"We require three months to install the equipment and two months to test it. If everything goes to plan, then we’ll be harvesting our first crops in the fall. As Mowreq and contractors build the outer structure, YesHealth Group manufactures the equipment so it can be delivered just in time for the final phase of construction," says Jesper Hansen, Chief Commercial Officer at YesHealth Group, a Taiwanese CEA construction company.
Constructed by YesHealth, the new vertical farm will be 15 meters tall with a total growing area of 20,000m2, spread over 19 layers, and is capable of producing up to 2,200 kilograms of leafy greens per day. Produce will include full-size lettuces, cruciferous vegetables, baby leaves, and specialty crops such as edible flowers.
“This project has been carefully coordinated by our teams in Saudi Arabia and Taiwan. I’m pleased to see how effectively we're collaborating, and I must praise our Saudi partners for their solid execution," Jesper adds.
The YesHealth and Moqrew team at the construction site
Vertical farm and experience center
According to YesHealth, this project this Saudi Arabia’s largest indoor vertical farming project to date and has officially broken ground in its capital city, Riyadh. This dual-purpose commercial vertical farm and experiential center will feature exhibition and dining areas where visitors will be able to enjoy a meal while looking over the farm.
Partners meet in Riyadh to coordinate the project. Left to right: Khder Al-Ghamdi (Co-founder of Mowreq), Tajaldeen A. Shaath (General Manager of Commitco for Construction), Jesper Hansen (Chief Commercial Officer at YesHealth Group), Chen Wen-Long (Head of R&D Engineering at YesHealth Group), three managers from the construction team (Commitco for Construction), Eng. Laith Al Shraideh (Area Manager at Darat Engineering Contracting Company)
A render of the new vertical farm
The building was designed by Mowreq and YesHealth Group. Its construction is being executed by Mowreq with local vendors Commitco and Darat. Initiated by Vertical Farms Company (VFCo), a joint venture between Mowreq Specialized Agriculture and YesHealth Group, construction work is slated for completion in July and farming operations are to begin in the second half of 2024.