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DP World to build US$ 150mn ‘Agri Terminals’

New facility will be developed in partnership with Adroit Overseas Canada and Al Amir Foods

DP World recently announced the ground-breaking of its new Agri Terminals facility at Jebel Ali Port, marking the start of a transformative journey to bolster food security in the UAE.

Alongside Adroit Overseas Canada and Al Amir Foods, DP World will invest a total of AED 550mn (US$150mn) to build the state-of-the-art Agri Terminals complex which will specialize in storing and processing various agricultural products, including pulses, grains, corn, and soybeans, according to a corporate press release.

With the first phase scheduled for completion in early 2025, this landmark project underscores DP World’s commitment to fortifying the UAE’s food supply chain in alignment with the National Food Security Strategy 2051, while also solidifying Dubai’s pivotal role in global food trade.

Jebel Ali Port handles approximately 73% per cent of the UAE’s food and beverage trade by value, making it a significant contributor to the country’s food security programme.

Ground-breaking facility

The ground-breaking was attended by Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General, Dubai Municipality; Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World; Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director, DP World GCC; Yogesh Raipuria, CEO, Adroit Overseas Canada; Yasin Abdul Majid Ranani, Managing Director, Al Amir Foods, among other senior officials from both sides.

The Agri Terminals facility is set to stimulate over AED 1.2bn in new international trade, aligning with the UAE’s ‘Operation 300 Billion’ strategy. The new facility is also expected to enhance bulk handling by approximately 750,000MTannually, making a substantial impact on Dubai’s trade dynamics and food security efforts.

Landmark moment

“The groundbreaking of our Agri Terminals facility is a landmark moment for DP World and our journey towards building resilience into the food supply chain of the UAE and the wider region,” affirmed Bin Sulayem.

“By integrating this terminal with existing sugar processing and edible oil facilities, we are creating a comprehensive food and beverage ecosystem that optimizes resources, diversifies our offerings and addresses global food security challenges,” observed Bin Damithan

“Through this facility, which is a crucial step towards securing food supply chains and supporting the UAE’s vision for food security, we are set to expand our reach and contribute significantly to global food trade,” commented Ranani.

Sustainable food solutions

“Once completed, our venture will significantly enhance our ability to serve global markets more efficiently, reinforcing our mission to provide reliable and sustainable food solutions,” remarked Raipuria.

Spanning a quayside area of 100,000sqm, Agri Terminals will be Dubai’s largest multi-tenant facility for integrated agricultural processing and silo storage. It will feature a total storage capacity of 200,000MT, developed over two phases, along with extensive processing and packaging facilities to handle as much as 500,000MT a year, the press communique concluded.

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