The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country in Western Asia of around 9.6 million inhabitants. It is part of the larger regional organisation, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), along with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. The whole region comprises of 65 million inhabitants.

Revenue from the food and beverage industry is expected to reach USD194 million in 2020. Food consumption is estimated to reach 59.2 million tonnes by 2021. In 2018, total imports amounted to USD6.9 billion, the major trading partners being Brazil, the United States and the United Kingdom.

High growth categories in the UAE are: Savory Snacks, Sweet spreads, Baby food, Processed meat and seafood, Sauces, dressings and condiments, Breakfast cereals, Rice, pasta and noodles, Baked goods, Ready meals. In the Health category, consumers are looking more and more for alternatives such as organic, vegan and gluten-free options. 

If you are a brand within these categories, then doing business in the UAE might bring you great opportunities. Always be mindful of local tastes, preferences and regulations, meaning you will need to conduct thorough R&D to adapt to consumers’ needs.

Below are some of the current export opportunities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), this page is continuously updated so please check back.

If you would like your opportunity listing on our website, please get in touch via the relevant contact forms listed at the bottom of this page

High Protein Baked Goods

A Middle Eastern retailer is looking to source a high protein baked goods for their outlets – these can be loaves, morning goods and any other bakery items

The product should be with a minimum of 7 days shelf life and ambient.

The products would be required to be sent to a UK destination for exporting and no Arabic labelling or date coding is required as this will be done by the company taking title of the goods in the UK.

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Probiotic Bars

A UAE distributor is looking to source probiotic bars for their retail clients

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Alternative Vegan Cheese

A UAE contact would like to source alternative vegan cheese products. These products should not already be available in the UAE market. (various types i.e. mozzarella, cheddar; & formats i.e. slices, grated, spreads, etc.)

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Alternative Milk Products

A UAE distributor is actively sourcing a supplier of alternative milk products (i.e. ready-to-drink, coffees, actual milk alternatives)

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Plant-based Alternatives

A UAE distributor is looking for plant-based chicken and fish alternatives, these should be frozen not chilled products.

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Vegan Pies

A UAE distributor focusing on plant-based and healthy products is looking  for a manufacturer of vegan savoury pies

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1000mg Vitamin C Effervescent Tablets

A large health food retailer is looking for a supply of 1000mg vitamin C effervescent tablets (any brand will be considered)

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Organic Konjac Noodles

An organic retailer is seeking organic konjac noodles for their stores and ideally to offer in their own private label

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Recyclable Products

A large distributor would like to find a producer or supplier of recyclable plastic wrapping, eco bin liners, baking paper and wrapping paper as would be supplied in the supermarkets

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