The landmark partnership between Dubai South and NuGrow is gaining momentum as the two organisations make headway toward launching one of the most innovative environmental initiatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), delivering waste recycling and land revegetation.
His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, and NuGrow’s founder and Managing Director, Roy Wilson, recently confirmed the next stage in the project’s design and development to support the 145 sq km master-planned city.
The recycling and revegetation initiative showcases the best of Queensland innovation and the spirit of partnership to ensure recycling outcomes deliver true value to the Dubai South community.
The signing ceremony was also witnessed by Queensland Deputy Premier the Hon. Jackie Trad, who also launched the new Queensland Innovation Hub at Dubai South where NuGrow will be a founding member.
NuGrow’s Roy Wilson said his team was honoured to be at the forefront of advancing environmental innovation.
“We are applying our world-leading IP to support the Dubai South team as they aim for global sustainability leadership in the collection and recycling of all waste,” Roy said.
“We are delighted to be a key partner in empowering Dubai South’s vision of greening the UAE. Recycled waste will be turned into organic composts and soil conditioners tailored specifically to this environment, creating dynamic and economically-viable solutions to revegetate the project.”
The Hon. Jackie Trad said Queensland was committed to fostering the strong, two-way sharing of innovations and ideas with the UAE.
“There is a number of outstanding Queensland businesses helping to support the ambitious vision to make the Dubai South development a smart and sustainable city,” Ms Trad said.
“Providing companies with an office space at the Queensland Innovation Hub means they can establish a presence in-market with a minimum outlay, accessing business opportunities across the Middle East.”
While the NuGrow initiative will start using imported NuGrow products for trials, it will ultimately build toward a self-sustaining operation that will provide a circular economy within Dubai South.
“Dubai South is all about the creation of a smart and sustainable city and, with NuGrow’s vision of healthier environments supporting healthier communities globally, we are passionate to deliver outstanding value with, and for, this team,” Roy said.
NuGrow and Dubai South are targeting an operational start for the end of 2018 to enable Dubai South tenants and residential communities to benefit from zero carbon emission from their waste.
This joint venture will form an integral part of the master planned city that includes the Al Maktoum International Airport, set to be the world’s largest, and that will host World Expo 2020.