According to a recent market study published by Growth Market Reports, titled, “United Arab Emirates Hydroponic Farming Market” by type, by technology type, by solution, by hydroponic food, by input system type, by production capacity, by farming type, by distribution channel and states: size, volume, share, trends and opportunity analysis, 2015-2030”, the market was valued at AED 1656.6 Million in 2021 and is expected to grow at a moderate growth rate of 26.3% by the year 2030.

Increased plants density and higher yields,
less water requirement, temperature controlling feature, high-end features of hydroponic farming are expected to fuel the market during the forecast period.

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As per Growth Market Reports industry analyst Akash Vedpathak, “The hydroponic farming market” is anticipated to witness significant growth during the forecast period 2022-2030. Key factors that are anticipated to fuel the demand for the UAE hydroponic farming market during the forecast period are the increased plants density and higher yields. Conversely, high cost associated with the system hamper the market growth. Development of innovative hydroponic technologies are expected to create opportunities in the market.

In hydroponic farming, plants are grown using nutrient solutions (water-containing fertilizers), with or without the use of an artificial medium such as gravel, vermiculite, peat moss, sawdust, sand, rock wool, perlite, coir, coconut fiber, coir dust, and others, for offering mechanical support. This method of agriculture is also known as aquaculture, nutriculture, soilless culture, or tank farming.

The Greek words "hydro“, which means water, and "ponos," which implies labor or water work, were combined to form the term, "hydroponics." Professor William Gericke first used the term, "hydroponics“, in the early 1930s to describe a method of growing plants where the roots are suspended in nutrient-rich water. In 1940, researchers at Purdue University promoted the nutriculture concept.

Commercial aqua-farming fields were established in the 1960s and 1970s in places such as Arizona, Abu Dhabi, Belgium, California, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Iran, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, and other countries. 
In the future, farms are projected to use hydroponic farming methods, particularly vertical farming. In order to sustainably feed a growing population, hydroponic farming aids in the production of significant quantities of nutritious fruits and vegetables.

The word, ‘supply chain’, refers to all procedures involved in transforming an idea into a tangible good or service, through a series of intermediate production, distribution, and disposal phases. These procedures include production, distribution, design, marketing, and customer support services. In the supply chain process, the value of the product increases as it passes through various stages of the supply chain. The hydroponic farming supply chain involves various stakeholders who contribute to the creation and delivery of the farming products.

The primary, as well as secondary research methodology, is used for keen observation and study of the automotive extended warranty market. The primary research methodology involves commercial agreements made with the primary respondents as well as consulting partners to extract critical information pertaining to the syndicated as well as consulting projects.

Primary interviews were conducted with the stakeholders across industry verticals at regular intervals in line with the ongoing studies and to keep ourselves abreast with the latest market trends & developments. Validation of the estimated market size, and current and future trends done by the key opinion leaders (KOLs). These KOLs are the CXO level people from leading companies in the industry and possess experience of around 10-20 years in the industry.

On the other hand, the secondary research methodology involves exhaustive desk research undertaken to understand the prevailing market trends & dynamics, market competition, customer insights, and other KPIs. Company websites, their SEC filings, annual reports, broker & financial reports, and investor presentations are scanned for understanding the competitive scenario, details and developments, and the overall competitive landscape.

Regional government and statistical databases were analyzed for macro & microanalysis. Research publications and paid data are referred to obtain and validate the market estimations, budget, expenditure, and other statistical insights.

While COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of the economy, the agriculture industry is amongst the most affected ones. The industry is still coping with the dual effects of declining sales and rising costs, which have put the suppliers in a difficult financial position. Due to consecutive lockdowns, social distancing norms, and supply chain disruption, the COVID-19 pandemic had a positive impact on the hydroponic farming market.

Severe lockdowns and shutdowns halted customer movement and severely disrupted the hydroponic farming companies, which resulted into the shift of the consumer behavior that adopted hydroponic farming. The increasing demand for fresh produce creates opportunities for the farmers to sell their products directly to consumers through local market, community programs, and online platforms.

Hydroponic farming with its ability to produce fresh produce is an attractive option for urban and suburban communities looking forward to establish local food system, leading to the increasing investment in the hydroponic farming.

Hydroponic farms control everything, from seeds to stores, and as a result, the market is now witnessing a tremendous growth rate. Additionally, hydroponic farms provide consumers with information about the place of origin and method of production of their food. The pandemic increased the importance of hydroponic farming, as it ensures food security and helps the country meet the demand for crops during COVID-19.

Key Takeaways from the Study:

  • Based on type, the hydroponic farming market is segmented into aggregate hydroponic systems and liquid hydroponic systems.

  • The aggregate hydroponic system segment is subdivided into a closed system and open system. In the aggregate hydroponic system, solid media and inert, including rockwool, sand, coconut coir, peat, vermiculite, and sawdust, provide support to plants. The aggregate hydroponic system segment is projected to expand at a XX% CAGR during the forecast period.

  • Sharjah and rest of the UAE are held XX% and XX% shares respectively of the hydroponic farming market in 2021. The demand for vegetables and exotic fruits has been constantly expanding at a high rate, due to the increased purchasing power of consumers on account of rising health concerns. This is expected to boost the market in Sharjah and the rest of the UAE.

Scope of The United Arab Emirates Hydroponic Farming Market

Report Metric


Market Value in 2021

AED 1656.6 Million

Market Growth Rate (from 2021 to 2030)


Historical Data

2015 to 2020

Base Year


Forecast Period

2022 – 2030

Units Considered

Value (AED Million)

Market Segments

By Type (Aggregate Hydroponic System, Liquid Hydroponic System), By Technology Type (HVAC, LED Grow Light, Irrigation Systems, Material Handling, Control Systems, Others), By Solution Organic, In Organic, By Hydroponic Food (Vegetables, Herbs & Greens, Fruits, Flowers), By Input System Type (Growth Medium, Nutrients), By Production Capacity (Less than 100 tons per acre, 100-200 tons per acre, 200-400 tons per acre, more than 400 tons per acre), By Farming Type (Indoor Farming, Outdoor Farming), By Distribution Channel (B2B, B2C) and regions.

Key Companies Profiled

Armela Farms, GreenOponics Agricultural Services LLC, Wafra Farms, A S AGRI AND AQUA LLP, VeggiTech, Madar Farms, Uns Vertical Farms, BADIA FARMS, Greener Crop Inc, and Aranya Farms

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Target Audience:

  • Government and research organizations

  • Hydroponics system distributors

  • Crop growers

  • Marketing directors

  • Processed food & beverage manufacturers

  • Key executives from various key companies and organizations in the hydroponics market