H.H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum lays foundation stone for W Motors Production Facility
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), today laid the foundation stone for the W Motors Automotive Facility in Dubai Silicon Oasis, UAE, the first manufacturing facility of its kind in the Middle East with an investment of AED370 million.
The groundbreaking event was also attended by Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Vice Chairman & CEO of DSOA, and Ralph R. Debbas’, W Motors Founder & CEO.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said, “As Dubai continues to consolidate its position as an international testing ground for state-of-the-art technology, it is attracting foreign direct investments, international tech companies, promising start-ups, and innovative entrepreneurs from around the globe.”
He added, “As the comprehensive geo-economic map of the emirate is being developed by the Dubai Free Zones Council, in line with the “Fifty-Year Charter” launched earlier this year by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which will accelerate the drive for further economic diversification and give it more momentum, free zones like Dubai Silicon Oasis continue to be the hub of choice for cutting-edge companies looking for advanced business ecosystems that provide full traction for launches and growth locally, regionally, and globally.”
The state-of-the-art Automotive Facility sees W Motors Founder & CEO Ralph R. Debbas’ vision of driving the region’s automotive industry become a reality. Spread over an immense 120,000 sqft., the first phase of the project is set to be completed by 2020. Production of all W Motors vehicles will move to this location including the limited series Fenyr SuperSport, upcoming new vehicles, electric and autonomous models, as well as all vehicles under the company’s Special Projects Division.
Phase One will be divided into three blocks: the Manufacturing Division will comprise a mechanical workshop, an assembly area, a “Concept & Prototype” manufacturing zone, and will feature the latest machines equipped with advanced smart technologies for production of carbon fibre, aluminum and other parts.
The main Headquarters building will include the Design, Engineering, Research & Development and Training Centres along with an autonomous and technology development department. Futhermore, the W Motors Gallery, which will showcase all models, will become a unique experiential space for visitors from all over the world.
Phase Two of the project will be the W Motors Automotive Academy, developed in partnership with leading regional and international educational institutions. It will offer Automotive Design, Engineering, Transportation and AI-themed courses, in addition to certified programs catering to students and interns from all over the world.
Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni, Vice Chairman and CEO of DSOA, said, “Dubai Silicon Oasis offers businesses a unique ecosystem that allows them to leverage their strengths and benefit from Dubai’s role as a springboard for businesses seeking growth in the GCC which holds opportunities worth more than US$1.5 trillion across all economic sectors.”
He added, “We look forward to welcoming W Motors to Dubai Silion Oasis as a new and highly-anticipated addition to the automotive industry in Dubai and the UAE, especially considering that such an industry requires a long supply chain of products and services, which in turn can create an exciting set of trickle-down opportunities in autonomous driving technologies and related products and services.”
Speaking of the huge milestone for the company, Debbas said, “Today is a momentous day for W Motors, and takes us a big step closer to vastly developing the automotive industry within the region – and specifically aligning with Dubai’s vision of becoming a global leader in innovation. We have worked closely with the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority to bring our Production Facilty to life; now the countdown to opening our doors is on!”
W Motors recently announced that it has become the first private company to deposit its shares in Nasdaq Dubai’s Central Securities Depository (CSD). Joining the CSD enhances W Motors’ links to investors and can be a step on the route towards a variety of financing solutions.
The Automotive Facility will allow for W Motors to share its expertise and know-how on a much wider scale, and contribute to the Dubai economy through creation of jobs and offering opportunities to young talent.