Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi – KEZAD Group, the largest operator of integrated and purpose-built economic zones in the UAE, recently announced that infrastructure work at a cost of approximately AED 330 mn (US$ 90mn) on the development of Abu Dhabi Food Hub, Global Auto Hub-Abu Dhabi.
This project is within Area B1 in KEZAD Al Ma’mourah. These investments are part of AD Ports Group’s 5-year organic capex program of AED 15 bn planned between 2023 and 2027, according to a press communique.
Continuing its philosophy of partnering with the world’s best, KEZAD Al Ma’mourah Area B1 has been master-planned by Parsons. AECOM, one of the world’s largest infrastructure consultancies, has been awarded the design for secondary infrastructure within the Food and Auto Hubs. UAE-based Saif Bin Darwish has been appointed as the contractor for primary infrastructure works that have commenced in Area B1.
The masterplan for KEZAD Al Ma’mourah Area B1 will cater to a diverse range of industries and communities, encompassing several elements, including logistics hub, media hub, light manufacturing, staff accommodation services, social amenities, and more.
“The infrastructure being built for the strategically vital businesses, services and solutions that will be housed there will be state-of-the-art, in the truest sense, adding value to the overall Abu Dhabi proposition as one of the largest and most advanced industrial, trade and logistics ecosystem of the world, in light of the vision of the leadership of the country,” commented Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, CEO, Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi – KEZAD Group.
Poised to become the epicenter for food trade, processing, and distribution in the region, the Abu Dhabi Food Hub is being developed in partnership with Ghassan Aboud Group and in collaboration with France’s Rungis International, and aims to ensure food security, food waste reduction, and the promotion of sustainable agriculture practices.
The Global Auto Hub-Abu Dhabi, another venture being developed in partnership with Ghassan Aboud Group is poised to be one of the largest in the region. The project’s ecosystem will feature dedicated areas for showrooms, storage, spare parts, workshops, test tracks, auction houses, social and office spaces in addition to logistics services, government support and commercial support services, the press note continued.
“The development of the Abu Dhabi Food Hub and the Global Auto Hub – Abu Dhabi, both covering a 3.3 square km each, along with other large scale industrial developments in the area are a testament to the UAE’s commitment to strengthening its food supply chain and bolstering its position as a global trade hub,” remarked Maher Aboud, CEO, Ghassan Aboud Group.