UAE-based Al Dahra Holding and Abu Dhabi Ports have launched a new AED140 million ($38.1 million) rice factory at Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD).
Owned by Al Dahra Kohinoor, a subsidiary of Al Dahra Holding, the factory spans a total area of 100,106 sq m and will produce up to 120,000 metric tonnes of rice per annum with 40 silos, each boasting a 750-tonne capacity.
It also features storage facilities with a capacity of 8,000 tonnes, a processing unit, in addition to administrative offices and support facilities, a statement said.
It added that the company aims to create a strategic rice reserve in Abu Dhabi of about 30,000 metric tonnes.
Khadim Abdulla Al Darei, vice chairman and managing director of Al Dahra Holding, said: “Being the largest in the region and the only factory of its kind that utilises full automation of rice production, Al Dahra Kohinoor will benefit greatly from its strategic location at KIZAD.”
The factory will benefit from a vertically integrated supply chain that guarantees the sourcing of the finest quality Basmati and non-Basmati rice from India and Pakistan, the statement added.
Al Dahra Holding owns and operates a land bank of 200,000 acres, 8 forage pressing and production plants, 4 rice milling plants and 2 flour milling plants.