Gulfood, one of the world’s top exhibitions for the food, drink, foodservice and hospitality industry, is preparing for its biggest edition yet to be held from 23rd to 25th February 2009. With four exciting days of dedicated events and programmes Gulffood will include the co-located Ingredients Middle East Exhibition, Restaurant and Cafe Middle East, Emirates International Salon Culinaire, the renowned Dubai International Food and Safety Conference and a comprehensive programme for the beverage industry.
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To meet the increased industry demand, Gulfood will expand to a record 80,000 sqm area, and will for the first time be held at two local venues; the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and Airport Expo Dubai.
Airport Expo Dubai will provide a showcase for hundreds of products and exhibitors now able to participate for the first time, including major new country pavilions such as Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Iran, Kuwait, Pakistan and many more.
Gulfood will welcome over 3,300 international companies keen to establish and build upon the regions reputation as an important trading hub. With over 90% of food items in the GCC imported, new opportunities for producers and distributors are extensive and this growing market has attracted 80 government sponsored country pavilions specialising in the food and hospitality sector such Bulgaria, Iceland, Montenegro and Russia, among others, as well as representation from government trade bodies and export associations.
All of these features will provide the region with a comprehensive, one-stop-supply-shop where visitors and exhibitors can learn about the dynamics of each country’s food industry, discuss business and trade opportunities, and network with companies from every major producer nation.
‘Gulfood is an event of true international stature; the biggest brands and some of the most recognisable names in the industry will be using it as a platform to bring their products and services to one of the largest buying communities in the world. Gulfood has become the primary event for Arab companies and government organisations to demonstrate their increasing contribution to the growing hospitality sector,’said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the event.
Ingredients Middle East will co-locate with Gulfood to form one of the world’s first exhibitions to bring together the industrial sector with food manufacturers and processors. Leading ingredients companies will be displaying leading products that range from preservatives and additives to dietary supplements and nutrients.
The 4th Dubai International Food Safety Conference, organised by Dubai Municipality, will also be present to examine the challenges and issues in the Middle East market with renowned speakers from around the world. The conference attracts more than 900 delegates and will this year focus on the theme ‘Food Safety in Light of Food Security’.
Update about Gulf Food 2009
Dubai, Feb 03rd, 2009 (WAM): Gulfood organiser Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has announced that exhibition space for this year’s show has sold out despite a slowdown in the global economy, according to organisers.
Both international and local food and beverage chains are continuing to invest in the UAE’s food and drink sector, despite the global economic downturn, says just-food.com – the food industry’s leading online resource.
The region’s leading food, drink and hospitality exhibition and the largest trade exhibition in the Middle East, has grown a further 20pc through the allocation of more space at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) and the additional venue at Airport Expo Dubai, in order to meet exhibitors’ augmented demand.