Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi
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Abu Dhabi's four major infrastructure partners have collaborated by signing an agreement Tuesday to support the growth of AgriFood Growth & Water Abundance (AGWA), a new food and water cluster in the UAE capital.

The four partners - consisting of Abu Dhabi Ports Company PJSC, Abu Dhabi Airports Company PJSC, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), and Masdar City - will work with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) to create a supportive environment for companies in the AGWA cluster.

AGWA is led by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO).

"Our partnership with key infrastructure partners is crucial to aligning efforts with AGWA cluster companies to establish Abu Dhabi as a global leader in the development, commercialization and export of transformative solutions in the food and water industry," Badr Al-Olama, Director General of ADIO, was quoted as saying by WAM.

Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO of AD Ports Group, said the company is contributing toward the National Food Security Strategy 2051 by supporting projects that work on enhancing production and empowering local initiatives.

"The launch of the AGWA Cluster reflects our commitment towards transforming the global food supply chain through leveraging technology and forging partnerships," Al Shamisi said.

"We are pleased to join hands with leading stakeholders in the food and water supply chain to address the growing need for sustainable and resilient food and water systems while positioning Abu Dhabi at the forefront of the food and AgTech landscape," he added.

Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and CEO at Abu Dhabi Airports, noted that Abu Dhabi has created a vibrant environment that encourages innovation, sustainability, and business, adding that the company has strategically positioned itself to boost regional and international trade.

This growth will increase imports and exports, helping Abu Dhabi build stronger global trade relationships. It will also open new opportunities for business and investment in the food and water sectors, which is important for achieving global sustainable development goals, as per Sorlini.

Ahmed Baghoum, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar City, said it is a proud feeling to be a part of this coalition as it marks an important step toward establishing the AGWA cluster in Abu Dhabi.

"Masdar City is committed to advancing Abu Dhabi's sustainable economic framework, and this initiative aligns with our goals. Our free zone team in Masdar City is dedicated to providing the support and resources necessary for the success of AGWA cluster companies," Baghoum added.