Dubai Industrial City to lay stress on manufacturing

DUBAI - Detailed master plans for Dubai Industrial City have begun to be drawn up, in the follow-up to the directive by General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 29 Dec 2004, 11:00 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:49 AM

"The concept of the city is under study and -- apart from encouraging and supporting private sector investments in industry -- the management of Dubai Industrial City plans to further promote industrial activity in the country by identifying critical sectors and promoting and establishing manufacturing facilities in such sectors," explained Dubai Industrial City CEO Khalid Al Malik.

The Dubai Industrial City will sprawl across 560 million square feet of prime land that is strategically located near the new airport and Jebel Ali Free Zone and with several access points to both the Shaikh Zayed Highway and Emirates Road.

"What will set the Dubai Industrial City apart from other such institution is our comprehensive understanding of the industrial sector. We will have an efficient and professional structured approach towards catalysing industrial activity by instituting world class international standards, setting up a dedicated industrial growth fund, industrial university, a dedicated logistics zone and a commercial area," Al Malik pointed out.

Releasing details about the Dubai Industrial City, the CEO explained that it shall be divided into separate main zones which will focus on core activities of a particular sector. These include a Commercial Zone and zones dedicated to Machinery and Mechanical Equipment, Transport Equipment, Base Metals, Chemicals, Food and Beverage, Mineral Products and other related industries.

Al Malik said the Dubai Industrial City will have a specialised logistics park that will provide state-of-the-art warehousing for its partners. "Our location is strategic and that is the key to our facilities. Logistics, express delivery and warehousing, labeling and packaging firms will find a natural partner in Dubai Industrial City as will advanced transportation specialists.

"We wanted to ensure easy access to resources and the shortest possible distance between the production point and the Jebel Ali airport and port. Our location also ensures easy access to highways so that goods can travel easily and rapidly by roads within the UAE and beyond," Al Malik pointed out.

Another major segment of Dubai Industrial City will be the dedicated area for Small and Medium sized companies. "The small and medium sector is the backbone of any economy and the easiest to promote by both the Government and the private sector entrepreneurs. In coordination with Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders, we will pay special attention to promote this sector in the Dubai Industrial City," Al Malik said.

He pointed out that not only is Dubai a nodal point of a market of 1.3 billion people; it is excellently connected throughout the region and to major world centers. Moreover, goods manufactured in the UAE enjoy duty advantages in other AGCC countries.

The formation of Dubai Industrial City was directed to ensure the focused development of the manufacturing sector. "Dubai is laying the foundations of core sectors that impact on everyday life and work, with the aim of transforming the emirate into a preferred global destination for those who want the best out of life," Al Malik said.

The establishment of Dubai Industrial City is part of an overall master plan for the emirate, which has several facets - some of which are already being executed and with many more to come.

"Dubai aims to attract 15 million visitors by the year 2010. All our activities are geared towards that aim and to the future beyond that. While the airport expansion, Dubailand and other hospitality, residential and commercial undertakings will take care of the lifestyle side, DHCC the healthcare side and Dubai International Financial Centre the financial side, Dubai Industrial City adds new pillars to the diverse attractions of the emirate," Al Malik pointed out.

The City will be governed under world-class international quality standards. It is only the first time in Dubai that industrial activity will be governed by international safety, quality & environmental standards. The standards will be set in partnership with leading global agencies.

It will also introduce the Dubai Quality Mark (DQM) for products manufactures in the city. The DQM will be a guarantee to global markets that world class recognized international standards have been adhered to in the manufacturing of the product.

Dubai Industrial City is in the process of setting up a multi-million dollar fund to provide financial products tailored to the needs of the industrial sector. The fund is being set up in conjunction with leading banks, investment houses and prominent business groups in the region. Globally renowned industrial fund managers will manage the fund.

The City will host a manufacturing and production oriented community, and will also include facilities for creating potential entrepreneurs and skilled personnel base.

Consequently, care has been taken to incorporate an Academic Area that will host the first Engineering University in Dubai.

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