The fresh produce is a rare sight in the United Arab Emirates, which is almost all desert and imports 80% of its food. It’s marketed as a healthy way for customers to reduce the carbon emissions that would be generated transporting their groceries.
The UAE’s agenda to build on its food security is evident as it adopts a combination of policy development along with disruption in the agriculture sector, with 2020 witnessing many such initiatives, paving the way for local and foreign startups to introduce solutions to boost local agricultural produce in the desert.
The new Innovation Programme has an increased incentive pool totalling Dh2 billion ($545 million) to accelerate opportunities for investors in the emirate. The programme reinforces Abu Dhabi’s efforts to invest in high-growth areas while supporting businesses and ideas that drive positive impact.
The plant, under construction by ACCIONA and BESIX, is equipped with energy-efficient Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) technology and is a critical project in the modernisation of the water sector being undertaken by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA).
ACCIONA is the EPC contractor for Jebel Ali SWRO, which it expects to complete by 2021. The desalination plant will produce 182,000 cu/m of potable water per day, serving a population of 700,000 inhabitants. Its capacity makes it one of the largest desalination plants in the UAE.
Francisco Javier Nieto, ACCIONA project director, said, “This milestone is the result of good teamwork between the client, our engineers and the construction teams. Now that we are entering the final stage of construction, we will undertake a number of trials and tests to make sure everything works perfectly.”
Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi-based sovereign investment company, today announced that it will be taking a significant stake into Asper Investment Management’s (Asper) Dorothea investment vehicle (Dorothea).
Asper is Europe’s leading independent investment management firm specialized in sustainable real assets with investment vehicles dedicated to energy transition and a track record in district heating since 2014.
The large-scale AWG is an industrial scale atmospheric water generator designed for towns, villages, factories, off-grid settlements and rural communities, which can produce up to 5,000 litres of water per day.
DEWA announces UTICO as preferred bidder for Hassyan Independent Water Producer project – United Arab Emirates
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced on Wednesday that it has selected Ras Al Khaimah-based Utico is the preferred bidder to build and operate the 120 million gallons per day (MIGD) Hassyan Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Plant, the utility’s first project under the Independent Water Producer (IWP) model.
Toray Industries has recently announced that it has been awarded orders for the supply of reverse osmosis (RO) membrane for the Al Dur 2 Desalination Plant in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Umm Al Quwain Desalination Plant in the United Arab Emirates.
While the combined water production capacity of the two plants will amass 911,000 m3/day, the Umm Al Quwain Desalination Plant alone will hold one of the world’s largest capacity with 681,000 m3/day fresh water production.
The supply of RO membranes and technical services to the plants are planned to be provided by Toray Membrane Middle East LLC (TMME), a Toray’s local subsidiary located in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The state-run Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) has rolled out $41 million worth of incentives for three agriculture technology (Agri tech) companies under its AgTech Incentive Programme, ADIO’s Director General said.