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Global giant Unilever starts work on $272m Dubai factory

New personal care manufacturing facility to meet 'growing local demand'; set to generate up to 400 jobs

Global giant Unilever starts work on $272m Dubai factory

Unilever, one of the world's biggest global brands, has started work on a new $272 million manufacturing facility in Dubai which will provide hundreds of jobs.

The company, which produces products such as Dove, Lifebuoy, Vaseline and Lipton, said it has broken ground work at the personal care manufacturing site in Dubai Industrial City.

Unilever said in a statement that the new factory aims to meet "growing local demand" for personal care products.

It added that the new facility carries an investment by Unilever and its suppliers which will exceed AED1 billion ($272 million) and will also generate up to 400 jobs.

"The demand for personal care products in the regional market is tremendous and we are seeing rapid growth year on year. Our new facility is a key component to achieving our vision of doubling the size of our business while halving our environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact," said Sanjiv Kakkar, executive vice president, Unilever MENA, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

"This investment is also part of our ongoing commitment to the UAE and its long-term ambition of achieving sustainable economic development."

The majority of the goods manufactured in the new facility will cater to the MENA countries, he added.

Abdulla Belhoul, CEO, Dubai Industrial City said: "The new Unilever facility is a unique example of how industrial growth can exist hand-in-hand with sustainability for the greater good of the community.

"As the UAE economy deepens its focus on diversification into non-oil sectors, the industrial sector is set to witness greater growth than ever before. Towards this priority, one of our key goals at Dubai Industrial City is to offer an advanced, state-of-the-art infrastructure and systems that conform to global standards and exceed the expectations of our international clients."

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