November 29, 2023

Food City

The Best Darn Food City Uou Can Get

Dubai authorities highlight commercial ease and political stability to lure food manufacturing investment

Although Dubai is the most populous and urban city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), local authorities believe more work still needs to be done before it can call itself the region’s food hub, much like Singapore is to Asia.

In a bid to achieve this status, the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) has established a specialised Business Transformation Office to attract international and regional businesses into the city, with a strong focus on food and beverage firms.

“Dubai has a lot to offer both investors and existing food firms here – from a business perspective, the environment is definitely a friendly one on all levels from government to federal to local and the BTO has been established specifically to facilitate this,”​ DET Director-General Helal Saeed Al Marri told the floor at the recent Gulfood 2023 event.

“This of course translates into much higher ease of doing business at every level, and combined with other benefits such as the world-class infrastructure that has been made available here, the commercial viability is strong for just about all food and beverage businesses.

“In addition, amidst all of the conflict going on and the impacts that the pandemic has had on the global supply chain, the political and economic conditions here remain stable and progress has been continuous, which is a very important factor for any business looking to grow steadily to consider.”

BTO Senior Advisor AbdelRahman ElHousseiny added that this is evidenced by both existing regulations as well as the government’s active work to revise and amend regulations to make these as industry-friendly as possible, particularly when the food sector is involved.