Al Khat Packaging subsidiary Gulf Printing and Packaging signs 50-year land-lease agreement with Kizad for new facility in Abu Dhabi, UAE, that will produce folding paper packaging and printing products for Middle East markets, begin operations in 2016

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates , July 2, 2014 () – Officials from Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) announced the signing of a 50 year land-lease agreement with Gulf Printing and Packaging Co., a new subsidiary of Al Khat Packaging Co., one of the largest producers of printing and packaging materials in the State of Kuwait.

By signing the agreement, Al Khat Packaging Co. – the only approved provider of packaging materials for McDonalds in the entire Middle East – is further expanding its manufacturing capacity and is set to meet the requirements of various supply contracts covering the region.

The AED 80-million-facility is expected to commence operations in 2016. It will be Al Khat's first production plant outside of Kuwait. Located in Kizad's "Mixed Use" cluster, the plant will cover a 237,516 square foot plot of land and produce folding paper packaging and printing products, especially for the UAE, Saudi Arabian and South African markets.

At the recently held signing ceremony, Engineer Khaled Salmeen, CEO, Kizad, welcomed a delegation of senior members from Al Khat Packaging Co. The delegates included Mohamed Abou Khalid, General Manager, Samer Hassan, Deputy General Manager, and Emad Farouk Mohamed, Financial and Administration Manager.

"Gulf Printing and Packaging will considerably add to Kizad's industrial landscape which offers advanced infrastructure and facilities designed in line with international best practices", said Engineer Salmeen and continued:

"We are delighted to welcome our Kuwaiti business partners who will significantly benefit from Kizad's strategic location with market access to 4.5 billion people worldwide, its multimodal transportation network, which includes our flagship deep water Khalifa Port, as well as its business friendly environment and competitive operating costs."

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