Al Rawabi to Set Up AED 650 million Dairy Production Facility in KIZAD

  • will provide end-to-end dairy production amenities
  • The project will support the agricultural sector in Abu Dhabi, and expand Al Rawabi’s export potential to the GCC region and beyond

Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 8, 2022: KIZAD, part of AD Ports Group’s Economic Cities & Free Zones (EC&FZ) cluster, today announced the signing of a lease agreement with Al Rawabi, one of the leading dairy and juice companies in the UAE, for the establishment of a dairy production facility in Abu Dhabi designed to meet growing consumer demand.

Under this agreement, Al Rawabi will initially develop two square kilometres in KIZAD with an additional three square kilometres slated for the future. The dairy farm, with an investment of AED 650 million will be home to 10,000 Al Rawabi cows and increase their export efforts across the wider GCC region.

Abdullah Al Hameli, Head of Economic Cities & Free Zones Cluster, said: “Al Rawabi’s confidence in KIZAD is a testament to AD Ports Group’s commitment to driving the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy through the supply of high-quality dairy and food products, while also contributing to the growth of the nation’s industrial sector.

In addition to supporting the advancement of local farms and creating job opportunities in the local farming sector, our agreement presents a positive boost for regional consumers by offering easier access to fresh produce.”

Prof. Dr. Ahmed El Tigani, CEO, Al Rawabi, said:“Al Rawabi’s investment in KIZAD’s food ecosystem will enable us to service a broader scope of consumers both in the UAE and the wider region. The strategic location, access to food-related services, and readiness of land area in KIZAD will help Al Rawabi grow its operations long-term, increasing business reach and potential export across markets.

“Today, Al Rawabi can look forward to growing market share in the UAE, GCC, and Africa by leveraging the strategic location in KIZAD that offers a fully integrated trade and logistics platform to facilitate export across the emirates and the region. We expect to produce 23 million litres in the first operational year out of KIZAD, and to move approximately 1,000 containers of goods annually.”

Driven by a workforce of over 200 skilled people, Al Rawabi’s dairy production facility in KIZAD will include milk parlours, a dairy plant, a mechanic and maintenance workshop, a feed factory, staff accommodation, and a biogas plant, along with fertilizer manufacturing amenities that will also support the wider agriculture ecosystem in Abu Dhabi.

Al Rawabi will apply the latest technologies in processing waste resulting from the project that will include the production of green energy. Additionally, 10 megawatts of clean power will be generated by equipping a large portion of site assets with solar panels, reducing the operational costs and CO2 emissions at the site.

Al Rawabi will also benefit from proximity to KIZAD’s recently launched Regional Food Hub – Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Rungis, set to be one of the region’s largest multi-category wholesale food trading and logistics platforms.

Located near Khalifa Port, KIZAD provides customers with world-class infrastructure, competitive utilities, in addition to direct access to a multimodal transport network with links over the sea, road, and air, as well as rail in the future.


Photo Caption: Signing ceremony of a lease agreement between KIZAD, part of Abu Dhabi Ports Group, and Al Rawabi.

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Established in 2006, AD Ports Group today serves as the region’s premier facilitator of logistics, industry, and trade, as well as a bridge linking Abu Dhabi to the world. Listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX: ADPORTS), AD Ports Group’s vertically integrated business approach has proven instrumental in driving the emirate’s economic development over the past decade.

Operating several clusters covering Ports, Economic Cities & Free Zones, Maritime, Logistics, and Digital, AD Ports Group’s portfolio comprises 10 ports and terminals, and more than 550 square kilometres of economic zones within KIZAD and ZonesCorp, the largest integrated trade, logistics, and industrial business grouping in the Middle East.

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Established in 2010 and operational since 2012, KIZAD is a subsidiary of AD Ports Group, under its Economic Cities & Free Zones portfolio. Strategically located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai – with the deep-water Khalifa Port as its maritime gateway – KIZAD is Abu Dhabi’s integrated trade, logistics and industrial hub facilitating sustainable growth in metals, polymers, food, automotive, water and oil and gas. KIZAD is one of the world’s largest industrial zones, spanning across 410 square kilometres.

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About Al Rawabi

Al Rawabi is part of the heritage of the UAE and one of the country’s leading Dairy & Juice companies. Al Rawabi UAE based dairy farm currently has over 18,000 cattle that operates around the clock with our production facility operating 24 hours.

An award-winning UAE-based company, we serve more than one million customers per day and Al Rawabi currently produces 450,000 liters of dairy products and 150,000 liters of juice products per day.

Al Rawabi tagline is the “Nation’s Health” – by offering high-quality products that help with the rising deficiencies in the region – is to contribute to people having a healthy and happy lifestyle, which – in return – makes them productive members of society.

It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the nation for over 30 years.

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