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Old February 24th, 2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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#ARCHIVE: DUBAI FOOD CITY

Dubai plans Food City project worth $200m


February 24, 2009, 23:04

Dubai: A $200 million (Dh734 million) Dubai Food City is in the planning stages, according to industry experts.

Dubai Food City will be a five million square foot self-contained development, aimed at wholesale food merchants, according to Farouk Qasim, head of the food and beverage group in Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).

While the estimated value of the project is $200 million, this figure may change as costs, especially in areas such as construction are decreasing.

It will be a free zone development and will be able to hold between 400 to 500 companies.

"It will make it easier if everything is under one roof, such as inspections for customs, warehousing [and so on]. It will be a one-stop shop," Qasim told local media during a DCCI business event held on the sidelines of the Gulfood exhibition.

While Dubai Food City is still in the planning stages, it will be rolled out in four phases with phase one expected to be completed by 2012.

Qasim said ideally the city would be next to a seaport as the majority of exports go by sea.

Dubai Food City will increase food security in the UAE which already imports 90 per cent of its food.

"It will make prices more competitive and will allow sufficient stock at any given time right on your doorstep, so there will never be a shortage," he said.

Hamad Bu Amim, director general of DCCI, said that the government should keep trying to secure agricultural land in places such as Vietnam, the world leader in rice, Chile, the world leader in vegetables and Sudan, where the Abu Dhabi government has acquired land.

"The government should keep these [in mind] as strategic investments. We always encourage joint ventures especially in those countries that have the infrastructure to support agriculture," Bu Amim said.

This is the latest clustered city aimed at a specific industry in Dubai.

Businesses involved in the same industry are located in one place to make trading and communication much easier.

Dubai is already host to the Dubai International Finance Centre, Internet City, Media City, Knowledge Village, Healthcare City, and Humanitarian City among others.

The food and beverage industry in Dubai was valued at $8 billion in 2008.

While figures for 2009 are difficult to forecast, Qasim said there will still be growth in the industry.

http://gulfnews.com/business/Commodities/10289262.html
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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:24 AM   #2
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Eco Architecture: Food City – A self-sufficient metropolis planned for Dubai


Eco Factor: Off-the-grid sustainable complex plan for Dubai.

Where on Earth do you see the craziest architectural dreams coming to life? Yes, it’s Dubai. After shocking the world with the most outrageous land reclamation projects, Dubai is all set for another shocker, The Food City. Designed by GCLA Architects, the Food City is an off-the-grid structure designed to make people live the greenest possible life.


Taking modern architecture to its utmost limits, the Food City is designed to feature green walls, aquatic farms, artificial roof landscapes and renewable energy generation at a scale no one has ever tried before. The metropolis will generate all the electricity it needs using concentrated solar collectors, towers draped in photovoltaic modules and piezoelectric pads in all pedestrian areas. Additionally, the complex will extract methane from sewage tanks for days when the sun isn’t shining.


Potable water has always been a cause of concern in Dubai. To ensure that the residents of the Food City never lack freshwater, the architects have envisioned the used of atmospheric water harvesting systems and the use of solar energy to run desalination systems. Moreover, grey water will also be recycled for non-potable uses.
http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/eco-a...ned-for-dubai/
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Old May 19th, 2009, 02:33 PM   #3
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I think that presiously there was a sutertall planned for this plot...
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Old May 19th, 2009, 03:44 PM   #4
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planting thousands of trees in the desert is not very eco at all
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Old May 19th, 2009, 06:55 PM   #5
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Of course it is if they can 'harvest' their own water.

The project is a nice idea, but looks more like a vision than an genuine project.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 04:13 PM   #6
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I think thats a proposal for jumeirah hills...and NOT food city...but i still like it...

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No jumeirah hills is the other side of Burj Al Arab, the location can be seen in its thread.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=617504
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 09:48 AM   #8
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well wherever it ends up to be...this isnt the best location for it...dubai industrial city wuld be a better bet for them...

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