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Jumpstart Your Product Export Sales to the Middle East - UAE
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) with its larger population, larger influx of tourists and business-people coupled with its vibrant re-export activities is the second largest market for food products. Within the U.A.E., Dubai is the country’s commercial center and the region’s trade hub. Efficient infrastructure (sea, land and air ports), large free trade zones and a strong business orientation make Dubai an important commercial center in the Middle East. Dubai derives sizable revenue from the re-export business and invests heavily in infrastructure, while luring foreign investment and buyers.
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. Processed Foods - US$424.6 million (2019)
By the year 2024, Euromonitor projects sales of packaged food in the UAE market to reach nearly US$7.4 billion, an increase of US$1.4 billion and 23.7%.
We highly recommend waiting until the end of September before you make any hotel or plane reservations for this event. While the current health and safety situation seems hopeful in the U.A.E., things are still changing rapidly. Our staff and In-Market Representatives will monitor the situation carefully during this interim time and make adjustments to the event format if needed.
Participants are responsible for adhering to any travel requirements to the U.A.E., which could include items such as proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test, country entry/exit procedures, etc.
You can stay up to date with the most recent travel restrictions and guidelines for the U.A.E. on the U.S. State Department’s website.
If at a later date it is deemed that traveling to the U.A.E. for an in-person event would not be possible, this event will be updated to a virtual format.
Products of Interest
Top U.S. products in demand:
Processed/Prepared Dairy Products
Condiments and Sauces
Chocolate And Confectionery
Fats And Oils
Processed Vegetables And Pulses
Fresh and processed fruits
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
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. 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.
To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online https://www.ascr.usda.gov/filing-program-discrimination-complaint-usda-customer.
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.