The announcement was made during Jafza’s participation in the 10th Gulf Food, Hotel and Equipment Exhibition, being held from February 20 to 23, 2005.
“Food industry is a thriving sector in Dubai especially since the last decade, owing to the remarkable surge in tourist inflow from all parts of the world. There is a huge market for food and food-related products in the Gulf, and Dubai which is the hub for the region’s hospitality industry, is home to a growing number of international food manufacturers, importers, traders, hotels, caterers and other related entities,” said Walid Hareb, Senior Business Development Manager, Jafza.
“The Food and Beverage Park has been launched to cater to the increasing number of companies in the food business, who are establishing their presence in the region. The Park will be built to the highest international specifications and regulations, to enable the manufacturing, distribution and packaging of all kinds of foods,” added Hareb.
The various facilities offered to companies at the Food and Beverage Park include, on-site water treatment plant operators, cool and cold stores, specialist test labs, employee housing, a choice of varied plot sizes, Dubai Municipality Office and support from the Jafza Environment and Health Department.
The Park will have factory units meant for high capacity food processing and packaging activities, besides offering warehouses in various sizes as per the company’s requirement. The adjoining areas of the Food and Beverage Park are occupied by potential suppliers, which will lead to smoother functioning. Moreover, there are several companies in the Jebel Ali Free Zone that currently provide raw materials to companies in the food industry. The Park is situated 10 minutes away from the proposed Jebel Ali airport, which will be the largest air-sea logistics and transportation center of its kind in the Middle East.
Jafza works in close partnership with the companies that set up operations in the zone, by providing high level networking platforms, publicity and business matching opportunities.
“Jafza currently houses over 450 multinationals that are into manufacturing, trading or distribution of food and food related products. Leading multinationals like Unilever, Cadbury, Nestle, Master Foods and others, already have a well-established presence in the free zone. Most companies at Jafza felt a strong need for a specialised food park at the free zone and moreover, many leading international firms have already registered at the Food and Beverage Park,” added Hareb.
Commenting on Jafza’s participation in the Gulf Food, Hotel and Equipment Exhibition, Abdalla Al Banna, Marketing Manager, Jafza, said, “The Gulf Food Exhibition is the leading show of its kind in the Middle East and we hope to attract exhibitors who are part of the booming food business in the region. We have already gained a lot from our participation in the event, as our range of facilities that will be offered to companies at the Food and Beverage Park, generated a lot of interest at the show. This is an ideal platform for us to interact and network with other high profile participants.”
More than 1,300 manufacturers and distributors from around the world, involved in the food and hospitality business, in addition to buyers from over 70 countries are taking part in the Gulf Food, Hotel and Equipment Exhibition being held at Dubai International Exhibition Center.
Jafza is organising a business matching session today evening, (February 21, 2005) at Dubai Cruise Terminal. The highlight of this programme will be an interactive session between the participants of the Gulf Food Exhibition and the exhibitors from Iraq. The Gulf Food Exhibition plays a vital role in promoting trade between countries like Iraq, Iran, and Africa among others.
“Jafza is an ideal location for a Food and Beverage Park. Besides having abundant natural resources and logistical advantages, its geographical proximity to other lucrative Gulf markets, India and Africa, will help develop the region into the number one center for food processing and packaging,” concluded Al Banna.
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