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About the project

The World's Largest Vertical Farm

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Compass is immensely proud to be appointed to Project Manage the Design, Procurement and Construction of Bustanica.  Bustanica, meaning your garden or orchard in Arabic, is the world’s largest vertical farm and a historic milestone for the UAE.  The facility is the first for Emirates Crop One (ECO1), the joint venture between Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC), one of the world’s largest catering operations serving more than 100 airlines, and Crop One, an industry leader in technology-driven indoor vertical farming

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The development of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Facility will showcases Dubai’s position as a global innovation hub, using patented technology and processes to optimize crop yields and facilitate hyper-growth.  Supporting UAE’s National Food Strategy 2051 agenda and the UAE’s Water Security Strategy 2036, Bustanica is driven by technology including machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), and is run by a specialised in-house team that includes agronomy experts, engineers, horticulturists and plant scientists. 




USD Investment


Square Meters


Less Water



Sustainable Hydroponic cultivation uses up to 95% less water (15 litres for 1kg) than traditional outdoor farming (317 litres for 1kg).




Emirates Flight Catering


Dubai, UAE




Design Management, Project Management

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Project Management

Project Management is about more than simply coordinating consultants and contractors. Part art and part science, professional project management requires dedicated leadership, enthusiasm, clear communication, decisive action, and meticulous attention to detail. We analyse and uncover exactly what our clients’ project requirements are, from small-scale through to multi-billion-dollar projects. We map challenges and risk whilst planning a considered solution-driven route, taking the vision from inception and planning, through design, procurement, construction, and occupation (and anything else in between!); exactly as turnkey services should be.

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