Mark Yassin, Senior General Manager and Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Division of NBAD; Khaled Salmeen, Executive Vice President of Industrial Zones at ADPC with NBAD’s and Kizad’s officials
Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), have signed a comprehensive partnership agreement to leverage NBAD’s local, regional and global network in order to attract tenants to Kizad through the Bank’s range of financing solutions, banking and property services.
With Kizad targeted to account for up to 15% of the non-oil and gas GDP of Abu Dhabi by 2030, under the 2030 Vision, the industrial zone is a key part of Abu Dhabi’s drive to diversify its economy with knowledge-based and capital intensive industries.
NBAD has a long standing relationship with Kizad’s parent company, Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC). The bank became ADPC’s financial advisors last year, and supports the company in structuring and executing its long term financial strategy as it seeks to deliver the landmark Khalifa Port alongside the first phase of Kizad in Q4 2012.
“NBAD is a natural strategic partner to Kizad; where Kizad will benefit from NBAD’s local prestigious position, and its international network spanning 13 countries. The bank’s expertise and financing will allow Kizad to showcase its unique value proposition of outstanding access to global markets, a low operating cost environment and ease of doing business due to its one stop shop service,” said Khaled Salmeen , Executive Vice President of Industrial Zones at ADPC.
NBAD, has a growing international network, and Its global reach stretches from the Far East to GCC and Middle East, Africa, Europe and America. The Bank will utilize its global position to facilitate Kizad’s ambitious growth plans of attracting new tenants.
“NBAD will leverage its global presence spanning four continents, its strategic relationships with leading banking institutions in key target markets, and its global contacts to promote Kizad as the industrial zone of choice. NBAD’s broad products and services offering will contribute to further enhancing Kizad’s value proposition to potential tenants," said Mark Yassin, the Senior General Manager and Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Division of NBAD.
“The Bank is an integral part of Abu Dhabi and, like Kizad, is fully committed in supporting the Vision 2030 plan, which positions Abu Dhabi to be home to manufacturing industries with a world class service sector, entertainment and culture.”, Mr. Yassin added.
NBAD is a major financier of infrastructure developments in Abu Dhabi and offers a wide range of products and services through its business units such as Abu Dhabi National Leasing, and Abu Dhabi National Properties. The Bank has branches and offices in Hong Kong, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom and the United States and is currently pursuing expansion in selective countries.
Kizad, which was launched in November last year by ADPC, covers 417 square kilometers and is located at Taweelah, half way between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It offers free zone and non-free zone options to potential tenants and aims to attract investors to industrial clusters defined in line with the Abu Dhabi 2030 vision. The clusters include aluminum, steel, engineered metal products, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, paper, print and packaging, food and trade and logistics.