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Emirates News Agency – KEZAD Group advances UAE’s food security vision with largest integrated hub


ABU DHABI, 19th February, 2023 (WAM) — By strengthening its integrated ecosystem and enhancing food supply chains, the Khalifa Economic Zone Abu Dhabi, the KEZAD Group, is working towards making the UAE the world’s best country for global food security Vision to 2051 index.

KEZAD is participating in the 28th edition of Gulfood, one of the world’s largest food and beverage sourcing events, to showcase its products, services and business solutions and build a deep presence among more than 5,000 participating companies from 125 countries understanding.

These companies will have the opportunity to learn how KEZAD creates possibilities in the food industry by providing the right environment for growth and success. Visitors to the event will be able to see the key benefits KEZAD has to offer and hear the experiences of companies operating in this industry already in the KEZAD ecosystem.

KEZAD’s food industry ecosystem currently covers more than 7 million square meters (7.3 km2), of which 3.3 km2 is dedicated to Abu Dhabi Food Hub – KEZAD, with over 40 global, regional and local companies currently operating in the ecosystem .

Abdullah Al Hameli, Chief Executive Officer of Economic Cities and Free Zones, AD Ports Group, said: “Since the nation’s inception, the UAE has taken bold steps to align with the vision of the late nation’s founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Towards a sustainable agricultural ecosystem for ultimate food security.At KEZAD we are fully aligned with this vision and have made great strides in supporting its realization as we strive to secure food now and in the future source. We will continue to monitor the latest trends and bring innovation and best-in-market solutions to Abu Dhabi to overcome any challenges in achieving our goals.”

Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi, KEZAD Group, said: “In line with the vision of the wise leadership, KEZAD Group has taken several steps to strengthen its food ecosystem through local and international cooperation and dialogue. Investments and customers in new technologies have made Abu Dhabi a regional food hub. Our Abu Dhabi Food Hub with Rungis International and our World Wholesale Markets Federation conference in Abu Dhabi are how we think and example of industry leadership in action. We are determined to elevate the value proposition of our food ecosystem as we showcase our capabilities and experience at Gulfood 2023, and we invite everyone to visit our booth to see what we can do to impact the world and what it offers in terms of opportunities.”

The KEZAD Group’s food ecosystem includes some of the world’s largest brands including Sadia, Pinar, Oasis, Nestle, Lacnor, Al Kabeer and AlDahra Kohinoor.

KEZAD’s upcoming projects include PRAN Foods’ AED 110 million facility covering more than 42,000 square meters for local production and export in the MENA region, and a 2 million square meter facility with further expansion planned 3 million square meters to build Al Rawabi dairy production facility. The AED650 million dairy farm will house 10,000 Al Rawabi cows and increase their export efforts to the wider GCC region.


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