Dubai Aims Food Technology Key Hub

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Emirate’s latest initiative will help attract global brands in agricultural and food sectors and promote food security.

The new Food Technology Valley will promote Dubai as a food hub of the region and attract global brands and leading companies in the agriculture and food sectors, government officials, experts and analysts said.

The project, which was launched on Saturday by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will create an integrated modern city to serve as a hub for future clean tech-based food and agricultural products. It will also serve as an incubator for researchers, entrepreneurs, startups, and industry experts involved in developing solutions that have the potential to shape the future of the food industry.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai; Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and First Deputy Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai; Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Emirates airline and Chief Executive of the Emirates Group; Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council; Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs; Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security; Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Chairman of Protocols for the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE; and Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim, CEO of Wasl Asset Management Group, attended the launch.

Almheiri said the project features a food innovation center that has been designed to resemble a head of wheat and will incorporate laboratories, research centers, and prototype agricultural systems.

“Strategically located close to universities and academic institutions, it will support the R&D ecosystem and explore and deliver sustainable solutions around food,” she said at the launch event.

“We seek to adopt and develop the latest methods for smart agriculture and food production, rationalize water use, accelerate basic food self-sufficiency, and share our successful experiences with countries around the world. This will help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and safeguard the future of forthcoming generations,” Almheiri said.