Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: The Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA) has confirmed its participation in the 26th edition of the Gulfood 2021 Exhibition which will be held at Dubai World Trade Centre, from 21st to 25th February, through which the Zone will highlight the numerous incentives and benefits provided to investors and companies and its pivotal role as main contributor to support food trade and industry in the UAE, as well as its role as a prominent destination to introduce the world’s top food and beverage companies to the emerging opportunities available in local and regional markets.
During its participation, HFZA will also shed more light on its pioneering project “Sharjah Food Park”, which is the first and largest integrated facility dedicated to the food industry across the country and the region. Extending over an area of 11 million sq ft food park, Sharjah Food Park includes about 1700 companies operating in food manufacturing, preservation, packaging, re-packaging, import, and export to and from various markets around the globe.
Starting from 2,500 square meters, Sharjah Food Park offers investors and companies various areas and plots of lands and all food licenses, with state-of-the-art logistics, sophisticated warehouses, and modern office spaces.
Important gathering for industry leaders
Commenting on the participation in Gulfood 2021, His Excellency Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, Director of Hamriyah Free Zone Authority, said: “Gulfood Exhibition is the most important forum where industry leaders come together to discuss the latest innovations in the food industry and how to cope with the current developments and changes in this sector. That’s why, we are keen in HFZA to take part in this annual gathering to foster our networking with decision-makers, industry leaders, and regional and international investors who are looking forward to make the best use of the emerging opportunities in the food and beverage industry.”
Al-Mazrouei pointed to Sharjah Food Park’s substantial role in strengthening the UAE’s and the region’s food security through attracting the world’s top food and beverages companies.
All facilities are provided
The Director of Hamriyah Free Zone Authority made it clear that the Zone is playing a significant role in supporting the foodstuff industry in the country, through the provision of all facilities and resources to the existing companies and those who are willing to invest in it.
“In order to do so, we facilitate the issuance of licenses, health certificates for food export, no-objection certificates, and official approvals. This is in addition to providing the necessary training and support and food inspection services, as well as connecting investors to the local concerned authorities, and other important services provided by HFZA’s Food Department to food and beverage companies,” Al-Mazrouei concluded.
With an investment of up to 30% of the total investment volume in the industrial sector, Food and Beverage Industry is the UAE's third-largest industrial sector, with more than 568 local factories registered in the Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure and about 10% of the total number of workers in the UAE's manufacturing sector.