Dubai Sets the Bar High with Dubatt's Battery Recycling Facility in Industrial City
Dubai Industrial City, TECOM Group's hub for industrial development, marked a historic moment with the formal inauguration of Dubatt Battery Recycling's fully integrated battery recycling plant. The event, attended by esteemed dignitaries including His Excellency Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, Cabinet Member and Minister of Economy, highlighted the significance of the facility in advancing the UAE's commitment to sustainable industrial practices.
The inauguration ceremony, held in the presence of government officials, including Her Excellency Dr Amna Al Dahak, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, showcased the important role the Dubatt facility plays in achieving key national objectives. The plant, aligned with the UAE Industrial Decarbonisation Roadmap and Circular Economy Policy 2031, aims to stimulate sustainable industrial and economic development.
Abdulla Belhoul, CEO of TECOM Group PJSC, welcomed government dignitaries along with Shamsudheen Binmohideen, Chairman of Dubatt, and Saud Abu Alshawareb, Executive Vice President of Industrial at TECOM Group PJSC. A musataha agreement was signed during the inauguration, signaling Dubatt's commitment to expand the plant with a total investment of AED 216 million at Dubai Industrial City.
The Dubatt plant, with a built-up area of 65,000 sq.ft. and an initial investment of AED 120 million, employs advanced technologies for breaking, separating, smelting, and refining used lead acid batteries. It aims to recycle up to 80 percent of battery waste produced in the UAE, contributing to the circular economy and the country's sustainability agenda.
Government officials expressed their support for the plant, emphasizing its role in promoting a circular economy. His Excellency Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri stated, "The opening of the Dubatt factory, with its advanced technology in the field of battery recycling, is an important step forward in support of the goals of the circular economy agenda.”
The plant's inauguration follows approval processes with government and environmental stakeholders. Dubatt's planned expansion, costing AED 96 million and spanning 50,000 sq.ft., is expected to increase the factory's lead acid battery recycling capacity to 75,000 metric tonnes a year. The expansion will introduce dedicated lines for various materials, supporting the UAE's sustainability goals.
Shamsudheen Binmohideen, Chairman of Dubatt, emphasised the project's significance in addressing the UAE's annual generation of 72,000 to 96,000 tonnes of used batteries. The plant aims to contribute to the Dubai Integrated Waste Management Strategy 2041 by localising the recycling of used battery waste.
Dubai Industrial City, hosting over 800 customers and 300 operational factories, is a key player in the region's manufacturing landscape. The launch of Dubatt's battery recycling plant aligns with the UAE's ambitious economic agendas, including Operation 300bn and Dubai Economic Agenda ‘D33’, promoting sustainable expansion in the manufacturing sector.
The new facility is not only to meet local demand but also to export battery products to the GCC, Europe, and the Far East, supporting the Make it in the Emirates initiative and reinforcing the supply chain for locally manufactured products.