Dubai: Dubai will build a new business park to host specialised agricultural firms as the Middle East’s business hub pushes for food security.
The first phase of the project, dubbed “Food Tech Valley,” will include headquarters, research and development facilities, innovation centre, smart food logistics hub and areas for vertical farming, according to a tweet by Dubai Ruler Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Dubai, a desert city that needs to import nearly all its food, has been seeking to secure food supplies along with other emirates in the UAE federation. A global surge in food prices and the disruption to supply chains caused by the pandemic pushed the country to accelerate plans to grow more crops and farm more livestock. The UAE currently imports about 90 percent of its food needs.
“The UAE’s food trade exceeds $27 billion annually,” Shaikh Mohammed, who’s also prime minister of the UAE, said in the tweet. “Our country is a global food logistics hub, and we will work to create a nurturing environment for agribusinesses to develop new farming technologies and enhance our future food security.”