Locate Kizad on a World map, and the strength of its strategic location immediately becomes clear. Centrally situated between East and West, Abu Dhabi is the ideal location for businesses to tap into huge regional and global markets. Its world central location means businesses in the Industrial Zone can tap into a market of more than two billion consumers within four time zones. Europe, Russia, India and Africa, are all easily reached while the markets of the Far East - Asia, Korea, China and Japan are readily accessible.
World-class Transport Network; Infrastructure
A world-class transportation infrastructure underpins Kizad’s multimodal connectivity to roads, ports, rail and air networks ensuring easy accessibility to and from the Industrial Zone.
Kizad will benefit from excellent access by sea though its ultra modern deepwater seaport, Khalifa Port. Khalifa Port is being developed to accommodate the largest ships to ensure easy import of bulk raw materials and export of finished goods. An ultra-modern facility, the port is already active; receiving construction cargoes as well as alumina for the Emal smelter at a dedicated berth. Phase 1 will officially open for business in Q4 2012. Following a flexible Masterplan for development, Khalifa Port will be developed in stages and will eventually offer capacity of 15 million TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units) and 35 million tonnes bulk and breakbulk cargo.
Kizad is also directly connected to the markets of the UAE and the wider Middle East. The Industrial Zone and Khalifa Port have excellent access to the UAE’s excellent highway network which links to the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) and wider Middle East. Abu Dhabi International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai are both less than 30 minutes away, while the emerging freight and passenger rail networks will link tenants at Kizad to the far corners of the Arabian Peninsula. Meanwhile the nearby Abu Dhabi International Airport and Al Maktoum Airport Dubai, have a combined air freight capacity of 14 million tonnes per annum.
Roads in and around the Industrial Zone will be international standard dual four-lane highways, and dual three-lane arterial roads for efficient movement of goods and traffic. Interchanges are all constructed with bridges to further facilitate the flow of traffic. The road network links all major cities in the UAE, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
The option of dedicated rail links and marshalling yards within Kizad also exists. Union Railway – currently constructing the UAE component of a planned Pan-Arabian rail network linking Yemen, Oman and Saudi Arabia with the European Union and Russia - offers the opportunity to integrate rail freight facilities into the operating plan of customers’ plants, and Kizad is keen to facilitate such bulk handling capabilities into the Zone’s infrastructure.
Internal Transport Infrastructure
Within Kizad, innovations such as the Hot Metal Road, designed for moving molten aluminium, and the Modular Path, which allows for the unrestricted movement of ultra large structures, offer significant advantages for tenants.
The western side of Area A is the location of the Modular Path. This has been designed to enable large plant and equipment to be transported directly between Khalifa Port and customers’ sites. The Modular Path is integrated with Abu Dhabi’s highway network to enable the movement of large loads and structures to the city and the throughout the rest of the Emirate.