May 12, 2022

Dr Jaber highlights UAE’s appeal as a global industrial hub

UAE – Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies, highlighted the emerging position and attractiveness of the UAE as a global industrial hub during a visit to Khalifa Industrial City (Kizad), the largest industrial city in the Middle East.

Kizad is an integrated commercial, industrial and logistics center in Abu Dhabi, operating under the economic cities and free zones sector of the Abu Dhabi Ports Group and contributing to the empowerment of the industrial sector by helping its products to access the global markets comprising 4.5 billion consumers. global.

The visit is part of a series of visits by the minister to inspect the performance of the country’s industrial facilities and to discuss ways to motivate investors to take advantage of the benefits offered by the UAE. The strategy includes an attractive business environment, providing a stimulating work system for the establishment and development of industrial projects, as well as closer cooperation and exchange of experience and dialogue with various parties to develop procedures and industry-related incentives.

Dr. Jaber was briefed on industrial project development and growth plans, opportunities for regional and global expansion and competitiveness, and benefits for businesses located in Kizad. He was briefed on the efforts of the National Food Products Company, which is one of the largest companies in the region for food wholesale and related logistics, as well as the plans and operations of Al Tala Board Manufacturing Company, which operated the first factory. unique in the world to produce high quality wood panels by recycling palm waste through innovative technologies.

Dr. Jaber was accompanied by Mohammed Ali Al Shurafa, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development; Omar Ahmed Suwain Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technologies; Osama Amir Fadhel, Deputy Undersecretary for the Industrial Accelerators Sector; and Farah Ali Al Zarooni, Acting Deputy Undersecretary for the Standards and Regulations Sector at the Ministry; Abu Dhabi Ports Group Managing Director and CEO Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamsi and a number of officials from Kizad and companies operating there.

Dr. Jaber said that the ministry’s efforts and work are focused on implementing the directives of the UAE leadership to enhance the role of the industrial sector in the growth of the national economy.

“Our strategy is based on value creation, innovation, sustainability and foresight, and on enhancing competitiveness to make the UAE a global destination for industrial investment. Today, we are witnessing vivid examples and major developments of Kizad and its ability to attract quality industrial investments. Kizad provides an enabling environment for global industrial projects, which is a major tool for growth, development and prosperity,” he said. -he declares.

Dr. Jaber hailed the vital role played by Kizad as an integrated free zone for industry, trade and logistics. It offers strategic access to regional and global markets with competitive operating costs and greater ease of doing business, providing a solid industrial base that attracts local and foreign investment.

“The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technologies is keen to monitor all industrial projects and support their success and expansion, communicating with all relevant partners in the industrial sector to find out their needs and requirements. We work to stimulate national factories and industries through various initiatives and financing solutions that support growth, and we continue to develop procedures and review policies and the legislative and regulatory structure to stimulate the industrial sector in order to improve its competitiveness,” he said.

Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa reiterated Abu Dhabi’s commitment to further develop the industrial sector to strengthen the non-oil sectors in Abu Dhabi.

“The industrial sector is undergoing substantial changes, especially with manufacturing industries based on advanced technologies. Kizad has been a major catalyst in developing projects that embrace Industry 4.0 applications and solutions. Strategically located near Khalifa Port, Kizad provides unique solutions, reflecting Abu Dhabi’s ability to attract investment and launch innovative projects with world-class services and products,” he said.

The National Food Products Company (NFPC) is one of the most important businesses in Kizad. It employs over 4,500 people in various locations across the country and region and exports to over 40 markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, with a focus on GCC countries and with a total value of investments reaching 1.1 billion dirhams. .

Kifah Hussein, Chief Operating Officer of the National Food Products Company, provided an overview of the company, which is also one of the country’s largest producers of processed foods and juices, produced in a semi-automated factory and very effective.

CEO Ali bin Hamooda Aldhaheri said, “NFPC has been operating for decades and our business has grown significantly over the past few years, especially at KIZAD, which has provided us with logistics facilities, flexible spaces, land, energy and everything our industry needs to grow and develop. Our company and facilities meet international standards, thanks to national policies that support the industry. We greatly appreciate the visit of His Excellency the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies and his interest in hearing about our future projects and growth plans in light of the successes we have achieved. We emphasize that the most important advantage enjoyed by industries in the UAE is the ability to grow and grow rapidly in a short time due to the multiple advantages and opportunities offered that enhance our successes and the success of investors in the UAE.

Al Tala Board Manufacturing Company is the first factory of its kind in the world to produce high quality wooden boards by collecting palm waste and recycling it locally. The company uses innovative technologies to develop and manufacture these products after obtaining its first patent, allowing it to produce 115,000 cubic meters of wooden planks annually. The factory covers an area of ​​more than 50,000 square meters.

Hatem Farah, President of Al Tala Board Manufacturing Company, gave an overview of the company and its factory, which operates on an innovative and sustainable basis.

“We started our activities with our own innovative technologies and we managed to make this project one of the largest agricultural waste recycling projects. We extend our thanks and gratitude to the UAE, represented by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technologies and the Government of Abu Dhabi, and to all Kizad officials for the support and motivation we receive, which has led to the empowerment of this project. thanks to the operational and competitive advantages provided by Kizad.

He added, “We highly appreciate the Minister’s visits, which motivate the private sector to achieve more success and strengthen industrial activities in light of the support the UAE provides for industrial projects. We are optimistic about the various opportunities here that will enhance our business in the future.

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