The Sultanate of Oman is working towards attaining self-sufficiency in the food sector, an achievement that will benefit all its citizens. Mazoon Dairy Company SAOC (MDC) is pioneering this initiative, specifically in dairy and juices. Mazoon Dairy Company will be a fully integrated project within the Sultanate of Oman, serving the wider region. Once operational, the facility will produce fresh milk, milk products and juices of the highest quality and will be marketed under a brand that inspires national pride.
Oman is a country of diverse geography and climates. In every part of the Sultanate, Omanis through hard work and determination have maintained a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is a legacy that began with our ancestors who developed tools to overcome the limitations of the environment. The development of Alfalaj systems proved Omanis could grow prosperous settlements out of once hostile environments.
As part of the ambition for greater self-sufficiency, greater economic development, the Sultanate is entering a new era of investment in agricultural and food projects through its Investment arm, the Oman Food Investments Holding Company.
Mazoon Dairy is the latest project of its kind in Oman. Currently only 30% of dairy products come from the Sultanate. By 2028 Mazoon Dairy will increase this to 86%. In addition Mazoon Dairy will help meet the health and nutrition strategies of the Sultanate. Encouraging people of all ages, especially school children to eat healthfully and maintain active lives. Mazoon Dairy will champion environmental sustainability, livestock welfare, and workplace safety as future leader in its industry
The project is one of the largest in the Sultanate with a capital of RO 100 million. 20% of this capital comes form Oman Food Investments Holding company, the remainder from other investment funds.
Mazoon Dairy will help to nourish a new generation of talent and leadership in the Sultanate. 2300 jobs will be created within 10 years.
Through knowledge transfer with best-in-class partners from the region and around the world we will be able to create new and innovative prospects for business, there will also be many opportunities for small and medium enterprises to provide services during construction phase and once operations commence. The project will commence its dairy operation from Al-Sinayna, Al Buraimi governorate, thereby making them a food hub to the sultanate.
I would like to thank our shareholders and all our supporters for the great steps that they have taken in ensuring this project becomes not just a reality, but with the will of God, a success for all people of Oman. We look forward to the day when we can find Mazoon Dairy products in every home
Work on Oman’s flagship dairy project Mazoon Dairy continues to make rapid progress with four new contracts being announced for the RO100mn dairy and juice manufacturing facility in Al Buraimi.
Mazoon Dairy has appointed Oman National Engineering & Investment Co. to construct the primary power station, while Dawood Engineering Company has been contracted to oversee the operations.
Leading American company Pinnacle Climate Technologies has been contracted to provide cow cooling systems that will ensure proper ventilation and high standards of hygiene at the farm in addition to creating a comfortable environment for the herd. Each cooler will accommodate 13 cows, while direct-drive fans will increase efficiency and reduce maintenance at the facility.
Specialist American supplier Farm Service BV has been contracted to provide equipment for the milking parlor. This includes two main 120-unit milking parlors, one 40-unit hospital parlor, an automatic ID system with activity feed time and conductivity meters to aid herd management and an automated herd matrix management programme to manage efficiency.
Oman’s Minister of Agriculture, His Excellency Fuad bin Jaafar Al Sajwani, has presided over a Foundation Stone ceremony for Mazoon Dairy’s flagship dairy project at Al Sunayah. The event formally marked the official launch of the main construction work on the state of the art RO 100 million project. His Excellency was joined by the members of the board and the senior management of Mazoon Dairy, senior dignitaries of the Wilayat of Buraimi and the main contractor Al Adrak Trading and Contracting LLC at the event.
The milestone marks the most important step yet in the development of one of the Sultanate’s biggest-ever food manufacturing projects that is an important goal in the nation’s drive towards self-su¬¬fficiency in food production.
Guests at the ceremony were taken on a tour of the 15 sq km Al Sunayah site that will soon see the construction of the main dairy farm, feeding centre, milking parlours, staff accommodation, management office building and an expansive road network.
The groundbreaking dairy project is backed by the Oman Food Investment Company, government pension and investment funds. Once completed in 2018, the Mazoon Dairy project will have wide ranging positive impact in helping enhance the health of the nation, create hundreds of jobs for Omanis and be a stimulus for economic growth in the Buraimi area.
