A glance at the skyline of Dubai is enough to demonstrate the importance of the construction sector to the UAE economy. In 2021, the sector that is set for further growth due to increasing foreign investors and liberal economic and industry policies contributed more than AED 314 billion to the national economy. It generated over 13% of the country’s total revenue.
And there’s more to come with approximately AED 540 billion worth of projects in the pipeline, according to consultants at Kamco Invest.
National Industrial Park (NIP) will be critical to the sector’s growth. Designated for manufacturing and processing companies, its state-of-the-art infrastructure and access to DP World’s global supply chain network, make it the ideal regional hub for leading construction and manufacturing companies such as Danube, Chabros, Al Baddad, Ducon, DSS Steel, and KWIK Steel Structures, among others.
Serving UAE’s industrial sector
Home to 107 companies from 7 countries, the dedicated 1.58 million sqm industrial hub for building materials and construction companies offers innovative solutions to its customers enhanced by integrated trade and logistics services. With the help of comprehensive facilities such as fully serviced ready-to-occupy land plots and build-to-suit solutions, NIP ensures that it provides an environment conducive to construction activities.
The industrial park can support a variety of construction-related activities — from the manufacturing of steel bars, anti-corrosion materials, and insulation materials to metal smelting, steel cutting, and reinforcement of steel bars. NIP also provides construction companies with mainland licenses, enabling business operations while complying with local laws.
This is all backed by NIP’s proximity to Jebel Ali Port — the second largest port outside of Asia, which give its customers access to a world-class integrated ecosystem serving 3.5 billion people globally. Trade corridors and bridges with key markets such as India, China, and Africa, add to the ease of trade activities, enabling easy access to construction raw materials imported from across the globe. The industrial hub also offers robust multimodal connectivity with access to inter-city highways and regional rail link developments.
NIP companies also enjoy the benefits of DP World’s smart trade solutions, making logistics operations more sustainable and seamless. With DP World CARGOES, for example, NIP companies can ensure transparent and simplified supply chains via Fourth-Party Logistics (4PL) solutions and services such as track-and-trace technology, trade financing, reverse logistics, and feeder services.
NIP customers can capitalise on the advanced capabilities of Dubai Trade, a single-window platform for cross-border trade, letting them simplify their workflow by completing all their government formalities, work visas and permits and business transactions with ease. The platform plays a significant role in ensuring business continuity with the help of its Electronic Delivery Order service, which streamlines the order–delivery process for shipping agents.
Support to national initiatives
Since its establishment NIP has been at the forefront of supporting the UAE’s economic development and diversification ambitions. The UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology launched its ‘Make it in the Emirates’ initiative in 2021 to promote the UAE as an industrial hub and encourage international companies to manufacture their products within the Emirates.
In line with this campaign, NIP empowers companies through its state-of-the-art infrastructure to manufacture products within the Emirates, thus promoting “Made in UAE” products and increasing reliance on in-house resources. By supporting industrial activities and driving innovation in the country, the industrial park also plays a vital role in achieving the goals of Operation 300bn, the UAE’s industrial strategy.