The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently organised two seminars in cooperation with its Azerbaijan and Kenya representative offices which aimed to provide clarity and insight on existing requirements for halal meat and tea products that are imported into the UAE.
Hosted on the sidelines of Gulfood 2018, the events were held within two days, and attended by delegates from the UAE, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kenya, including representatives from agri-food companies and government export promotion agencies.
The first seminar, held at the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre’s (DMCC) Tea Centre, focused on standards currently in place that apply to tea imports. Sessions covered the advantages and incentives that Dubai can offer tea manufacturers and exporters as the Middle and North Africa’s leading trade hub.
Director of International Offices at Dubai Chamber,Omar Khan, in a welcome remark, stressed the importance of hosting events that keep agricultural exporters and producers informed and up-to-date on new rules and requirements relating to food and beverage products sold in the UAE.
He pointed out that the UAE remains one of the world’s largest re-exporters of tea and noted that tea sales in the country have been growing steadily in recent years, adding that sales in this category are expected to exceed AED 1 billion by 2021.
The second seminar, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, provided useful information for exporters and producers of halal meat, as well valuable insights on Dubai’s fast-growing halal industries.
Among the organisations supporting the event were the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation, Belarus Chamber of Commerce and Bel Inter Expo, Enterprise Georgia, Kiev Chamber of Commerce and Ukraine Export Promotion Office, and Stavropol Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Established in 1965, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a non-profit public entity, whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai by creating a favourable business environment, supporting the development of business, and by promoting Dubai as an international business hub.