Commenting at the event Oman’s Minister of Agriculture H.E. Fuad bin Jaafar Al Sajwani said: “This is an eagerly anticipated milestone event for the food sector in Oman and is a major part of our continuing drive towards enhanced food security and growing self-sufficiency in domestic production.
“When it opens, Mazoon Dairy will help the Sultanate to become a truly world-class centre of excellence for the dairy manufacturing industry that reflects the Pride of Oman.”
Starting from an initial workforce of 400 it is anticipated that within a decade Mazoon Dairy will employ 2,300 staff – with an estimated 70 per cent of these skilled jobs occupied by Omanis.
Dr. Arjun Subramanian, General Manager Projects at Mazoon Dairy Company said: “The Foundation Stone ceremony has also given us the opportunity to show our stakeholders at a national and local level the progress already made in developing the project.
“By hosting so many dignitaries on site we have been able to demonstrate the size and scale of this outstanding project that will help to set a new benchmark in the production and export of high quality dairy and juice products.”
The Foundation Stone event comes just a few weeks after Al Adrak Trading and Contracting LLC was announced as the main contractor for construction work with the award of a RO 27.9 million contract.
Initially the facility will house 4,000 Holstein-Friesian cows and grow to 25,000 by 2026 and produce 200 million litres of milk. By then it is planned that dairy imports to Oman would fall to nearly 10 per cent from the present 70 per cent and Mazoon Dairy will also be exporting its high quality dairy products to regional GCC markets.
The Mazoon Dairy product range will cover a diverse mix of dairy and juice products, including Milk, Yoghurt, Laban, Cheese, Ice cream and Juices. The company plans to make its full product range available from the launch – a unique achievement for a large-scale project of this kind in the Gulf region.
• Construction to commence from this October
• Production anticipated to start in the last quarter of 2018
Muscat, 25th September 2017: Mazoon Dairy Company, the flagship dairy project of the Sultanate of Oman, has today announced the appointment of Al Adrak Trading and Contracting LLC to build its state-of-the-art dairy and juice manufacturing plant.
Construction will start from this October at its project site located in Al-Sunaynah, Al Buraimi Governorate and is planned to be completed by 3rd quarter of 2018.
With the overall project investment of RO 100 million and the value of the main contract will be RO 27.9 million. It will comprise of diverse activities including: construction of the Main Dairy Farm, Feeding Centre, Milking Parlors, Staff Accommodation, Management office Building, Utilities and connecting road network.
Senior Mazoon executives anticipate that the first of the initial phase of 4000 cows will start arriving at the farm in early 2018.
Announcing this milestone contract, Mazoon Dairy Company Chairman Dr. Rashid Al Masroori said: “Today’s announcement marks the most important step yet in our plans to develop a truly world-class centre of excellence for the dairy manufacturing industry in Oman.
“Our products will help to ensure a healthier nation and support the Sultanate become almost self-sufficient in the provision of dairy products in the next decade.
“We undertook a comprehensive selection process for our main construction partner and are confident that Al Adrak will ensure the quality our facility needs as we move towards nourishing the nation in the future.”
Backed by the Oman Food Investment Company alongside government pension and investment funds, Mazoon Dairy will provide quality home produced dairy and juice products. Moreover, it also envisioned to generate enormous economic benefits to both locally in Buraimi as well as the nation as a whole.
Mazoon Dairy’s product range will cover a diverse mix of dairy and juice products, including Milk, Yoghurt, Laban, Cheese, Ice cream and Juices. The company intends to make its full product range available from the launch – a unique achievement for a large-scale project of this kind in the Gulf region.
Commenting on the award of the contract to Al Adrak, CEO Dr. Thomas Alexander said: “We are proud to have been awarded the contract to develop one of the most ambitious food production projects undertaken in Oman. A project that is set to become a landmark development of its kind in the wider region and become a quality benchmark for others to follow in the future.”
Starting from an initial herd of 4000 Holstein-Friesian cows it will eventually grow to 25,000 by 2026. By then it is planned that production levels will mean dairy imports to Oman would fall to nearly 10 per cent from the present 70% and Mazoon dairy will also be exporting its high quality dairy products to regional GCC markets.
