AD Ports unveils ‘KEZAD Group’ to offer integrated ecosystem for key industries

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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AD Ports Group, the leading facilitator of trade, logistics, and industry, has unveiled ‘KEZAD Group’ as part of the plan to consolidate and grow its Economic Cities & Free Zones offerings.

The move follows the integration of Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and Specialized Economic Zones (ZonesCorp) into the newly formed KEZAD Group (Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi Group), which comprises 12 economic zones with a total area of 550 square kilometers, including 100 square kilometers designated as Free Zones.

KEZAD has more than 300,000 square meters of pre-built warehouse facilities and 40 staff accommodation complexes with a capacity of 450,000 beds located in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra region, including the 77,000 beds it operates.

According to the company, “KEZAD Group will be solely responsible for managing the process of planning, developing, operating, regulating, and promoting combined assets (KIZAD, ZonesCorp, and KIZAD Communities) under the AD Ports Group’s Economic Cities & Free Zones portfolio, that makes up 55 percent of the UAE’s industrial area.”

The launch of KEZAD Group opens new opportunities to scale up adjacent businesses and the Group will look to invest in dedicated infrastructure for key industrial sectors to enhance the ecosystem and create multiple new revenue streams, such as enhanced gas networks for metal and other heavy industries, and wholesale marketplaces for food and automotive, as per the statement.

Mr. Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmad, CEO of KEZAD Group remarked that “by providing a suite of favorable business solutions and economic zone benefits, KEZAD Group will provide an unmatched platform across strategic locations that drives growth across the region and beyond.”

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“Under the guidance of our wise leadership, AD Ports Group is committed to strengthening the foundations of the UAE’s manufacturing and industrial sectors, recognizing the significant economic and national benefits that such development will bring. The launch of KEZAD Group, which brings together our Economic Cities & Free Zones assets, supports the expansion of dedicated ecosystems for strategic industries, boosting access to international markets, integrating advanced technologies, and accelerating the transition to a circular economy. From a business perspective, Economic Cities & Free Zones provides AD Ports Group with revenue generated by long-term contracts, and stimulates further growth across our other operations, as clients deploy our logistics, ports, and digital services.”

Mr. Abdullah Al Hameli, CEO of Economic Cities & Free Zones, AD Ports Group, said that, “We are proud to launch KEZAD Group under our Economic Cities & Free Zones portfolio, bringing together the entire scope of services and ecosystems that businesses require to thrive in today’s competitive market.”

“KEZAD Group will leverage synergies across its combined assets and utilize our collaborative expertise to fully support the priority industrial sectors identified by our wise leadership in the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy. We see major opportunities for growth as we scale up adjacent businesses to better support our clients,” Al Hameli noted.

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