DP World has initiated the construction of its Dh550m ($150m) Agri Terminals facility at Jebel Ali Port, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a strategic move to enhance food security and supply chain in the UAE.

Being developed in partnership with Adroit Overseas Canada and Al Amir Foods, the project is expected to revolutionise the storage and processing of agricultural commodities such as pulses, grains, corn, and soybeans.

Covering an area of nearly 100,000m², the Agri Terminals will be dedicated to integrated agricultural processing and silo storage.

The facility will use infrastructure like pneumatic ship unloaders and advanced conveying equipment.

DP World CEO and group chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said: “This investment will add world-class infrastructure to our flagship port, support national efforts to strengthen food security and significantly expand our flourishing agricultural trade ecosystem in Dubai.”

With a total storage capacity of 200,000 tonnes (t), the terminal is designed for efficient commodity transfer from ship to facility via an advanced conveyor belt system.

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It will be developed in two phases, with processing and packaging facilities capable of handling up to 500,000t a year.

DP World plans to commission the first phase of the Agri Terminals by early 2025.

The new Agri Terminals facility is expected to significantly enhance bulk handling capabilities by roughly 750,000mt per annum.

This investment aligns with the National Food Security Strategy 2051 and is expected to stimulate more than Dh1.2bn in annual trade.

DP World GCC CEO and managing director Abdulla Bin Damithan said: “As we expand our F&B infrastructure, we are building the foundation for a future where food security and global trade converge.

“By integrating this terminal with existing sugar processing and edible oil facilities, we are creating a comprehensive food and beverage ecosystem that optimises resources, diversifies our offerings and shows our unwavering commitment to the UAE’s vision in addressing global food security challenges.”