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UAE: Dubai Gets Its First Indoor Vertical Farm

Founder & CEO Omar Al Jundi & co-founder Grahame Dunling.

The farm is called Badia Farm — “badia” is Arabic for “oasis” — and, like other urban indoor farms in cities like New York, London, and Chicago, it’s growing a lot of salad greens. Radish, kale, mustard, basil, and arugula all thrive in indoor controlled climate farms.

By Jill Ettinger
Organic Authority
May 11, 2018

Excerpt:

The desert makes growing anything — especially food — rather difficult. Or, at least, it used to. A new startup in the United Arab Emirates hopes to reduce some of the food imports to the region, delivering fresher product that’s grown right in the desert town of Dubai.

The UAE currently imports nearly 90 percent of its food, according to recent data. But Saudi Arabian entrepreneur Omar Al Jundi, hopes his first vertical farm in Dubai will decrease some of the region’s import needs as well as contribute to the health of the residents, and decrease the impact on the environment due to transport.

“As a region that has struggled to grow crops due to largely hostile desert landscapes, our farm offers a viable solution to farming that produces harvests 365 days of the year,” Al Jundi said.

“The produce will not only be cheaper than imported goods, but fresher too, as the farms will be producing all year round.”

The farm sits on an 800-square-meter plot in a busy industrial Dubai region. Already, Badia is producing two hundred boxes of fresh produce per day in just a year. And the plan is to continue increasing production as the company finds more places in the region’s markets to sell its vegetables.

Read the complete article here.

Also: Growing up – why the UAE’s first vertical farm could be a regional gamechanger

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