When most people think of places where food is grown, the first region that doesn't spring to mind is a scorching, arid desert. However, megacities such as Dubai have shown that it is possible to cultivate food even in difficult environments. Whether it be flavorful tomatoes produced on forward-thinking farms that only use a quarter of the amount of water that conventional farms do. 

The answer is simple; in addition to having some of the most stunning skylines, the capital also has some of the most brilliant brains in the world. Technology has been ruling the world, and it does not come as a surprise at all that it is soon going to take over farming as well. And thanks to creative thinkers and cutting-edge tech, businesses in Dubai are discovering new methods to cultivate locally-sourced vegetables.

Dubai Industrial City is home to Badia Farms’ new large-scale high-tech vertical farm. In addition, Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) and Crop One, a US-based most successful vertical farm operator in the world. are jointly spending $40 million to construct the biggest vertical farming facility in the world at Dubai World Central, which is located in close proximity to Al Maktoum International Airport.