Dr. Arjun Subramanian, General Manager Projects at Mazoon Dairy Company added: “Mazoon Dairy Company since its inception has steadily progressed in its project objective of setting up this dairy facility of world class standards. Initiating the construction of Main works is another major project millstone and reaching this stage was possible through the able guidance of members of the Board. We extend our appreciation and gratitude to all those who have supported our project since day one including the government entities.
The selection of land has undergone various tests in ensuring the suitability of water, soil and the environment before deciding on Al-Sunaynah as the best location that provided the most comfortable environment for the cows.
Within 10 years of operations it is anticipated that over 70 per cent of the 2300 employees at Mazoon Dairy will be Omani nationals – creating a huge boost for local employment opportunities and attracting talent from across the Sultanate.
Mazoon Dairy will also further enhance Oman’s reputation as a centre of regional excellence in food manufacturing and exports. Thereby playing a major role in enhancing food security for the nation.
The enabling works for a number of facilities at the Mazoon dairy project site is nearing completion. These include site management offices, a guest house, a ready parking area and a security check point. All of these enabling works are important in ensuring that full construction can quickly commence.
This is the latest milestone for the project as it prepares to start the major construction work at the RO 100 million facility at Al Sunayna. The enabling works also include a 15 sq km field fence enclosing the entire dairy facility along with a 15 sq km paved road to ensure ease of access; a 1km internal road to transport materials required for construction; 4km access road to the Ibri/Hafeet highway and an installed 1 Mega Volt Amp (MVA) power line to supply electricity during the construction phase.
Under the umbrella of the Oman Food Investment Holding (OFIC), the Mazoon Dairy Company participated in the Agro-Oman Exhibition from 15 to 17 May 2016 in Muscat to showcase its leadership position in the production of world class dairy products and that the positive impact it will have on enhancing food security in the Sultanate. H.E. Dr. Fuad bin Jafar Al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries visited the Mazoon Dairy stall to discuss the rapid progress that the project has made till date. The exhibition also offered opportunities for knowledge-sharing with related government entities, industry experts and suppliers on the potential of the agro industry in Oman.
The Mazoon Dairy Company partnered with the ITA (Information Technology Authority) to utilise its highly efficient E-tendering portal to procure all project-related assets and services including packaging, sales and distribution. One of the key objectives is to create suitable partnership opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Oman and contribute to growing the local business landscape.
The Mazoon Dairy Company entered into a strategic partnership with the prestigious SQU (Sultan Qaboos University) in October 2016 to utilise the institute’s existing facilities for the research and development of dairy products. This includes developing product ideas, recipes and packaging.
H.E Sayyid Ibrahim bin Said bin Ibrahim Al Busaidi, Governor of Al Buraimi conducted an inspection visit to the Mazoon Dairy project site in Al Sunainah Al Buraimi Governorate. The visit was led by Dr. Rashid Al Masroori, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Mazoon Dairy, accompanied by His Excellency Sheikh Fahad bin Sultan bin Rashid Al Yaqoubi, Wali of Al Sunainah, H.E Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Salmeen Al Shamsi, member of the State Council and H.E Hamdan bin Ali bin Rashid Al Mannai, member of the Shura Council representing Al-Sunainah. H.E Dr. Rashid Al-Masroori affirmed that the Mazoon Dairy project falls under the series of strategic food security projects promoted by the Oman Food Investment Holding Co. (OFIC) to achieve self-sufficiency.
The Ministry of Housing – Oman allocated an area of 15 sq km in Wilayat Al Sunaiynah in the Al Buraimi Governorate to create a flagship centre of manufacturing excellence in the dairy sector. The land lease agreement was signed at the Directorate General of Housing, Al Buraimi on 18 October 2016 – with a view to position Oman as a regional leader in high quality dairy production. The general manager of the Mazoon Dairy Company and the Ministry of Housing from the Buraimi Governorate were present at the signing.
Mazoon Dairy Company SAOC
Office No. 8, 3rd Floor,
Al Nahda tower – 2, Azaiba,
P. O. Box : 2118, P.C : 130,
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Al Sunaynah, Al Buraimi Governorate,
Sultanate of Oman