If completed the farm would cater for the entire current demand for the second most eaten fish in the UAE, according to 24 Emirates.
The plans were revealed by Bader bin Mubarak, CEO of Fish Farm LLC following the visit by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to one of the company's sites, in Jebel Ali.
Sheikh Mohammed said that achieving self-sufficiency in food production is a key pillar of the country’s National Food Security Strategy.
“Food is a strategic commodity and we look to young Emiratis to propose new ideas and projects to help further enhance food production. We have a clear strategy and sufficient resources to achieve our objectives. We are confident that we can generate practical solutions to achieve self-sufficiency,” he underlined.
Fish Farm currently has three facilities across the UAE, including a hatchery in Umm Al Quwain and cage farms in Dibba. The Jebel Ali facility currently has the capacity to produce around 480 tonnes of organic fish per year, and has produced both yellowtail kingfish and salmon to date.