Dubai South picked to host world's largest vertical farm

Emirates Flight Catering will expand its operations in the aviation district to build the vertical farm in a joint venture with Crop One Holdings

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 9, 2018

ubai South will host the world’s largest vertical farm under a new agreement signed with Emirates Flight Catering.

Under the agreement, Emirates Flight Catering will expand its operations in the aviation district to build the vertical farm in a joint venture with Crop One Holdings.

The facility, which will cover 130,000 square feet, represents an investment of AED146.8 million ($40 million).

The construction of the facility is scheduled to start in November and will take about one year to complete. The first products are expected to be delivered to Emirates Flight Catering’s customers including 105 airlines and 25 airport lounges, in December 2019.

At full production, the vertical farm facility will harvest 2,700kg of high-quality, herbicide-free and pesticide-free leafy greens daily, using 99 percent less water than traditional farms.

Emirates Flight Catering already operates a transit restaurant, and has also opted to establish its new ventures at Dubai South.

Khalifa Suhail Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said: 'The construction and operations of the world’s largest vertical farm in Dubai South will benefit the district and airlines flying from Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai International Airport, where Emirates Flight Catering is considered one of the leading partners in the aviation industry.

'The location of the farm in the Aviation District will ensure quick delivery and high quality of the produce'.

Saeed Mohammed, CEO of Emirates Flight Catering, added: 'We are constantly looking at ways to improve our productivity, product and service quality. Building our vertical farming facility in the Aviation District we will deliver our fresh products from farm to fork within hours of harvest, while significantly reducing our environmental footprint.'

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