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Mai Dubai bottled water plant 80% complete

AI, solar panels, and automation technology will be added to the Mai Dubai bottled water factory

The project is reportedly a first of its kind for the GCC bottled water industry.
The project is reportedly a first of its kind for the GCC bottled water industry.

All three expansion phases of the Mai Dubai bottled water factory will be completed in 2018, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said.

Expansion started last year and includes work on raw materials warehouses, a bottling hall and hall for finished products.

The finished goods hall is 28m tall and can hold 17,500 pallets but has the capacity to stretch to 22,000.

READ: Mai Dubai breaks ground at new expansion project

A 1.7km monorail to carry goods within the factory is being built as part of the expansion.

The Mai Dubai factory, owned by DEWA, will be equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) to maintain standards of efficiency and quality during production.

It will also be powered by on-site solar panels and is part of the Shames Dubai initiative, a campaign to encourage resentence to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by encouraging buildings to adopt solar energy.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive office of DEWA visited the factory recently as part of broader tour to inspect progress on a number of DEWA projects, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Solar Park).

On progress at the bottled water plant, Al Tayer said: “The expansion project will allow Mai Dubai to raise the level of competition in the bottled water industry, locally and globally, by implementing best practices and the latest technologies in this field.”

Jay Andres, the chief executive officer of Mai Dubai, added: “This expansion is not only a smart, innovative and sustainable upgrade for Mai Dubai, it will house the very latest equipment in the industry and is in line with our mission of becoming a regional leading, sustainable and innovative company.”

Mai Dubai began production in March 2014 and produces low-sodium bottled water that is sells domestically and exports to Asia, Africa, Europe, and other Gulf nations.

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