Al Bayader International

Himalaya Factory at Dubai Industrial City

Himalaya to build Dhs120m herbal pharma plant in Dubai

The facility be geared to produce three billion tablets, 15 million syrup bottles and three million units of ointment annually

Dubai’s Al Khaleej Sugar gets go ahead to build beet factory in Spain

The company plans to start construction of the plant in Merida next year

Mubadala seeks over $20bn value for EGA in IPO

EGA is the Middle East’s biggest aluminium producer and is equally owned by Mubadala and Investment Corporation of Dubai

Abu Dhabi’s Agthia Group completes acquisition of Nabil Foods

The acquisition marks Agthia’s first entry into the processed protein industry

E-commerce freezone Dubai CommerCity opens new facilities as part of first phase launch

The new facilities include office spaces as well as e-commerce logistics units and multi-client warehouses

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UAE to begin manufacturing ‘Hayat-Vax’ Covid-19 vaccine

The ‘Life Sciences and Vaccine Manufacturing in the UAE’ is a joint project by the Abu Dhabi-based Group 42 and China’s Sinopharm CNBG

Packaging firm Al Bayader invests Dhs200m in Dubai facility to expand manufacturing capacity

The expanded plant doubles its production capacity to 18,000 tonnes per annum to enable Al Bayader to export its products

Sheikh Mohammed launches ‘Operation 300bn’ strategy to foster UAE industrial sector

The strategy aims to increase the industrial sector’s contribution to GDP from Dhs133bn to Dhs300bn by 2031

Tadweer Abu Dhabi

Tadweer recycled 1.9 million tons of construction waste in Abu Dhabi last year

The Abu Dhabi Executive Council has mandated that at least 40 per cent of recycled materials be used in road and construction projects across the emirate

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Al Barakah Dates to expand Dubai facility to make it ‘world’s largest date factory’

The facility is due for completion in early 2022

IDEX NAVEX 2021

UAE Armed Forces sign over Dhs7bn deals on day two of IDEX and NAVDEX 2021

On day two, the UAE Armed Forces signed Dhs6.983bn worth of contracts with international companies, representing 95 percent of the total deal value for the day

IDEX NAVEX 2021

UAE Armed Forces sign over Dhs5bn deals on day one of Abu Dhabi defence exhibition

UAE companies secured deals worth Dhs3.939bn, accounting for 78 per cent of the overall value of the agreements

Dubai Holding OSE Industries Aluminium

Dubal Holding acquires 60% stake in OSE Industries

The aluminium extrusion company is located in Dubai Industrial City

BMW EGA CelestiAL aluminium

BMW Group becomes first customer for UAE’s solar-powered CelestiAL aluminium

Using this aluminium from EGA will reduce BMW Group’s emissions by 222,000 tonnes of CO2 per year

Bahrain-GCC trade hits $5.7bn in 2020 despite Covid-19 challenges

Bahrain exports surge 12 per cent in Q4 of 2020 buoyed by manufacturing sector

Ducab

Dubai’s Ducab appoints new group CEO

Mohammed Abdul Rahman Al Mutawa, the first Emirati in the role, replaces Andrew Shaw

AquaChemie Middle East

AquaChemie begins construction on $40m petrochemical terminal at Jebel Ali Port in Dubai

The specialised bulk storage terminal will have a total capacity of around 40,000 cubic metres

Abu Dhabi Hope Consortium

Abu Dhabi’s Hope Consortium to facilitate worldwide distribution of Covid-19 vaccine

The consortium will be able to handle the logistics for over six billion doses of the vaccines manufactured around the world – whether in single or multi doses – in cold and ultra-cold conditions in 2021

Khalifa university

Research team at UAE’s Khalifa University manufacture reusable 3D-printed facemasks

A prototype has been printed and assessments will be performed on it before it receives the necessary approvals

Expo Centre Sharjah delays SteelFab event to June 2021

The 17th edition of the event was scheduled to be held in January 2021

Saudi Pepsi bottler MenaBev picks Infor for warehouse management software

Infor WMS will manage MenaBev’s end-to-end warehouse operation

Al Maha Nestle 1

Nestlé appoints new chairman and CEO for MENA region

Remy Ejel, who has been with the company for over 20 years, has been appointed to the role

Balki Radhakrishnan General Mills

Five minutes with Balki Radhakrishnan, vice president and managing director, General Mills AMEA

US-based food company General Mills recently launched the world’s first Old El Paso restaurant in Dubai

Prince Khaled’s KBW Ventures invests in ethical pet food brand

KBW Ventures joins funding round for US-based Bond Pet Foods

Mubadala Kohlberg PCI

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala and Kohlberg acquire majority stake in PCI Pharma Services

Philadelphia-based PCI provides a range of integrated pharmaceutical supply chain solutions

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Saudi chemical maker SABIC expects recovery following loss

SABIC generated second-quarter sales of SAR24.62bn, down 29 per cent from the previous year

Kodak

Former electronics major Kodak to enter the pharmaceutical industry

It has obtained a $765m loan from the US government to support its foray into the pharmaceutical business

UAE food and drinks maker Agthia shifts to home deliveries

The company has introduced its own e-commerce website, and sales through retailers’ online platforms are growing

Dubai-based 3D printing start-up Immensa to expand to Saudi Arabia, US

Amid Covid-19 pandemic, Immensa remobilised to produce more than 20,000 3D printed face shields per week