Import of fresh fruits, vegetables and plants continues to grow in the region

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Source:  www.dubaichronicle.com

Region’s largest trade shows for perishables and plants to take place 26-28 September 2011

Growth of fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers continues to grow in the region says the organisers of the World of Perishables (WOP DUBAI) and International Plant Expo Middle East (IPM DUBAI). Both trade shows, which hosted over 3,500 visitors last year, will take place side by side at the Dubai Airport Expo from September 26-28, 2011. Organisers are expecting an increase of visitors by 25 per cent compared to last year’s events.

WOP DUBAI, held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, is the Middle East’s only dedicated trade fair for fruits and vegetables and is growing strong for the third consecutive year. It’s sister event, IPM DUBAI held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports, has consistently been regarded as the region’s largest plants and flowers trade fair and features international exhibitors for six years.

WOP DUBAI 2010 brought more than 130 companies from 17 countries representing fresh products, goods safety, technical equipment, transport, trade and services. The show also had eight country pavilions from France, China, Lebanon, Rwanda, Egypt, Kenya, Turkey and Italy. The event has strengthened Dubai as an important destination and worldwide trading centre for fruits and vegetables.

Organisers are expecting an increase of visitors compared to last year’s WOP DUBAI and also a 35 per cent increase in floor space at the Dubai Airport Expo.

Commenting during the official announcement of the shows, Engineer Abdulla Mohammed Rafia Assistant Director General for General Support Sector of the Dubai Municipality said, “Dubai continues to grow as the regions hub for these two business sectors and it is evident by the success of both WOP DUBAI and IPM DUBAI. Since its inception three years ago, World of Perishables has seen tremendous growth mainly due to the fact that the fruit and vegetables industries have steadily been growing through out the years.”

“Since 2008 to 2010, Dubai has seen a 16 per cent growth in the import of fresh fruits and a 20 per cent growth in fresh vegetables. Last year Dubai imported nearly 1.7 billion kgs of fruits and vegetables valued at approximately Dhs5.3 billion. Dubai is such a multi-cultural hub and home to many nationalities, which is a key driving force for the imports of fruits and vegetables from across the globe. Dubai has also proved to be the re-export centre for the region for markets such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.”

In 2010, Dubai alone imported over 1.1 billion kgs of fresh fruits at a value of over Dhs4 billion, exported nearly 38 million kgs at a value of approximately Dhs90 million and re-exported 463 million kgs valued nearly at AED 1.5 billion. Figures were also substantial for fresh vegetables in 2010 with Dubai importing approximately 590 million kgs for Dhs1.3 billion, exporting nearly 1 million kgs at a value of Dhs5.7 million and re-exporting 53 million kgs valued at Dhs118 million.

Tarek Sibai, Project Manager for Planetfair added, “Both shows have been positioned as a platform for the perishables and plant industries to connect suppliers and service providers from across the globe. Especially with the growing consumption of fruits and vegetables, WOP DUBAI will play an integral role in introducing alternative and new products to the region. According to recent figures by the FCA, the total value of UAE-GCC non-oil foreign trade hit Dhs5.8bn in May, 2011, of which Dhs2.4bn in imports, Dhs1.4bn in exports and Dhs1.9bn in re-exports. Non-oil industries are continuing to grow steadily and contributing significantly to that trend are the figures we see for the perishables and planet industries.”

WOP DUBAI and IPM DUBAI are organised by Planetfair Dubai LLC and Messe Essen GmbH in cooperation with Dubai Municipality and Dubai Central Fruit and Vegetable Market, the Middle East’s biggest market for import and export.

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