ZonesCorp Highlights Key Advantages of Investing in F&B Zones in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain at SIAL Middle East 2018
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 11 December, 2018 – As part of its continued commitment to the future of food processing and security in the UAE, ZonesCorp is participating in the event that serves as an ideal platform to promote regional food, beverage and hospitality sectors in collaboration with the Food Security Center - Abu Dhabi (FSCAD).
The food manufacturing sector in Abu Dhabi has witnessed remarkable growth over the past few years as a result of booming domestic markets and growing exports. Boasting strong logistic networks and strategic location, the Emirate has built state-of-the-art capabilities to produce competitive and value-added products, emerging as one of the most important food manufacturing and processing hubs in the region.
In response to this growth, ZonesCorp has developed a dedicated F&B zone stretching over an area of 4 million sqm of prime land in the cities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Currently, both zones house more than 20 mediums to large scale factories that operate in a variety of sectors including water, soft drinks, dates, animal feeds, poultry and dairy.
His Excellency Saeed Eisa Al Khyeli, Director General of ZonesCorp, said: “The food manufacturing and processing sector in Abu Dhabi continues to achieve rapid growth in line with the vision of the Emirate’s wise leadership and the objectives of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. Given their strategic location, the economic zones developed and operated by ZonesCorp provide access to regional markets and cater to the requirements of investors of all sizes from large scale companies to SMEs to access local and emerging markets of Middle East and Far East.”
Al Khyeli added: “The economic zones developed and managed by ZonesCorp feature world class infrastructure, strong logistics network, competitive lease rates, and low operating costs proving to be very attractive for food producers.”
As a member of the Food Security Center - Abu Dhabi (FSCAD), ZonesCorp seeks to develop ‘enabling sectors’ to support ‘focus’ sectors and develop local agriculture and food processing sectors. In addition to improving food security and diversifying the emirate’s economy, the economic zones provide various state-of-the-art, purpose-built infrastructure that offers a stable and competitively priced utilities and convenient workers’ accommodations.
ZonesCorp’s F&B zones are strategically located to access regional markets, whereas its land plots meet the evolving needs of investors from large scale companies and SMEs. Similar to all the economic zones developed and managed by ZonesCorp, these zones feature state-of-the-art storage and logistic facilities, making them ideal destinations for specialised F&B companies.
Al Khyeli added: “Our long-standing experience in establishing and managing economic zones helps us meet the end-to-end requirements of our investors during set up, construction and operation. Our support ranges from identifying opportunities and fast-tracking of government approvals and licenses to facilitating access to funding sources and talent pools.”
SIAL Middle East is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA). Over its past nine editions, the event has enhanced its position as a leading platform for specialized food, beverage and hospitality companies.