Dubai-based water bottling company, Mai Dubai, has broken ground on its new expansion project in Yalayis off Al Qudra road in the emirate.
The project is said to be the first of its kind for the bottled water industry in the region, and consists of two phases that will be completed by mid-2018.
It plans to more than doubles the current production capacity of Mai Dubai, and will improve and increase efficiency through fully-automated warehouses for finished goods and raw material.
The project will also include a 1km-long monorail to transport goods, one of the longest-ever built in the region and in the industry, according to Dubai Media Office.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), officially led the ground-breaking ceremony.
He said: “After three years since the launch of Mai Dubai, it has become a very popular brand and one of the leading bottled drinking water companies in the UAE in record time.
“This ground-breaking represents another significant milestone in Mai Dubai’s journey, which will promote our success and help us attain our future ambitions.
“The 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, CEO of Mai Dubai, said: “Our team is excited about our new facility. We will get new equipment for the factory, as we believe this will be a key to our ongoing competitiveness and pursuit of innovative solutions.”
Mai Dubai’s commercial production began in March 2014. The bottling factory produces low-sodium water with a blend of minerals bottled in small and medium-size bottles of 1.5litres, 500ml, 330ml and 200ml, as well as five-gallon bottles.
It also produces cups in cups sizes of 100ml and 200ml. To date, Mai Dubai has exported its products to several countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the GCC.