AD Ports Group Leased Out Over 2.2 Million Square Metres of Industrial Land in First Half of 2021

Rising Demand from Manufacturers in Metals, Food, Auto, Technology, and Chemical Sectors Driving Industrial Sector Growth

Abu Dhabi, UAE – September 13, 2021: AD Ports Group has announced that more than 2.2 million square metres of its Industrial Cities & Free Zone Cluster have been leased during the first half of 2021 to local, regional, and international businesses, a clear indication that demand for industrial land continues to accelerate despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses.

AD Ports Group’s Industrial Cities & Free Zone Cluster, composed of Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and ZonesCorp, has a total of 550 square kilometres of industrial and commercial land.  Demand has been growing throughout 2021, particularly from key economic sectors such as metals, food, auto, technology, and chemicals.

Additionally, KIZAD and ZonesCorp reported significant increases in the Foreign Direct Investment in H1 2021, with demand from multiple adjacent sectors including e-commerce, plastics, logistics, and light manufacturing.

Abdullah Al Hameli, Head of the Industrial Cities and Free Zone Cluster at AD Ports Group, said: “The rising demand on leasable land in Abu Dhabi for trade, logistics, and industrial activities is a clear indication that the business ecosystem in the emirate continues to strengthen and grow. Thanks to the vision of the wise leadership of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is rapidly evolving to be the optimum destination for manufacturing and investment in the region.

“Leveraging our strategic location, at the heart of the world and the crossroads between the east and the west, the industrial zones in Abu Dhabi are quickly evolving into global hubs for key sectors where businesses cater to the needs of almost 4.5 billion consumers in immediate geographic regions.”

The industrial zones in Abu Dhabi are currently home to more than 1,500 businesses including some of the world’s leading global industrial players in a variety of sectors including advanced manufacturing, life sciences and biopharma, food and agri-tech, machinery and equipment, maritime, logistics, chemicals, and plastics. 

The cluster is embarking on major projects such as The Life Science Park, which has been designed to cater for the growing demand of vital sectors, such as the pharmaceutical, medical equipment, research and development, education, as well as other health-related sectors.

AD Ports Group also has recently announced the completion of 1.38 million sqm of commercial and retail areas at Rahayel Automotive and Mobility City, the first integrated hub for the automotive industry in the region to accommodate a full range of auto-related businesses and supporting services.

AD Ports Group’s Industrial Cities & Free Zone Cluster has been serving as the catalyst and enabler of sustainable projects in the emirate. In KIZAD, Helios Industry, a privately-owned special project vehicle company (SPV), is set to invest over AED 3.67 billion (USD1 billion) in the construction of a new green ammonia facility that will produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia from 40,000 tonnes of green hydrogen.

At the same time, ZonesCorp is witnessing the development of “Block 7”, a new 820,000 Square Metre hub designed to function as a breeding ground for innovation-driven industries with ultra-modern infrastructure, robust services, and a unique setup that links intelligent living space leveraging ZonesCorp’s existing manufacturing ecosystem and serves as a platform for tech start-ups in Abu Dhabi.

Infographic: Industrial Cities & Free Zone infographic highlights key achievements of the cluster in the first half of 2021.

About AD Ports Group:

Established in 2006, AD Ports Group today serves as the region’s premier facilitator of logistics, industry, and trade, as well as a bridge linking Abu Dhabi to the world. Part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy, AD Ports Group’ vertically integrated business approach has proven instrumental in driving the emirate’s economic development over the past decade.

Operating several clusters covering Ports, Industrial Cities & Free Zone, Maritime, Logistics, and Digital, AD Ports Group’ portfolio comprises 11 ports and terminals in the UAE and Guinea, and more than 550 square kilometres of industrial zones within Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and ZonesCorp, the largest integrated trade, logistics, and industrial business grouping in the Middle East.

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About KIZAD

Established in 2010 and operational since 2012, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) is a subsidiary of AD Ports Group, under its Industrial Cities and Free Zones portfolio. Strategically located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai – with the deep-water Khalifa Port as its maritime gateway – KIZAD is Abu Dhabi’s integrated trade, logistics and industrial hub facilitating sustainable growth in metals, polymers, food, automotive, water and oil and gas. KIZAD is one of the world’s largest industrial zones, spanning across 410 square kilometres.

For more information, please visit: kizad.ae

About ZonesCorp

ZonesCorp, an AD Ports Group company, is responsible for planning, developing, and managing specialised fully integrated economic zones for investors within the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Through its nine integrated economic zones that cover a total area of more than 140 square kilometers in the cities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, ZonesCorp is shaping the future growth of Abu Dhabi’s industrial landscape, in addition to managing more than 40 workers’ residential cities and facilities.

For more information, please visit: zonescorp.com

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