ABU DHABI: The official opening of the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi is a step forward for the emirate and for the UAE, a local daily newspaper said. “Kizad, strategically located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, promises to play a vital part in the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. To be more than an energy exporter, Abu Dhabi needs diversification, not only into knowledge-intensive high-tech industries such as aviation and aircraft parts and maintenance, but also into heavy industry. Low-cost power and fuel naturally appeal to many types of business, and so Kizad has been planned to house several vertically integrated clusters of companies in specific industries,” the Abu Dhabi-based English language The National said in an editorial comment.
“Meeting the challenges of change demands careful planning. The opening of Kizad demonstrates to the world that Abu Dhabi is ready,” it added.
Kizad, as the new port and its industrial-park hinterland are known, is on a vastly larger scale: when completed, it will cover 417 sq km, offering improved efficiency for trans-shipments and warehousing, as well as for the import trade and industrial exporting, the paper reported.