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WOP DUBAI 2015 set new records in exhibitor and visitor numbers

WOP DUBAI 2016 will take place November 13–15 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

The 2015 edition of WOP DUBAI – the only dedicated exhibition for fresh fruits & vegetables trade in the Middle East – turned out to be the region’s most important annual platform for fresh industry members to meet and do business.

For the seventh consecutive year, the show WOP DUBAI was under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality.

The show, held October 5-7 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, was inaugurated by H.E. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director- General of the Dubai Municipality and organised in cooperation with Dubai Municipality.

The overall outcome of the show this year once again reflected the huge growth in the trade of perishables in the Middle East, organisers said in a press release. They said it proved the position of WOP DUBAI as the only trade fair for fresh produce in the region as well as strengthen the emirate of Dubai as an important destination and a worldwide trading centre for fruits and vegetables.

WOP DUBAI achieved strong growth in 2015: with 205 exhibitors from 30 different countries – an increase of 20% – and 25% more exhibition space rented out. In terms of visitors, 11% more people attended, taking total visitor numbers to 4,923. They came from 76 countries.

The exhibitor companies were very satisfied with the visitor response, and many registered as exhibitors for next year even before the trade fair ended. Some also signed up for much larger exhibitor spaces.

International interest in WOP DUBAI increased once again in 2015. There were official country pavilions representing 14 countries: Egypt, Australia, Belgium, China, France, Italy, Kenya, Moldova, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda, Mauritius and Spain.

This year the event will once again be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre – the most prestigious exhibition center in the Middle East – with a bigger space booked in order to provide exhibitors with more services and space options in halls 5, 6 & 7.


Date: 13 – 15 November

Location: Dubai World Trade Centre

Halls: 5, 6, 7.

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Gulfood 2016 promises more tastes, trends and trade

Its 1st Russian pavilion and the 3rd Halal World Food, an upscaled visitor experience and three new indoor halls will be among the features of Gulfood 2016, taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from Sunday February 21 to Thursday February 25.

Its 1st Russian pavilion and the 3rd Halal World Food, an upscaled visitor experience and three new indoor halls will be among the features of Gulfood 2016, taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from Sunday February 21 to Thursday February 25.

Billed as the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade show, Gulfood is expected to draw more than 5,000 international companies from 120 countries, cementing its standing as a leading global food trading platform. And among the 85,000-plus visitors from more than 170 countries expected, it will host international heads of state, ministers, government officials and national trade associations from five continents.

‘More Tastes, More Trends and More Trade’ are promised for the 2016 edition of this specialist event, which will welcome tens of thousands of finished food suppliers, bulk commodity wholesalers and exporters. Its first Russian national pavilion will be one of 114 national pavilions. Another highlight will be the prize ceremony for the 2016 Gulfood awards – designed to celebrate excellence and innovation across every category of the global food industry – taking place at a gala dinner on the first day of the show.

“Gulfood is internationally renowned for providing a trusted and accessible platform for the world’s food industry to meet, transact and trade out of Dubai – one of the world’s most diverse, energetic and vibrant trading hubs,” said Trixie LohMirmand, DWTC’s senior vice president of exhibitions and events management.

“As global food producers and traders establish new supply routes to reach customers and monetise opportunities in emerging markets, the heightened visitor experience will enable industry heavyweights to make strategic purchasing decisions with trusted suppliers, all while consolidating the UAE’s key role as a major transshipment destination for food products and hospitality equipment,” she said.

Meanwhile, the 3rd Halal World Food, the world’s biggest annual Halal food sourcing trade event, will leverage Dubai’s mounting credentials as a global Islamic Economy capital and increase the emirate’s share of year-round trading in halal foods.

“This is now an essential prerequisite for any supplier looking to establish a foothold in the world’s fastest growing food industry sectors with the global Halal market expected to reach US$10 trillion by 2030,” LohMirmand said.

From specialty and fine food, to the widest range of organic food and drink, Gulfood is an opportunity to discover unique products from hundreds of specialist producers and over 110 international pavilions. Specialty areas covered are artisanal products, children’s products, ethnic food, fair trade, gift packs/hampers, gourmet & fine food, Halal products, health/wellness products, organic products, private label, ready meals and special diet products.

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