Trade Mission

Focused Trade Mission to the Middle East

Event Date
Dec 06, 2021 – Dec 08, 2021
Dubai, UAE
Registration Deadline
Sep 17, 2021
Registration Price

This mission is currently SOLD OUT. To sign up for the waitlist click here.

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%. 

Travel Information

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.

Meeting Foreign Buyers

Products of Interest

Top U.S. products in demand:

  • Food Preparations
  • Snack Foods
  • Processed/Prepared Dairy Products
  • Condiments and Sauces
  • Chocolate And Confectionery
  • Fats And Oils
  • Processed Vegetables And Pulses
  • Tree nuts
  • Beef products
  • Poultry products
  • Fresh and processed fruits
  • Non-alcoholic beverages

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

Preparation Assistance

United Arab Emirates Country Profile

Start your trade mission journey now. We have the market intelligence you need to make informed decisions to determine if this market is right for your products.

Complimentary Webinars

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 Helpline

Even experienced exporters have questions from time to time. Whether you are new to exporting or a seasoned exporter, you can take advantage of one-to-one support through the Food Export Helpline™.
Branded Program

Double Your International Marketing Budget

With the Branded Program, you may be eligible for 50% reimbursement on:

  • Promotions and product demonstrations
  • Advertising
  • Select international travel costs
  • Marketing and point-of-sale materials
  • Foreign market compliant packaging/labeling
  • And much more!

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