Dubai is getting a AED5.5 billion food park
Dubai is packed with places for foodies - you'll see quirky cafes, big chains and luxury restaurants everywhere you go.
And it looks like Dubai is about to up its food game even more.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has just revealed plans for a brand new food park that will cost a cool AED5.5 billion.
Dubai Food Park will be the first of its kind in the region and will be located in the Dubai Wholesale City which is 10 minutes away from the Al Maktoum International Airport and the Expo 2020 Dubai site.
The park will span across a whopping 48 million square feet aims, and will enhance Dubai's position as a leading regional hub for food trade and re-export of food produce.
The Dubai Holding property is also set to provide a range of comprehensive government services including customs, clearance, licensing, food safety and supervision all under one roof.
It will also feature employee accommodation as well as hotels, financial services and a centre for integrated government services.
Speaking on the project, the chairman of Dubai Holding His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai said: “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.”
He added: “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.
“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 revolutionizing the sector on a global level.”