Well, Gracia Farms, a National Emirati project, will make you Think Twice!
The fast moving life in UAE and the ongoing technological developments in all major aspects in the country, didn’t stop Hamed Al Hamed, an Emirati strategic entrepreneur, to go back to nature and create a new concept. A project that combines nature and entertainment using the highest technologies that the UAE provides in different aspects.
Why Gracia farms ?
From here came the idea of Gracia farms, a new concept in agriculture for a comprehensive farm to change the prejudgment on ordinary farms. Gracia farms started by implementing a high technology greenhouse model that help farmers defy the challenges in the agricultural industry, thus achieving a very important national aim for the UAE – Food Security.
“Give me agriculture, and I will give you civilization.” These are the words of the father of the nation, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, God bless his soul, as he dreamed to turn the desert into a green land. Realizing Sheikh Zayed’s dream and how much agricultural wealth is vital, Gracia farms invested in this endeavor using the latest technologies. It became the center of attraction for so many working in the environmental fields including the minister of food security, Maryam Al Mehiri, in addition to businessmen, farmers, and school teachers. Gracia Farms won the first place in Sharjah Economic Excellence Network Award and is an active member in the government project for food security.
The first educational department at the farm:
Apart from the agricultural aspect, Gracia Farms worked on spreading the culture of planting in schools and at home through the educational visits made by different schools in Abu Dhabi to the farm and following the grow peace pro-gram. This program aims to cultivate peace in children using nature. Children had the chance to be in a natural environment to learn, discover, and transfer their learnings to their schools and homes.
The Mini Greenhouses:
To help families and children grow at their houses, Gracia farm constructed mini hydroponic smart greenhouses to motivate families to grow the basic vegetables at their houses. Reaching self-sufficiency is and be aware of what is consumed these days is one of the important goals that Gracia farm team is working on.
Gracia farms success story:
Gracia farms, is a concept created in 2015 by Hamed Al Hamed, a holder of masters in strategic leadership and change management from UK. The concept was supported by Khalifa Funds and Abu Dhabi Farmer’s Service Center, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry of Food Security, Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development, Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society, Union Cooperative Society.