His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, today attended the inauguration of the region’s largest personal care products manufacturing plant, by consumer goods giant Unilever, at Dubai Industrial Park. The company will mark products manufactured at the factory with a ‘Made in UAE’ label and will export 80 percent of them to Europe and MENA region.
The official opening ceremony, of the AED 1 billion facility, took place under the patronage and in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Also in attendance were Paul Polman, CEO Unilever, Sanjiv Kakkar, Executive Vice President of Unilever MENA, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, and Abdulla Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Wholesale City, as well as senior officials from the TECOM Group.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: “The UAE is accelerating its efforts to boost the industrial sector and make it a valuable contributor to the national economy, turning the ‘Made in UAE’ label into a mark of quality and global excellence. We can achieve this through successful partnerships with international manufacturers, and stimulating investments in industry.”
“Our country has become a destination of choice for the industrial sector, as it provides modern infrastructure, an investment friendly environment and a world-class legislative framework for businesses seeking to become global trail blazers.”
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed added: “This project is a role model for industry thanks to its investment in people and its utilization of the latest technologies. Unilever has made a commitment to the highest sustainability and environmental safety standards, which reflects the UAE’s vision for a more sustainable world that improves quality of life, while protecting its vital resources.”
“The industrial sector adds value to the national economy and embodies the concept of integrating human capabilities with knowledge, to build productive societies and nurture generations that respect the value of work.”
His Highness concluded: “We are pleased to see such projects come to fruition in line with our Vision 2021. Thanks to dedicated minds and increasing awareness about the importance of responsible investments, we are confident that we will achieve the vision before 2021.”
Following the opening ceremony, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed toured the plant and met with senior officials from Unilever and Dubai Industrial Park, who briefed him on the production lines and processes.
Spanning 100,000 square meters, this plant is the largest in the region, and is set to deliver the highest output of 100,000 tons per annum of liquid beauty and personal care products...Read more...