United Arab Emirates

New grain silos to open in Fujairah

New grain silos to open in Fujairah

A plan to build grain silos in the second-smallest emirate could help improve food security in the region, if political threats materialise.

Helen and Lisa Tse: proud of their £6M achievement in selling Chinese sauces to China

Dragons' Den firm sells Chinese sauce to China

By Michael Stones

Dragons’ Den winners Helen and Lisa Tse – the driving force behind Chinese sauce manufacturer and Manchester restaurant Sweet Mandarin – have thanked Prime Minister David Cameron, after he helped them win an export deal with China worth £6M over the next...

Middle East hungry for more seafood

Middle East hungry for more seafood

By Ankush Chibber

Earlier this year, Oman embarked on one of the most ambitious food production projects in the Middle East when it announced plans to invest US$1.29bn in fisheries development from 2013 to 2020.

Regional governments will need to take the lead to encourage sustainable packaging options, says Ansell

Unwrapping innovative packaging in the Middle East

By Noel Ebdon

FoodNavigator speaks exclusively to Tim Ansell, Sales Director of UAE-based Al Thika Packaging LLC about the state of the market and what we’ll all be unwrapping in the future.

Lack of access to water is a crucial stumbling block on the path to food security in the Middle East

Abu Dhabi hopes to lead agricultural revolution

By Noel Ebdon

The first Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) is set to take place in Abu Dhabi early next year, aiming to turn the spotlight on the future of agriculture in the region.

Diabetes is growing the market for sugar-free and low calorie foods in the Middle East

Diabetes changing the way the Middle East eats

By Ankush Chibber

Food and beverage companies must take note of the growing awareness of diabetes in the Middle East if they want to truly tap the market to its full potential.

Without a reliable water supply, food self-sufficiency is a pipe dream...

Water decides the self-sufficiency issue

By Ankush Bhai Chibber

The Middle East water shortage is fast reaching crippling proportions — killing the dream of self-sufficiency in food production.

If regional conflict were to close both the Suez Canal and the Strait of Hormuz, Gulf governments could find it hard getting food into their countries

Report: Middle East faces food insecurity

By Noel Ebdon

Food security in the Middle East could be under threat due to continuing political instability in the region, according to a report from Chatham House, also known as the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Kerry has said it intends to use the UAE as a hub for the Middle Eastern, North African and Turkish markets

Kerry Group moves into Middle East

By Noel Ebdon

Global ingredients and flavours company Kerry Group is the latest to step into the Middle East, in line with recent studies showing growing consumer demand for processed foods across the region.

The Irish have their eye on the Gulf States for agri-food opportunities

Irish trade mission explores Gulf opportunities

By Noel Ebdon

The blossoming links between Ireland and the Middle East have been under the spotlight this week, as the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, leads a week-long trade mission to the Gulf States of the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia,...

New rules hit Haj food supplies

New rules hit Haj food supplies

By Noel Ebdon

The process of enforcing Saudi Arabia’s aim of employing more nationals in the private sector has had an unexpected effect on the Haj food industry this year.

Per capita, people in the UAE consume more food than anyone else in the Gulf

UAE largest food consumer in GCC region

By Noel Ebdon

Food plays a huge role in Middle Eastern society, from celebrations to hospitality and pleasure pastimes, and consumer demand is booming across the region.


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