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Dubai to get the world's biggest privately-owned date factory

Source:Construction Week Online

By early 2022, Dubai will be home to the world's biggest privately-owned date factory, as Al Barakah Dates revealed its plans to expand its existing facility in Dubai Industrial City, the region's largest manufacturing and logistics hub.

As part of its plan, the company will more than double the size of its existing facility to be able to process over 100,000 tonnes of date and date products annually, which is equivalent to almost half of the UAE’s entire domestic harvest, to become the world’s single largest processor of date ingredients.

The new factory will cover a total area of 55,741.8m2, including 39,019.3m2 of dedicated processing and cold storage space. The facility is scheduled oto be completed in and early 2022.

To support global decarbonisation efforts, the sustainable facility will be equipped with more than 6,500 solar panels to offset 3,000 tonnes of emissions per year.

Its expansion comes as date production rises year-on-year, driven by demand for healthier sugar alternatives and fuelled by modern technologies that have helped the products compete as healthy and vegan alternatives to sugar and other fructose-based products.

Yousuf Saleem, managing director of Al Barakah Dates commented: “This expansion will allow us to further grow our range of organic and conventional date products to cater to the growing needs of health-conscious consumers around the world. Today we have taken the traditional date and transformed it into various ingredients that serve as direct sugar replacements. These include pastes, syrups and date sugars. Dubai Industrial City and their team have been a pillar of our growth by offering world-class infrastructure and facilities.”

Saud Abu Al Shawareb, Managing Director of Dubai Industrial City, said: “We are pleased to play a role in the ongoing success story of Al Barakah Dates, and we eagerly anticipate the completion of its new facility to add yet another record-breaking achievement to Dubai’s growing list of accomplishments in the manufacturing space. As a leader in the date market, Al Barakah’s expansion will contribute significantly to the UAE’s national food security efforts, while also testifying that our holistic ecosystem is well-placed to serve the specialised needs of food and beverage leaders and support them onto their next phase of growth.”

Dubai Industrial City provides intelligent infrastructure and integrated solutions for manufacturers and businesses. It is a key stakeholder in the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, tasked with developing priority areas including the food and beverage industry.

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