Abu Dhabi, UAE: – His Excellency 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 the 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 Abu Dhabi Ports Group and helping to empower the industrial sector by helping its products access global markets. including 4.5 billion consumers. global.
The visit is part of a series of visits by His Excellency to inspect the performance of industrial facilities in the country 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.
His Excellency was briefed on industrial project development and growth plans, opportunities for regional and global expansion and competitiveness, and benefits for businesses located at KIZAD. His Excellency was briefed on the efforts of the National Food Products Company, which is one of the region’s largest enterprises for food wholesale and related logistics, as well as the plans and operations of Al Tala Board Manufacturing Company, which operates the world’s first one-of-a-kind plant to produce high-quality wooden boards by recycling palm waste through innovative technologies.
His Excellency Dr Sultan was accompanied by His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al Shurafa, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi, His Excellency Omar Ahmed Suwain Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, His Excellency Osama Amir Fadhel, Assistant Undersecretary for the Industrial Accelerators Sector, and His Excellency Farah Ali Al Zarooni, Acting Deputy Undersecretary for the Standards and Regulations Sector at the Ministry, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamsi, Director General and CEO Abu Dhabi Ports Group, and a number of officials from KIZAD and the companies operating there.
A world leader
His Excellency Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber said: “The efforts and work of the ministry 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 creating value, innovation, sustainability and foresight, and building competitiveness to make the UAE a global destination for industrial investment. Today we are witnessing living examples and major developments in Khalifa Industrial City (KIZAD) and its ability to attract quality industrial investment. KIZAD provides a favorable environment for global industrial projects, which is a major tool for growth, development and prosperity.
His Excellency praised 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.
Her Excellency continued, “The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technologies is keen to follow up 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.
Innovative projects at KIZAD
HE Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) reiterated Abu Dhabi’s commitment to further develop the industrial sector to strengthen the non-oil sectors in Abu Dhabi.
HE Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa said: “The industrial sector is witnessing substantial changes, especially with the manufacturing industries based on advanced technologies. Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD) has been a major catalyst in the development of projects that adopt 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”.
National Food Corporation
National Food Products Company (NFPC) is one of KIZAD’s most important enterprises. 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 AED 1.1 billion. .
Expanding industries in KIZAD
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 all that our industry needs growth and development. Our company and our facilities have met international standards, thanks to national policies that support the industry. We highly appreciate the visit of His Excellency the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies and its interest in knowing our projects and future 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 to grow rapidly in a short time due to the multiple benefits and opportunities offered that enhance our successes and the success of investors in the United Arab Emirates. »
Innovative Industries in KIZAD
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.
He said: “We started our business with our own innovative technologies and we have managed to turn this project into one of the most important projects for the recycling of agricultural waste. We extend our thanks and gratitude to the United Arab Emirates united, represented by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology and the Government of Abu Dhabi, and 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.
About the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technologies
The UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technologies (MoIAT), established in July 2020, is tasked with strengthening the UAE’s industrial sector, including accelerating the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and solutions from the fourth industrial revolution ( 4IR) throughout the value chain.
The MoIAT has three main objectives: to strengthen the industrial base of the United Arab Emirates, to ensure the value of the country and to increase the competitiveness of local industries. By enhancing the contribution of advanced technologies, the ministry will support the country’s sustainable economic growth and ensure the industrial sector’s contribution to GDP.
The ministry will draft policies, laws and programs to create a world-class industrial development framework for the nation that will help attract foreign direct investment, stimulate value creation in the country, support domestic entrepreneurship, to spur job creation and boost exports of “Made in UAE products.
Whether encouraging the establishment of industrial complexes or building local advanced technology capabilities, the ministry will accelerate industrial development with the aim of boosting economic growth, diversification, value preservation and national autonomy.
For more information, please contact the MoIAT team at: [email protected]