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The $40m Bustanica hydroponic farm, located near Dubai World Central, will produce more than a million kilos of high-quality leafy greens with 95% less water than conventional farming
The 330,000 sq ft facility was built using innovative off-site construction methodologies, saving time, reducing waste and reducing work hours
AMANA also achieved a health and safety milestone of more than one million work hours without any lost time injury at the project
Dubai, UAE; XX August 2022: Regional leader in design-build construction, Group AMANA has marked a major milestone as it has delivered its first-ever vertical farm in the region, which will boost long-term food security and self-sufficiency in the UAE.

The high-tech hydroponic facility in Dubai South was constructed by AMANA Contracting in collaboration with Crop One Holdings and Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC). The $40m Bustanica hydroponic farm, spans 330,000 sq ft and is located in Dubai World Central, will produce more than a million kilos of high-quality leafy greens with 95% less water than conventional farming and will boost the UAE’s food security. The produce will be available on certain Emirates flights and for consumers to purchase across stores in the UAE under the Bustanica brand.

Joe Labaky, General Manager of UAE and Emerging Markets, AMANA Contracting, said, “AMANA continues to push the boundaries of innovation using the latest building techniques. Being a part of a revolutionary project in the UAE’s agriculture industry to ensure long term food security and strengthen national resilience is a great privilege for the AMANA team.”

To construct the world’s largest vertical farm, AMANA brought in the best and latest innovations in building and construction. The construction leader executed and installed specialised systems to ensure maximum sustainability and environmental conservation.  The project was completed on time, by leveraging advanced to maximise output on site.

AMANA Contracting delivered the project while adhering to the highest quality and safety norms, using off-site construction techniques. AMANA executed and installed specialized systems throughout the project, such as LED lights in the grow room and germination room, grow fans, grow room controls, pack house equipment, grow kit, racking, nutrient dosing systems, and germination room equipment, among other facilities.

AMANA leveraged BIM technology to develop all the workshop drawings and executed MEP using offsite construction. Given that modular techniques are more efficient, leaner and result in less waste production, AMANA ensured that the project was executed in the most sustainable way possible. AMANA also achieved a milestone of 1+ million work hours without any LTI at the project.

Offsite construction is becoming increasingly popular because the industry has recognised that it is a time-saving, no wastage, super safe and clean process that benefits all stakeholders – clients, contractors, the workforce, and the environment. The turnaround time on the projects is shorter and cost overruns are significantly reduced. It also improves workplace safety and reduces environmental impact when compared to traditional on-site construction. This made it the most ideal building solution to develop the world’s largest vertical farm here in the UAE.

Last month, Group AMANA revealed its revitalised brand identity. Now organised into three verticals: Construct, Manufacture and Enhance, the transformation reflects the Group’s offerings for an evolving business landscape and the drive to build cleaner, greener, and smarter. AMANA has built a formidable reputation over three decades of operations in the region, with its commitment to sustainability, innovation, and digitalisation.

About Group AMANA:

Group AMANA are the regional leader in the design-build of industrial and commercial facilities, with over 1,500 buildings constructed across the region in three decades of operations. Committed to building faster, safer, and greener, AMANA’s three verticals: Construct, Manufacture and Enhance, all operate on the core values of delivering certainty and quality, with agility and integrity.

The Construct vertical includes AMANA Contracting and AMANA Aviation Fueling, building on the Group’s rich legacy of industrial construction. The Manufacture vertical is changing construction in the region with intelligent solutions and innovative technology, through AMANA companies DuBox and DuPod. The Enhance vertical includes AMANA Solar and AMANA Energy-Saving, which are driving the region’s sustainability agenda. With more than 8,000 employees in 11 cities across seven countries, Group AMANA continues to build on its formidable legacy, shaping the future of construction.

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