- 122,000 sq feet facility to include production zones, stores, service areas and Patchi’s new state-of-the-art headquarters
- To feature training center for chocolate masters/professionals
- Facility integrates sustainable design following LEED guidelines
Dubai-UAE: Patchi, the leading luxury chocolatier in the UAE and the Middle East region, has announced the ground-breaking for its new chocolate manufacturing facility at Dubai Industrial Park. Designed to become the largest with 122,000 square feet facility will also host Patchi’s headquarters to complement the company’s ongoing growth and business in the region and across the world.
The ground-breaking ceremony drew the presence of Saud Abu Al Al-Shawareb, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Industrial Park, Abdulla Belhoul, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Wholesale City and Oussama Choucair, Chief Executive Officer, Patchi UAE.
Speaking on the occasion, Saud Abu Al-Shawareb, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Industrial Park, said: “Patchi’s decision to build its new headquarters at Dubai Industrial Park is timely and will serve as its springboard for the Middle East market and beyond. The brand’s presence signals the status of Dubai Industrial Park as an ideal destination for manufacturers to establish and grow their businesses within an enabling and inspiring work environment. We are confident the new facility will allow Patchi to continue to register an exemplary growth trajectory and exceed consumer expectations.”
Al-Shawareb added: “We have a growing partner base of key players in the food sector and are committed to providing them with integrated offerings and a cost effective and efficient business ambience, while sustaining our leadership in the manufacturing industry.”
For his part, Oussama Choucair, Chief Executive Officer at Patchi, said: “We are so proud to have chosen Dubai and the UAE to build Patchi’s largest and most innovative factory in the world. The new manufacturing plant will be one of its kind with so many exclusive offerings aligned with the UAE Vision 2021, to be revealed at the opening that has been scheduled 18 months from now. On this occasion, I thank Hussein Koleilat, Managing Partner of Buildmark Contracting for implementing innovative design concepts to ensure the functionality of the project.”
Choucair added: “We have full confidence in the UAE economy and we believe there is potential for Patchi to achieve great things here, especially with the support given by Dubai Industrial Park and the all the governmental entities that shape an ideal environment and infrastructure for investors. We are very proud to have our products made in the UAE.”
Integrating the highest quality of construction, sustainability and reliability standards in conformity with LEED guidelines, the facility when completed in end-2018 will include fully functional production zones, training center for chocolate professionals, service areas and management offices.
The new factory will enable the production of different varieties of chocolates to cater to a diverse market requirement. The facility will also house 3,000 square meters of warehouse space to facilitate fast and efficient deliveries of Patchi’s chocolate products.
Earlier this year Patchi received a Halal certification from the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA). The accreditation makes the luxury chocolate brand the first chocolatier in the UAE to become halal certified, and the first halal certified manufacturer at Dubai Industrial Park.
Patchi currently has more than 600 employees across 32 branches in the UAE and over 150 outlets in 23 countries around the world.
The UAE’s high-potential chocolate market is becoming an attractive destination for leading domestic and international chocolatiers – both manufacturers and retailers. Witnessing significant increase in demand, the UAE chocolate market is poised to grow at 8% annually by 2021.
About Dubai Industrial Park:
Dubai Industrial Park, a designated district within of Dubai Wholesale City, is one of the largest industrial hubs in Dubai. The destination was established with the objective of fast-tracking growth and expansion of the industrial sector in the United Arab Emirates – especially seeking to attract players in the light and medium manufacturing sectors with specific emphasis on food and beverage, base metals, transport equipment and parts, machinery and mechanical equipment, workshops, logistics, chemicals, and mineral products.
Offering a cost effective and efficient business environment for the region’s manufacturing sector, Dubai Industrial Park today serves an enabling ecosystem for investors with integrated offerings of industrial land, labour villages, and warehousing facilities. In addition, it is also increasingly gaining credibility among companies looking for logistics solutions support, commercial office spaces, open storage yards, and retail showrooms with storage within the emirate of Dubai.
Dubai Industrial Park is strategically located next to Al Maktoum Airport and in close proximity to the Jebel Ali Port. The City provides a traffic free environment with direct connections to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and the Emirates Road, providing easy and convenient access to global transportation points via road, air and sea.
A trendsetter since 1974, and the creator of the chocolate gifting concept, today Patchi is a premium brand with a distinctive heritage, expanded and properly established in over twenty five countries around the globe including North America, Europe, North Africa and Asia Pacific.
Patchi operates five chocolate factories in the region, and four other manufacturing divisions in Lebanon, including a printing house for the production of packages, a factory for the silver plated line, the porcelain division, and the artificial flower division for the production of Patchi’s unique accessories.