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Unilever’s new Dubai plant to produce ‘Made in UAE’ labelled brands for export


The 100,000 sqm facility in Dubai Industrial Park will produce 100,000 tons annually and zero waste to landfill

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Unilever’s Dubai Personal Care (DPC) manufacturing facility located in Dubai Industrial Park, UAE, features state-of-the-art technology, modular design, and faster production lines to cut lead time to market by 80%. Set up with an AED1billion investment, the 100,000 square meter facility is the MENA’s largest personal care liquids manufacturing unit in investment, output and size. The plant will manufacture Unilever’s key beauty and personal care brands such as Dove, Fair & Lovely, Lifebuoy, Vaseline, Clear, TRESemmé, and Sunsilk and label them ‘Made in UAE’.

Supporting Unilever’s commitment of becoming carbon positive by 2030, and the UAE’s Clean Energy Strategy, DPC is one of the first factories in the region to have both Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal systems for one manufacturing plant. This makes it the UAE’s largest private solar park.

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever, said, “Choosing the UAE was a strategic decision. It is a trade corridor that connects the East and West, with important growth potential and world class infrastructure. Our new factory is testament to that – as the UAE’s largest private solar park, it reflects a shared vision of driving resilient, sustainable growth, underpinned by innovation.”

SanjivKakkar, executive vice president MENA, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, added, “This facility will produce 100,000 tons annually and all products will carry a ‘Made in UAE’ label. 80% of these will be exported globally to Europe, Africa and MENA countries.”

Unilever announced that the factory is expected to create up to 400 jobs locally. At least 40% of the work force will be women to drive gender diversity and inclusion, with 36% female plant staff working in process engineering, operations, production planning, management, etc.

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