UAE: Patchi breaks ground on Middle East’s largest chocolate factory
Located in Dubai Industrial Park, Patchi’s 11,330m<sup>2</sup> complex looks set to become the largest chocolate manufacturing facility in the Middle East
Patchi has broken ground on an 11,330m2 production facility in Dubai Industrial Park.
Upon completion, the development is expected to become the largest chocolate factory in the Middle East.
The plant is scheduled to complete before the end of 2018, and will complement Patchi’s under-construction Al Quoz warehouse, which was unveiled at the beginning of the year.
Patchi has enlisted the services of Buildmark Contracting to construct both projects.
Oussama Choucair, chief executive officer of 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.”
In addition to production zones, the Dubai Industrial Park facility will host Patchi’s new headquarters, a training centre, and supplementary service areas.
Designed in accordance with LEED guidelines, the factory will produce numerous varieties of chocolate, and feature 3,000m2 of warehouse space to facilitate distribution.
Saud Abu Al-Shawareb, chief operating officer of Dubai Industrial Park, commented: “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,” he added.
Earlier this year, Patchi became the first luxury chocolate brand in the UAE – and the first manufacturer in Dubai Industrial Park – to secure halal certification from the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA).
Patchi, which employs more than 600 people across 32 branches in the Emirates, also intends to add five new retail outlets to its UAE portfolio before the end of 2017.