ADQ, one of the region's largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi's diversified economy, today announced the establishment of Silal, a new company in Abu Dhabi developed to diversify food sources and increase locally grown, raised and manufactured food. This entity complements the Abu Dhabi government's efforts to secure food supply chains as well as to boost the supply and distribution of food in the Emirate.
Designed to protect the overall food and agriculture sector and local farmers, Silal's efforts include the management of offtake programmes and strategic food reserves. Silal will also implement knowledge-transfer programmes related to desert farming technology and other R&D projects to support an increase in local production of fruits and vegetables from small farmers in the UAE.
Silal will be led by H.E. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri who has been appointed as its Chief Executive Officer. An industry veteran, Al Dhaheri has more than 25 years of experience and he has served in several leadership positions.