Avir Shah

Avir Shah, the CEO of Armela Farm, on their hyroponics family farm in Dubai.

| Lilys Njeru | Nation Media Group

Farming in harsh Dubai desert conditions; a Kenyan family story

What you need to know:

  • Until 2013, Avir Shah and his family ran Menengei Oil company in Nakuru where they produced cooking oil.
  • They then sold the firm and relocated to the United Arab Emirates where they are the largest cultivators of lettuce.

About 50km from Dubai City, on Dubai Al Ain Road, one finds the skydive desert drop zone, which is characterised by very dry conditions.

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