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22 March 2021 - 8 April 2021
Virtual mission of the Netherlands to Gulf region

Food


Food security is high on the agenda in the Gulf countries. Investments in the horticultural sector run like a red thread through the efforts of the various countries. In this area, Oman is mainly focusing on modernizing the sector, while UAE is particularly looking to expand their production capacity. In addition, each of these two markets have specific trends and developments that may be of interest to you, for example in the field of aquaculture, veal and poultry, post harvest losses and the popularity of organic products.

Challenges and Opportunities


United Arab Emirates (UAE)

  • The UAE is by far the largest economy of the two countries in the mission. The UAE wants to stimulate its own production and therefore stimulates investment in the horticultural sector, which many investors want to get into using foreign technology. In addition to the most famous emirate of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain also offer many opportunities for further development of the horticultural sector.
  • The enormous tourism sector makes Dubai an interesting market for fruit, vegetables and other consumer products and semi-finished products (ingredients) from the food sector.
  • Post harvest losses, but also food waste are points of attention in the UAE.
  • The poultry industry has developed well in recent years. Still, significant opportunities remain for equipment, day-old chicks and hatching egg suppliers.
  • Aquaculture is under development in the UAE, making the market for technology in this sector open to anyone who wants to get involved.
  • The market for (veal) meat, as well as vegetable meat substitutes, is still developing strongly in the UAE.

    Oman

    • Oman has traditionally been a country where fruit and vegetables were produced. However, modernization of this sector is necessary. The Dutch embassy in Muscat has commissioned a study to further investigate the needs in this sector. The first results of this study will be presented during the mission.
    • Oman wants to further develop the aquaculture sector in the country. The Dutch embassy in Muscat has commissioned a study to further investigate the needs in this sector. The first results of this study will be presented during the mission.

      Market opportunities by country

    UAE

    Oman

    Horticulture, technology

    X

    X

    Horticulture, products

    X

    X

    Food waste

    X

    Poultry

    X

    Aquaculture

    X

    X

    Biological

    Meat

    X

    Program

    For the detailed program, please check the Agenda on this website. If you click on a session, a detailed program of that session will popup.

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      Closed since 1 April 2021

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      Participants

      India 1
      Italy 1
      Netherlands 159
      Oman 111
      Qatar 1
      Saudi Arabia 7
      United Arab Emirates 272
      Total 552

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