The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) has proven to be an appealing and profitable market for U.S. companies for many years. The United States has 8% market share and is the 3rd largest supplier. Despite the high competition and the negative impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the UAE food sector, the region continues to present a great opportunity with a strong preference for U.S. food products.
The advantages for U.S. exporters of consumer ready food products to the region are numerous. They include a high quality image of U.S. products, high regional per capita incomes, and a broad familiarity with U.S. culture. There are also consistently
low tariffs and relatively transparent import procedures.
U.S. Food & Agricultural Product Imports to United Arab Emirates (UAE), By the Numbers
U.S. Consumer-Oriented Foods – US$899 million (2021)
U.S. Processed Foods – US$421.3 million (2021)
By the year 2026, Euromonitor projects that retail sales in the packaged food market in the United Arab Emirates will reach US$7.8 billion, a growth of 24.1%, or US$1.5 billion.
Passengers traveling to Dubai are no longer required to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or to perform PCR tests.
Currently, there are no masks requirements in the UAE.
Passengers traveling from or through Dubai are only required to comply with the transit and travel requirements required at their final destination.
Please check if you need a visa. Depending on your nationality, you can get a visa upon arrival or you can apply for a prearranged visit visa from Dubai Immigration before you travel.
Focused Trade Mission Services Provided
One-on-one meetings with qualified buyers
Pre-event custom product research including market overview, importation and distribution analysis
Market briefing by local USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service
Retail store tour
Translation of up to two pages of materials into Arabic
Table top showcase and trade reception
Inclusion in Trade Mission brochure containing your company profile, contact details and product lines
On-site assistance by Food Export’s In-Market Representative
Identifying top leads
Products of Interest
Top U.S. products in demand:
Natural and Organic Foods, also Keto, Vegan & Lactose Free
Food Preparations & Ingredients
Processed/Prepared Dairy Products
Condiments, Sauces, Jams & Jellies
Chocolate & Confectionery
Processed Vegetables & Pulses
Ready Made Meals
December 5: Mission and Market Briefing, Retail Store Tours
December 6: One-on-One meetings with Qualified Buyers
December 7:One-on-One meetings with Qualified Buyers, Table Top Showcase & Trade Reception, Departure
Schedule is subject to change.
2021 FTM to Dubai table top showcase & trade reception.
Our educational webinars provide up-to-date exporter intelligence regarding specific markets, logistics, trade financing, documentation, how to meet and follow-up with international buyers, and much more.
Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations or alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact us. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
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Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast reserve the right to deny services to any firm or individual which, in the sole opinion of Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast, does not comply with FAS, MAP or Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast regulations or policies, or otherwise offer the best opportunity to achieve its mission of increasing food and agricultural exports. Submission of any false or misleading information may be grounds for rejection or subsequent revocation of any application or participation. Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast are equal opportunity employers and providers.