The Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA) is currently participating in the 26th edition of the Gulfood 2021 Exhibition which kicked off at the Dubai World Trade Centre and lasts until the February 25 amid the participation of 2,500 companies from 85 countries.
HFZA’s participation in Gulfood, which is the world’s largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition, comes as part of its commitment to fulfilling the current and evolving needs of the local, regional, and global food sector.
“We are delighted to take part in this great event, which brings together the most renowned international food brands, and we look forward to welcoming visitors at our stand to learn more about Hamriyah Free Zone and Sharjah Food Park which is the first and largest integrated facility dedicated to the food industry,” HFZA said in a tweet.
Extending over an area of 11 million square feet, Sharjah Food Park is home to 1,700 companies operating in food manufacturing, preservation, packaging, re-packaging, import, and export to markets around the globe.
Starting from 2,500 sq m, Sharjah Food Park offers investors and companies various plots of land to operate their businesses, as well as all food licences, with state-of-the-art logistics, sophisticated warehouses, and modern office spaces.
Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, Director of Hamriyah Free Zone Authority, said: “Participating in Gulfood is part of our annual agenda at HFZA, owing to its importance as a global platform for food and beverage trade, through which we promote our local products and help them penetrate new markets, as well as highlight HFZA’s investment privileges provided to companies and investors.”
“When it comes to Sharjah Food Park, it is considered an integrated business environment for the international food companies willing to establish a firm foothold in the global food sector and to have a better reach for local and regional markets, thanks to our sophisticated infrastructure and the numerous benefits we provide to meet the aspirations and needs of our investors,” he added.
Al Mazrouei further said: “It’s not surprising that HFZA in general and Sharjah Food Park, in particular, are home to the world’s top food and beverage companies, thanks to our outstanding facilities, on-site customs services, and state-of-the-art logistics, including modern warehouses that are equipped with advance cooling systems for ideal food preservation.”
IMPORTANCE OF FOOD SECURITY
Al Mazrouei made it clear the Covid-19 pandemic has proven the importance of food security, where logistics and an integrated supply chain are two major components of maintaining the supply chain. From this perspective, we, at HFZA, have been keen to establish a world-class transport network along with storage facilities proximate to airports and ports.
“This stems from the fact that the food sector is one of the key economic sectors that Sharjah is keen to upgrade, as part of the objectives of the UAE National Food Security Strategy and in line with the directives and visions of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who always calls for economic diversification and attraction of investments that add a value to the emirate’s economy and enhance the sustainability of growth,” he concluded.
Sharjah Food Park, the region’s first and largest integrated city for the food industry, provides various lands, stores, offices, services, facilities, and over 136 warehouses of different sizes starting from 200 – 600 square feet that are equipped with advanced cooling systems, in addition to the warehouses dedicated to perishable goods.
In addition to the services provided by the Zone’s Food Department, Sharjah Food Park also provides accommodations with a capacity of more than 26,000 workers.
When visiting HFZA’s stand, a team of experts will be ready to provide you detailed information about the benefits of investing in HFZA and the facilities provided to the existing companies and those who are willing to kick off their investments over there. This includes issuing licences, health certificates for food export, no-objection certificates, and official approvals. Additionally, HFZA offers its investors the necessary training and support and food inspection services, besides its role in facilitating the communication between investors and the local authorities concerned. -- Tradearabia News Service