Defense and security company Saab grows its presence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by establishing development and production in Abu Dhabi.
Today Saab inaugurates a capability centre for development and production of a variety of defense and security products with an initial focus on sensor systems.
Saab will develop and manufacture products for both UAE and the international market. Other examples of product areas that may be applicable in addition to sensor systems are civil security, vehicle protection and training.
The business will be located to Tawazun Industrial Park (TIP), Abu Dhabi.
The facility was inaugurated on Thursday, in the presence of Saif Mohammed Al Hajri, Board Member of Tawazun Economic Council; Major General Staff Pilot Ibrahim Nasir Al-Alawi, Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense; Tareq Abdulrahim Al Hosani, Chief Executive Officer of Tawazun Economic Council; Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab, and a number of senior officials, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
In a speech during the opening ceremony, Al Hosani said: “I congratulate Saab on their strategic decision to establish this facility at TIP. This decision emphasizes the UAE’s importance as an industrial and commercial hub for strategic industries and demonstrates Saab’s commitment to serving their wide base of customers in the region and beyond.”
“TIP is the ideal choice for our long-term partners to establish bases for their worldwide operations. With its strategic location and world-class infrastructure in a safe and secure environment, and access to integrated logistics networks, TIP offers defense and security contractors and leaders the unique ability to have full ownership of their business operations and to tap into the local and regional opportunities,” he added.
“When Saab establishes operations in the UAE, a new home market is created, from where we in the future can export to other countries as well. At the same time, this will contribute to the development of engineering skills and creating high-tech jobs in UAE,” said Hakan Buskhe,
Created by Tawazun Economic Council, TIP plays host to strategic industrial sectors with a focus on defense manufacturing. The industrial park has infrastructure put in place to support this crucial industry with upstream and downstream clusters around it. The park is already home to over 17 companies, specializing in advanced precision manufacturing, system integration, aerospace components, basic metal and oil and gas service.
With a capacity to accommodate 37,000 workers, TIP provides a one-stop-shop with complete industrial infrastructure, real estate, specialized ammunition production and storage facilities, staff accommodation and on-site services, which ease the process of setting up production facilities.
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defense and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world.
Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.