Nestlé opens $144m plant in Dubai South


Nestlé Middle East has opened its new Al-Maha factory in the Dubai South, UAE, with an AED530m ($144m) investment.

Marking the 18th factory opened by the company’s Middle East division, the new plant will sustainably produce Maggi and Nestlé products.

Nestlé Europe Middle East and North Africa head Marco Settembri said: “The Al-Maha factory underlines our commitment to our customers, our willingness to invest and create jobs, and our ambition to minimise our environmental impact.

“It shows our confidence in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates as a dynamic, stable and competitive business hub, and our long-term commitment to the people of the Middle East.”

Nestlé already has two plants in Dubai Investment Park, where one facility is used for Nestlé Waters, and the other produces KitKat, mackintosh’s Quality Street, and NIDO products.

“It shows our confidence in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates as a dynamic, stable and competitive business hub."

Nestlé Middle East FZE chairman and CEO Yves Manghardt said: “Nestlé Al-Maha is yet another way for us to meet our commitment to the Middle East.

“Manufacturing locally enables us to source locally, invest locally, make tailored products to better meet local needs, and serve communities in the region more rapidly and more effectively.”

The new factory holds the Halal certification of the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), and completely runs on 100% LED lighting.

It has a mechanism in place to recycle waste from products and raw materials, as well as implements water-saving schemes.

Nestlé Middle East owns and operates 18 factories, and its regional portfolio consists of a wide range of categories such as dairy products and infant nutrition, bottled water, chocolate and confectionery, coffee creamers, breakfast cereals, and culinary products.


Image: Nestlé’s Al-Maha factory in Dubai produces Nescafé coffee and Maggi cooking aids for the local and regional market. Photo: courtesy of Nestlé.