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Gulfood 2024 opens for business

Gulfood 2024 opened its doors today at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Being held from  February 19 to 23, the 29th edition is expected to be the largest ever, with 49% of the 5,500+ confirmed exhibitors attending the show for the first time.

Her Excellency Dr. Amna bint Abdullah Al Dahak Al Shamsi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, opened this year’s Inspire Conference as the keynote speaker. She spoke about the importance of promoting local produce as a way of strengthening food security and taking action on climate change, commenting: “The future of the food industry and food security is a timely topic. The rising temperatures of our planet are putting our natural resources in danger, and we must all act now […]. This year, on our national environment day, we focused on collaboration and started working together for sustainable local products. We invite all our relevant stakeholders to join efforts in empowering local products.”

Advanced technologies for agriculture production in the UAE’s climate conditions were also highlighted in the opening event, as a means for the region to adapt to a sustainable agricultural system, including organic, vertical, and agrotech farming. “Our national food strategy aims to enhance local production sustainability through the use of modern technology,” the UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment added.

In a keynote session on how the F&B industry can transform, better collaborate and become more agile, His Excellency Dr. Obaid Saif Hamad Al Zaabi, President of The Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID), spoke about the AAAID’s efforts towards food sustainability through financing small-scale farmers.

Under the theme ‘Real Food, Real Business’, Gulfood 2024 is at the heart of the business community, the organizer highlights, as it propels sector conversations from agenda to action. The fair in Dubai unveils new products and innovations, and creates an international platform for business opportunities, including 127 country pavilions, with first-time participants Armenia, Azerbaijan and Venezuela, and returning pavilions including France.

Axel Baroux, French Trade & Invest Commissioner, commented: “Our participation at Gulfood 2024 embodies the strong synergy between France and the UAE, transcending mere trade to represent our shared visions for quality, sustainability, and innovation in the food sector. This event signifies our ongoing commitment to enriching our trade relations and fostering future collaborations. This year’s Gulfood is more than a trade show; it’s a testament to the enduring partnership between France and the UAE, showcasing France’s commitment to global health trends and culinary excellence”.

Commercial deals worth over USD 12 billion in commercial deals are anticipated to be closed at the show.


Photos: DWTC