Khalifa Industrial Zone

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Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad)

مَدِيْنَة خَلِيْفَة ٱلصَّنَاعِيَة ‹See Tfd›(in Arabic)
Logitics and trade zone
Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) is located in United Arab Emirates
Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad)
Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad)
Location in the UAE
Coordinates: 24°43′N 54°51′E / 24.717°N 54.850°E / 24.717; 54.850Coordinates: 24°43′N 54°51′E / 24.717°N 54.850°E / 24.717; 54.850
Country United Arab Emirates
Emirate Abu Dhabi
Municipal regionAbu Dhabi Region
 • TypeAbsolute monarchy

Kizad or the Khalifa Industrial Zone (Arabic: مَدِيْنَة خَلِيْفَة ٱلصَّنَاعِيَة‎, romanizedMadīnat Khalīfah Aṣ-Ṣanā'iyah) was unveiled in November 2010[1] by Abu Dhabi Ports in Abu Dhabi, and officially opened in September 2012.[2]


As part of its efforts to achieve economic diversification by 2030, the Abu Dhabi Government drew up plans to launch a multibillion-dollar industrial park and ports operation on a greenfield site in Taweelah (adjacent to the newly built Khalifa Port) which would become the emirate's first industrial free zone offering 100 per cent foreign ownership.[3] By 2030, Kizad is expected to contribute up to 15% of the emirate's non-oil GDP.[4]


Besides its proximity to the state-of-the-art Khalifa Port, the industrial zone is located almost equidistant between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with extended frontage along the E11 Highway connecting the two cities. An additional arterial roadway is planned, linking Kizad to Al Ain, the UAE's largest inland city. In addition, these roads link the zone to three major international airports - Abu Dhabi International Airport (35 km (22 mi)), Al Maktoum International Airport (52 km (32 mi)), and Dubai International Airport (85 km (53 mi)).[citation needed]

Kizad’s strategic location linking east and the west, and its intermodal infrastructure linking sea, air, roads and rail, gives investors easy and efficient access to over 4.5 billion consumers within four time zones.[5]


Kizad's primary objective is to attract foreign investments with will generate job opportunities for skilled Emiratis and expatriates alike. According to the Kizad official website: "The economic benefits are obvious – by 2030, Kizad will be expected to contribute around 15% of Abu Dhabi’s non-oil GDP. It will be a powerful magnet for foreign direct investment, with global business locating large-scale primary and downstream manufacturing facilities in the Industrial Zone. It is anticipated that between 60% and 80% of the goods manufactured within Kizad will be exported, adding further value to the nation’s economy."[6]

Kizad Logistics Park[edit]

For logistics operations, firms based in the Kizad Logistics Park (KLP) enjoy facilities including high-spec pre-built warehouses spread over 1.3 million square feet.[7]


Kizad’s anchor investor, Emirates Aluminium (EMAL), which aims to be one of the world's largest single-site aluminium smelters, began operations in 2009. It currently produces 800,000 tons of aluminium at Kizad and with increasing demand for aluminium, the local market will reach 1.3 million tons with the inauguration of its phase two very soon.[8]

According to media reports, Kizad could lead to the creation of more than 150,000 jobs due to a deal signed with more than 50 local and international companies. By late 2013, these logistics and heavy industry manufacturing investors included Bauer,[9] KSB,[10] Al Braik Investments LLC,[11] Palletco,[12] Brasil Foods (BRF),[13] City Pharmacy,[14] and Emirates Calcium Carbonate Factory [15] which all signed up long-term leases at Kizad and began constructing facilities on the site.[16]

In a March 2014 media interview, Kizad's then CEO, Samir Chaturvedi,stated the industrial zone will hand over pre-built warehouses spread across more than one million square feet in the newly developed Kizad Logistics Park (KLP) to tenants later that month.[17] The interview followed on from the news that major UAE supermarket chain, Spinneys, had inked a 50-year deal to build and operate a dedicated cold storage distribution centre across 382.9 thousand square feet in Kizad.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Abu Dhabi unwraps world’s largest industrial zone", Khaleej Times. 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2013-04-08
  2. ^ "Kizad port expands economic horizons", The National. 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2013-04-16
  3. ^ "100 plus companies look to Khalifa Industrial Zone of Abu Dhabi", The National. 2011-05-02. Retrieved 2013-04-09
  4. ^ "Dh26.5 billion Khalifa Port starts service", Gulf News. 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2013-04-08
  5. ^ "Kizad- the Industrial Zone Of Tomorrow", Morison Menon Inc. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2013-06-23
  6. ^ "Kizad & Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030", Kizad Official Website. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2013-04-23
  7. ^ "Kizad to hand over warehouses in Kizad Logistics Park (KLP)", Gulf News. 2014-03-09. Retrieved 2014-03-12
  8. ^ "Emal to provide liquefied aluminium to downstream industry", Arabian Business. 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2013-04-24
  9. ^ "Bauer, Kizad announce signing of 50-year lease agreement at Hannover Messe" Archived 2014-03-12 at the Wayback Machine, Global Post. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2014-03-12
  10. ^ "KSB breaks ground on largest GCC facility at Kizad", Construction Week Online. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2014-03-12
  11. ^ "Dubai’s Al-Braik Plans $200m Silicon Smelter In Abu Dhabi", Global Post. 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2014-03-12
  12. ^ "Palletco quits Dubai for Abu Dhabi’s Kizad", Packaging Middle East & Africa. 2013-11-24. Retrieved 2014-03-12
  13. ^ "Brazil’s BRF to open food processing plant at Kizad in June", The National. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2014-03-12
  14. ^ "Dh100m agreement between Kizad and City Pharamcy", Packaging Middle East & Africa. 2013-08-12. Retrieved 2014-03-12
  15. ^ "UAE's ECCF to set up calcium carbonate plant in Kizad", The National. 2013-10-06. Retrieved 2014-03-12
  16. ^ "KIZAD", International Water Summit Abu Dhabi. 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2013-06-23
  17. ^ "Kizad bullish about growth this year", Zawya. 2014-03-09. Retrieved 2014-03-12
  18. ^ "Kizad to hand over close to 1.3m sq ft in warehouse space", Gulf News. 2014-03-09. Retrieved 2014-03-12

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