Dubai Food Park signs Dh1.35 billion agreement to establish China-UAE Food Industrial cluster

Dubai Food Park is envisioned to enhance Dubai’s competitiveness as leading regional hub in the food sector. (Dubai Media Office)
Updated 10 September 2017
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Dubai Food Park signs Dh1.35 billion agreement to establish China-UAE Food Industrial cluster

DUBAI: Dubai Food Park has signed a Dh1.35 billion agreement with Chinese investors to build the China-UAE Food Industrial cluster foreseen to enhance the emirate’s competitiveness as the region’s leading hub in the food sector
The 4.38-million-square foot China-UAE Food Industrial cluster will be home to 30 food plants, including two Chinese catering companies and two advanced manufacturing plants for food packaging materials, and is expected to be completed 24 months after construction has been started.
The project, which will be undertaken with Ningxia Forward Fund Management Company, will have six major components: meals processing, packaged food processing, cold chain storage, production of food packages, e-commerce and commodities exhibition and bio-safety disposal of waste water and wastes.
At least 75 percent of the total project area will be allocated for factories, 17 percent for warehouses while the rest will be allocated for offices and other facilities.
Abdullah Belhoul, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Wholesale City, in a statement said that the agreement comes at an “important time, given the urgent global need to enhance collaboration on food security by increasing the physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food.”
“The partnership marks a step forward in strengthening bilateral relations at various levels, particularly trade and economic relations between the UAE and China,” he said.
A Ningxia Forward Fund Management Company spokesperson, meanwhile said the agreement would help meet China’s objectives for the Belt and Road initiative and “create large-scale employment opportunities and trade benefits for the world’s nations.”


Mo-Salah to raise DHL flag in the MENA region for developmental and charitable causes

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Mo-Salah to raise DHL flag in the MENA region for developmental and charitable causes

LONDON: DHL Express, the world’s leading express logistics provider, has signed a strategic partnership with Egyptian football superstar Mohamed Salah to become brand ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for the next two years.
The new collaboration will see the parties working together on a series of marketing activities and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives that reinforce the synergies between the core values of DHL Express as a business and Mohamed Salah as a sportsman and youth-inspirer.
The announcement made late on Wednesday in northern England comes just weeks ahead of Salah’s campaign to lead the Egyptian national team at the World Cup in Russia.
DHL’s CEO in the Middle East and North Africa, Nour Suliman, told Arab News that he was very proud of collaborating with Salah.
“Our partnership with Mo Salah is unique as it is the first contract with an individual player, but also it is a testament to the synergy of core values DHL Express and Mo Salah share — leadership, commitment, teamwork, precision, agility, determination,” he said.
When asked by Arab News about the meaning of this partnership, Salah said: “I am very proud to be the first player to partner with DHL, and I am happy to collaborate with an international brand.”
DHL did not disclose the funds earmarked for its CSR initiatives to be spent in the MENA region, and its region’s CEO said the initialtives to be developed are still a work in progress.
However, DHL said it has already significantly contributed to the development of the countries they operate in within the MENA region.
The company’s work includes supporting charities, working to help orphans, youth development, care and education among other causes.