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Nestle opens Dhs530m unit in Dubai South
May 17, 2017
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DUBAI: Nestle Middle East’s 18th factory in the region has been inaugurated in Dubai South by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, and in the presence of Marco Settembri, Executive Vice President Nestle SA and Head of Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

The Dhs530 million investment is Nestle’s 18th production site in the Middle East.

“Dubai South offers strategic advantages that make it an ideal and attractive destination for leading multinationals,” said Sheikh Ahmed. “It is an important component in Dubai’s vision to provide a comprehensive platform that caters to the needs of aviation, air transport, commercial, and logistics businesses.”

“Nestle has been the early mover to Dubai South having realised its potential as the economic platform for the future. They have leveraged our excellent infrastructure and ease of doing business to further grow their business. We’re delighted to see Nestle growing stronger in the region,” said Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South.

“The Al-Maha factory underlines our commitment to our customers, our willingness to invest and create jobs, and our ambition to minimize our environmental impact,” said Marco Settembri.

“This investment is another milestone in our more than 80 years in this region. It shows our confidence in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates as a dynamic, stable and competitive business hub, and our long-term commitment to the people of the Middle East.” The new factory employs 340 men and women stemming from 20 different nationalities. Sixty per cent of the team is under 30 years old. Nestle already operates two other factories in Dubai Investment Park, one for Nestle Waters, and another for Nestle Dubai Manufacturing.

“Nestle Al-Maha is yet another way for us to meet our commitment to the Middle East,” said Yves Manghardt, Chairman and CEO Nestle Middle East FZE. “Manufacturing locally enables us to source locally, invest locally, make tailored products to better meet local needs, and serve communities in the region more rapidly and more effectively.”

WAM

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