AD Ports Group, the operator of Industrial Cities and Free Zones in Abu Dhabi, has launched Kezad Group to consolidate and grow its Economic Cities and Free Zones offering as it seeks to strengthen the emirate’s position as an industrial and manufacturing hub.
The company’s Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) and ZonesCorp (specialized economic zones) have been integrated into the newly formed Kezad Group (Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi Group), which comprises 12 economic zones with a total area of 550 square kilometres, including 100 square kilometers designated as free zones, AD Ports said on Monday.
Kezad has more than 300,000 square meters of pre-built storage facilities and 40 staff accommodation complexes with a capacity of 450,000 beds located in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Al Dhafra region, including the 77,000 beds it operates.
In total, it has more than 1,750 clients from 17 industrial and economic sectors serving a variety of key industries.
“The launch of the Kezad Group, which brings together our Economic Cities and Free Zones assets, supports the expansion of dedicated ecosystems for strategic industries, driving access to international markets, integrating advanced technologies and accelerating the transition to a circular economy,” he said. Mohamed Al. Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO of AD Ports Group.
Established to align with the recently launched UAE Industrial Strategy and Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy, Kezad will offer increased opportunities for investors looking to optimize every segment of their supply chain, the company said.
Under the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy, the government is investing AED10 billion ($2.72 billion) in six industrial programs to more than double the size of the emirate’s manufacturing sector to AED172 billion by 2031. This will create 13,600 jobs. skilled labor, with particular attention to hiring Emiratis. .
The strategy aims to strengthen the emirate’s position as the most competitive industrial hub in the region.
Kezad will be solely responsible for managing the process of planning, developing, operating, regulating and promoting the combined assets under AD Ports Group’s Economic Cities and Free Zones portfolio, which represents 55 percent of the UAE’s industrial area.
“The combination of the portfolio’s assets will drive further investment and develop a stronger portfolio of products and services for businesses and investors locally, regionally and internationally,” the company said.
It will offer a greater variety of locations, greater price options, quality of infrastructure, ease of doing business, and integrated services through unified processes and focused offerings for customers.
“Kezad Group will leverage the synergies between their combined assets and use our collaborative expertise to fully support the priority industrial sectors identified…in the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy,” said Abdullah Al Hameli, Executive Director of Economic Cities and Free Zones at AD PortsGroup.
The group plans to invest in dedicated infrastructure for key industrial sectors to create new sources of revenue, such as upgraded gas networks for metal and other heavy industries, and wholesale markets for food and automobiles, the company said.
“Kezad Group is now responsible for the largest integrated trade, logistics and industry hub in the region and is the largest operator of purpose-built economic zones and residential cities for workers in the UAE,” CEO Mohamed Al Ahmad said.
“We will deploy this enhanced scale to fully support strategic industries and enable sustainable diversification and growth.”
Established in 2006, AD Ports Group owns and operates 10 ports in the United Arab Emirates, including Khalifa Port, Zayed Port, Mussaffah Port, Fujairah Terminals, Community Ports, Kamsar Port and Terminal of Abu Dhabi cruise ships, as well as a terminal in Guinea.
It also runs an end-to-end logistics business, as well as offering a range of maritime services.
Updated: September 19, 2022, 9:03 am