Nestlé Waters has signed an agreement with the UAE Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones (ZonesCorp) to build a AED100 million ($27.2 million) water factory in Abu Dhabi.
The 30-year lease covers a 43,000 sq m plot, with construction beginning this year and opening planned for 2018, the company said in a statement.
It added that the completed factory is expected to provide up to 100 jobs in its first few years of operation, producing Nestlé Pure Life brand for the UAE and lower Gulf region.
“Abu Dhabi is the perfect location to establish a new water plant, as it offers many advantages for the smooth running of the facility, and a strategic location for distribution within the UAE and lower gulf countries,” said Walid Zamamiri, managing director at Nestlé Waters for the Lower Gulf.
The factory will be Nestlé Waters’ 16th in the Middle East and second in the UAE, where an existing plant has been operational at Al-Qouz Industrial Area since 2003, then relocated to TechnoPark in the Jebel Ali Free zone in Dubai in 2010.
The new factory responds to increasing demand for high quality bottled water brands in the region, the statement said.
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