KIZAD: Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi
The first non-air related industrial free zone in Abu Dhabi which has both free zone and non-free zone areas. The total area is in excess of 417 sq KM when complete. The first fully automated container port in the MENA region. The Kizad site is located halfway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, two major markets with existing business and industrial infrastructure and is in the proximity to three international airports: Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai International Airport. At present, Khalifa Port serves 20 shipping lines and offers direct links to 52 destination ports around the globe.
It consists of Area A and Area B. Area A is divided into specific area plans to afford a myriad of industrial activities ranging from aluminium production, trading and logistics operations to healthcare equipment manufacturing.
KIZAD’s food cluster got another occupier, with Technovaa beginning construction work at the park. Technovaa is UAE based packaging products for the food industry. The other occupiers in the cluster are Gulf Printing and Packaging, Spinneys, NFPC and BRF (Sadia).
Ducab Aluminium has now laid the foundations for the start of construction of its manufacturing facility, which is set to open in Q4 2015. The facility will be built on a 50,732-sqm plot of land nearby the Kizad anchor tenant Emirate’s Aluminium (EMAL), one of the core operating assets of Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA).
To date, 71 national and international investors have chosen KIZAD as their production or logistics base. Ten of these will have completed construction and will be fully operational by the end of this year. Abu Dhabi Ports has now leased a total of circa 11 million square metres of land in the trade and logistics zone.
The pre-built warehouses which form the part of KIZAD’s logistics park are stated to be 118,965 sq m to be built in in three phases. Phase 1 of the development with 41 units totalling 46,453 sq m has been successfully leased out. Phases 2 & 3 are expected to be completed in H2, 2016.