DP World UAE has signed two new development projects with multinational agri-processing companies, strengthening the food and beverage (F&B) cluster and capabilities within Jebel Ali in Dubai.

According to the Dubai Media Office, the deals are with Adroit Canada and Al Amir Foods. The new integrated dockside facilities will improve year-round availability and production of essential grains and pulses.

DP World UAE’s food and agriculture terminal at Jebel Ali Port has positioned Dubai as a key gateway for global trade in the F&B sector.

Supported by double-digit export growth, Dubai’s foreign food trade jumped 11% year-on-year to reach Dhs 57 billion in 2021 from Dhs 51.4 billion in 2020.

With an estimated investment of 200 million Dhs, the facilities will have a unique ecosystem for bulk silo storage and agro-food processing.

DP World will also invest in the most versatile and technologically advanced automated grain and pulse handling and conveying systems under the project.

The facilities, which are scheduled to be commissioned in two years, will be expanded in phases.

Abdulla bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director of DP World UAE and Jafza, said, “DP World has been a key contributor to the growth of the F&B sector. Our vision is always focused on achieving the country’s national goals by supporting initiatives such as the National Food Security Strategy 2051. In line with this, we look forward to amplifying trade for the UAE and the Middle East by enabling agricultural trade and thanks to our new developments in the port of Jebel Ali. Our flagship port has consistently reaffirmed its leading position as a strategic commercial and logistics hub.

“Once operational, the facilities will certainly leverage our capabilities, resulting in significant new trade volumes for Dubai and increased investment for the Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone. More importantly, through these projects, we hope to support the ‘Make it in the Emirates’ initiative and the 300bn operation, which aims to increase the industrial sector’s contribution to Dhs300n by 2031.”

Yogesh Raipuria, CEO of Adroit Canada, said, “Our successful collaboration began with our presence in Jafza and continues with our new agricultural facility in Jebel Ali. The strategic location of the port, combined with the expertise offered by the company in providing end-to-end services throughout the supply chain and our capabilities, will undoubtedly amplify our business.

Yasin Abdul Majid Ranani, MD, Al Amir Foods, said, “Our new facility in Jebel Ali Port will serve as a gateway to the world, expanding our reach and preparing us to meet the demands of the rapidly growing pulses market. We look forward to effectively utilizing the port’s seamless import and export facilities, extensive logistics network and DP World’s comprehensive digital platforms to accelerate our global agrifood and pulses trade, thereby contributing to trade Global F&B.

The facilities are expected to represent annual trade of more than Dhs 900 million, contributing to Dubai’s strategic plan to grow foreign trade to Dhs 2 billion. With their presence in Jebel Ali Port and Jafza, companies will significantly benefit from multimodal connectivity, reduced logistics costs, a seamless business environment and access to over 3.5 billion of consumers.

The two facilities will be built on nearly 100,000 square meters of dock land, where the companies have leased an area of ​​61,000 square meters.

The project consists of an integrated agro-storage and processing unit.