The Dh5.5 billion Dubai Food Park will serve as a one-stop hub for the food sector. Image Credit: Dubai Media Office

DUBAI: The first-of-its-kind in the region, Dubai Food Park is located in Dubai Wholesale City, in proximity to Dubai South, only 10 minutes away from Al Maktoum International Airport and the Expo 2020 Dubai site, and a 15 minutes drive from Jebel Ali Free Zone. 

With this project, Dubai Holding seeks to enhance Dubai’s position as a leading regional hub for food trade and re-export of foodstuffs.

Given that food trade makes up 11 per cent of the UAE’s GDP, and that the food industry is estimated to grow by 70 per cent to Dh23 billion by 2030, the park seeks to offer all categories of food-related services, including modern infrastructure and ancillary services. 

“Dubai Food Park has been established to meet the growing demand from the food sector in the UAE and the region, triggered by population growth and the development of the tourism sector. There is an increased need for specialised logistical services that ease supply chain costs, as well as for more dedicated spaces to accommodate the fast growing operations of food companies in Dubai,” said Abdulla Al Habbai, Chairman of Dubai Holding.

Dubai Food Park includes a central wholesale market that serves the retail, hospitality and food service sector, a logistics area, an area for complementary services such as packing, repacking, and processing, and a dedicated area for handling packaged goods.

It will also host employees’ accommodation, in addition to hotels, financial services, a centre for integrated government services and recycling organic waste. With these features and facilities, the park will be a world-class eco-friendly business community.

“The Park represents a valuable opportunity for these companies to strengthen their presence and contribute to enhancing food security in the UAE and the region. While focusing on business growth, UAE-based food companies also recognise innovation as an important factor of success,” Al Habbai said.

“While this project is a unique commercial opportunity, it also provides the right platform for developing this vital sector and providing an exceptional experience that will contribute towards revolutionising the sector on a global level.”

Dubai Holding revealed that it is currently in the final stages of negotiations with leading international food companies headquartered in Dubai that are seeking further growth and expansion. The aim of these negotiations is to facilitate these companies’ plans to join the Dubai Food Park.