Trade Mission

Focused Trade Mission to the Middle East

Event Date
Dec 05, 2022 – Dec 07, 2022
Dubai, UAE
Early Registration Deadline
Aug 03, 2022
Early Registration Price

Jumpstart Your Product Export Sales to the Middle East - UAE

The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) with its large population, large influx of tourists and business-people coupled with its vibrant re-export activities makes it a vital market for food products. Economic friendly regulations, low duties, and extensive free trade zones throughout the country have enabled the U.A.E. to become one of the world’s leading re-export hubs. The U.A.E. is the major regional trade hub for the Middle East and North Africa due to a favorable geographic location and modern infrastructure. 

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 market is highly competitive but there is great potential for U.S. export growth in this segment, including in dairy products, prepared food, fresh fruit, poultry, tree nuts, and beef 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$734.4 million (2020)
  • U.S. Processed Foods - US$338.6 million (2020)

Meeting Foreign Buyers

Products of Interest

Top U.S. products in demand:

  • Food Preparations & Ingredients
  • Snack Foods
  • Processed/Prepared Dairy Products
  • Condiments, Sauces Jams & Jellies
  • Chocolate & Confectionery
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Processed Vegetables & Pulses
  • 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™.

Export Success

Participants in 2019 Focused Trade Missions Reported:

1st Time Export Sales
New Distributorships Established
New Foreign Buyer Introductions
$78 Million
Projected Sales
$15 Million
Actual Sales
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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