The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) has announced plans to expand its DMCC Coffee Centre and DMCC Tea Centre with the intention to triple output, increase services, and boost capacity.
The announcement follows increasing demand from commodity traders to use DMCC facilities to connect with regional and international markets to gain competitive advantage.
DMCC plans to replicate the successful business model behind its tea and coffee operation by building a new infrastructure and logistics centre in Jafza to attract, facilitate and promote the trade of cacao, pepper, chillies, and spices, with the flexibly to expand to other agro-commodities including cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, cloves, ginger, sesame seeds, and cashew nuts.
Last month, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, visited the DMCC Tea Centre and DMCC Coffee Centre.
The expansion announcement was made during a tour of both facilities by a senior Dubai FDI delegation, headed by His Excellency Fahad Al Gergawi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai FDI, and Mr Khalid Al Boom, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dubai FDI. Also in attendance was Ahmad Al Haddad, Chief Operating Officer, Parks & Zones – DP World, UAE Region.
“Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, DMCC is fast becoming the global hub for the tea and coffee industry. Our ambitious plans to triple our capacity in the near future are strategically anchored in Dubai’s drive and ability to facilitate world trade,” says Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DMCC.
“Situated at the crossroads of the world, Dubai is perfectly placed to grow its market share for commodity trading, and the import and export of coffee, tea and a whole range of other commodities. To support this ambition, DMCC has developed a solid eco-system of infrastructure and best-in-class services that together, will encourage more businesses to base their operations at DMCC.
“Together with Dubai FDI, our efforts are focused on promoting the commercial appeal of Dubai to leading global businesses and SMEs from around the world. By driving commodity trade through Dubai, DMCC is also positively impacting vital sectors of the city’s economy including logistics, cargo volumes and aviation. As a result, we are supporting the government’s economic diversification plans while simultaneously contributing 10 per cent to Dubai’s GDP.”
The DMCC Tea Centre was opened in 2005 to boost global tea trade through the emirate, and has facilitated the trade of more than 320 million kilograms since inception. Building on the success of the operation, the DMCC Coffee Centre launched in 2019 – the first-of-its-kind facility in the Middle East – with the view to transform Dubai into a new global hub for the coffee trade.
“The DMCC Tea and Coffee Centres are truly unique facilities that are testament to Dubai’s unparalleled trade infrastructure and their alignment with the city’s vision. It is such projects that maintain the Emirate’s position as a destination of choice for businesses and foreign direct investment, in turn contributing to the progression and acceleration of Dubai’s diversification agenda,” says His Excellency Fahad Al Gergawi, Chief Executive Office, Dubai FDI.
“We look forward to working even more closely with DMCC over the coming period to showcase the trade, growth and partnership opportunities Dubai brings to those seeking success.”
Despite an overall softer business climate, DMCC reveals 805 new companies joined its centres in the first half of 2020, with a noticeable uptick in the months of May and June. DMCC also recently announced the extension of its Business Support Package, its largest ever commercial incentive, until 31 August 2020. This followed the positive market reaction from the Dubai business community to the original package launched in April 2020.
For more information, visit dmcc.ae/coffee