Abu Dhabi: ADQ, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and holding company, and Safe Haven Solutions, a Netherlands-based climate-smart agriculture solution provider, have partnered to construct a high-tech greenhouse at ADQ’s AgTech Park in KEZAD.
The automated 10-hectare project will utilize advanced agricultural technology to increase sustainable food production in the UAE.
The greenhouse facility will operate with an efficient cooling system that significantly reduces its carbon and water footprint, allowing the year-round cultivation of tomatoes and cucumbers in a carbon-neutral, climate-controlled environment. During phase two, the project will enter the commercial stage and double the growing area of crops to 20 hectares.
The project’s scalability seeks to minimize food waste by aligning production with local market demand. Safe Haven Solutions’ horticulture experts, along with local researchers and agronomists, will encourage the development of technology that is ideally adapted to the local climate and growing conditions. They will further utilize training facilities to educate and upskill Emirati talent to nurture the next generation of specialized growers.
Mr. Abdullah Al Hameli, CEO of Economic Cities and Free Zones, AD Ports Group, commented that “we welcome Safe Haven Solutions to KEZAD in support of the continued development of the transformative AgTech Park. Our robust infrastructure and flexible spaces provide ideal facilities for our partners to tailor projects and facilitate the production, storage, and distribution of food staples for the benefit of the nation’s expanding agriculture sector.”
Dr. Nadeem Mohammed Aslam, Co-Founder of Safe Haven Solutions, remarked that “sustainable agriculture is of paramount importance as we strive to strengthen food security and limit our impact on the environment. We are confident that the AgTech Park, paired with our innovative technologies, will help strengthen the foundation of the UAE’s agriculture sector as it accelerates towards securing year-round access to nutritious food that feeds a growing nation.”