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Dubai Industrial City to highlight global food security at Anuga 2023

Dubai Industrial Citya member of TECOM Group PJSC and one of the largest industrial ecosystems in the region, will highlight advanced food manufacturing in Dubai and the UAE’s food security agenda in Year 2023a major food and beverage fair to be held in Cologne, Germany, on October 7 to 11.

Dubai Industrial City will join Dubai Industries & Exports (Dubai IE) at the exhibition to showcase Dubai and the UAE’s long-standing efforts to foster food security as a measure to improve socio-economic and environmental sustainability. The United Arab Emirates National Food Security Strategy 2051 aims to implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, and food security is also on the agenda of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) to be held in Dubai this November.

The food and beverage zone spans over 23 million square feet and is one of the six strategic sectors located within Dubai Industrial City. Since its inception in 2004, the sector-specific zone has become home to more than 100 clients, including multinational corporations and start-ups, as well as 67 operating factories. With a smart, sector-focused master plan that encourages collaboration and waste reduction to increase manufacturing efficiency, the district counts among its clients global and regional food and beverage industry heavyweights such as ASMAK, Patchi, Al Barakah Dates and Barakat Quality Plus.

Dubai Industrial City is a strategic enabler of key national programs dedicated to promoting food security and its efforts are aligned with the objectives of the Dubai Economic Agenda.D33′, ‘Do it in the Emirates’, and ‘Operation 300 billion’ Strategies to grow the manufacturing sector in Dubai and the UAE.

Commenting on Dubai Industrial City’s participation in Anuga 2023, Saud Abu Alshawareb, Executive Vice President – ​​Industrial at TECOM Group PJSC, saying,

“Effective cooperation between industry, governments and society is essential to foster sustainable agribusiness and climate-conscious industrial practices necessary to increase the resilience of the global food and beverage sector. As global climate debates accelerate ahead of COP28, it must be remembered that strengthening food security efforts is intrinsically linked to environmental and socio-economic sustainability.

“This connection is most evident in ecosystems such as Dubai Industrial City, which encourage cross-pollination between the food and beverage, agriculture, manufacturing and logistics sectors. By combining world-class physical infrastructure with value-added regulatory support and peer networks, our district is championing innovation that benefits the global population both now and in the future. We invite regional and international audiences at Anuga 2023 to explore how they can participate in our collaborative ecosystem to strengthen the global movement towards greater food security.”

Increase nutritional security

Dubai Industrial City has continued to attract innovative food and beverage industry leaders in 2023, with the Middle East’s first 100% plant-based meat factory opening in the district in March. The THRYVE factory The IFFCO groupone of the largest food manufacturers in the UAE, supports the The UAE Vision 2051 initiative to strengthen food security.

That same month, Silver Line Gate Group also announced a $54 million manufacturing, warehousing and corporate office facility spanning 1.37 million square feet in the district. The milk powder maker plans to serve customers in the GCC, Africa and Southeast Asia following the launch of its Dubai Industrial City hub in 2025.

Food security and sustainability are prominent areas of interest for Dubai Industrial City, which has entered into a strategic partnership with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) in May 2023 to support the National Food Security Strategy 2051. Signed during the launch of ‘Dubai Industrial City’make brilliance‘ awareness campaign, the MOCCAE agreement includes both entities jointly promoting the adoption of advanced technology to strengthen the local food production sector.

News source: Emirates News Agency

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