Nestle has invested more than AED500 million to construct a manufacturing facility for nutrition, culinary and coffee products at Dubai World Central. The facility, which will sit on a 175,000-square-meter plot at the airport, will complement the global food company’s existing manufacturing presence in Dubai.
In a press joint release, Nestle and DWC revealed that the new facility is expected to create 800 new jobs, which showcases “DWC’s commitment to reflecting the government strategy of Dubai and UAE in terms of economic and social development.”
Nestle’s technical director, Hans Juergen Jung, explained that facility will also boost the food company’s operations, since manufacturing locally has two blatant advantages: speed and quality. Jung added that Nestle has already witnessed these benefits at its other Middle Eastern production facilities.
“The construction of a new facility at Dubai World Central strengthens our local manufacturing capabilities, giving us more flexibility in adopting our products to local consumer preferences and using local and regional raw materials,” he said in a statement. Plus, Jung said, a secondary manufacturing facility in Dubai will also provide “opportunities to gain synergies in our warehousing and logistics to serve the whole Middle East region.”
Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corp., also spoke out about Nestle’s investment, remarking that DWC will connect the company to markets worldwide — not just in the Middle East. “The partnership with Nestle further strengthens the reputation of DWC as a destination of choice among investors and businesses seeking to capitalize on its purpose-built aviation and logistics infrastructure,” Al Zaffin said in a statement.
“DWC will continue to explore more innovative ways to cultivate an environment that supports the growth plans of leading multinationals, such as Nestle,” he continued.
In addition to Nestle, a number of global enterprises, including Aramex, Kuehne + Nagel, Panalpina and RSA Logistics, have established a presence at the two-year-old airport.