DP World UAE has signed two new development projects with multinational agricultural commodity processors, strengthening the F&B cluster and capabilities within Jebel Ali in Dubai, in line with the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy 2051.
The new integrated facilities will enhance the year-round availability and production of essential grains and pulses. The concessions with Adroit Canada and Al Amir Foods in the Jebel Ali Port will ensure a reliable, consistent, and safe agricultural value chain within the region. They will be built over a quayside plot of nearly 100,000 sqm, where the companies have leased an area of 61,000 sqm.
The signing ceremony was attended by Mr. Abdulla bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director, DP World UAE and Jafza, Mr. Yogesh Raipuria, Chief Executive Officer, Adroit Canada, and Mr. Yasin Abdul Majid Ranani, Managing Director, Al Amir Foods, and other officials from the entities.
With an estimated investment of $54.5 million, the facilities will have a singular ecosystem for bulk silo storage and agri-processing. DP World will also invest in the most versatile and technologically advanced grain and pulses automated material handling and ferrying systems as part of the project. The facilities, scheduled to commence operations in two years, with be expanded further in phases.
“We look forward to amplifying trade for the UAE and the Middle East by enabling agri-trade and through our new developments in the Jebel Ali Port. Our flagship port has continually reaffirmed its leading position as a strategic trade and logistics hub. Once functional, the facilities will certainly take advantage of our capabilities, resulting in sizeable new trade volumes for Dubai and increased investments for the port and the free zone in Jebel Ali. Most importantly, through these projects, we hope to support the “Make it in the Emirates” initiative and Operation 300bn, which aims to raise the industrial sector’s contribution to $81.6 billion by 2031.”
Mr. Raipuria, said that “It is an honor to build on our relationship with DP World UAE. Our successful collaboration started from our presence in Jafza and continues with our new agri-facility in Jebel Ali. The port’s strategic location, combined with the expertise offered by the company in delivering end-to-end services across the supply chain and our capabilities, will undoubtedly amplify our business.”
Mr. Ranani commented that “Our new facility in the Jebel Ali Port will serve as a gateway to the world, expanding our reach and preparing us to meet the demands of the rapidly growing pulses market. We look forward to effectively utilizing the port’s seamless import and export facilities, extensive logistics network and DP World’s comprehensive digital platforms to expedite our global agri-food and pulse trade, contributing to the F&B trade globally.”
The facilities are expected to account for annual trade of more than $245 million, contributing to Dubai’s strategic plan of boosting foreign trade to $544 billion. With their presence in the Jebel Ali Port and Jafza, the businesses will benefit significantly from multimodal connectivity, reduced logistics costs, a seamless business environment and access to over 3.5 billion consumers.