MINISTER OF FOREIGN TRADE H.E. SHEIKHA LUBNA AL QASIMI TO DELIVER OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT GULFOOD CONFERENCE
Middle East markets of key importance to Global Food Industry
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, UAE is confirmed to deliver the opening keynote address at this year’s Gulfood Conference as the global food and hospitality industry focus their attention on the UAE and Gulfood, the world’s largest annual trade show for the sector.
Taking place from 19 – 22 February 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gulfood 2012 has attracted more than 3,800 exhibitors from 88 countries, and is expected to draw more than 65,000 trade visitors over the four day period.
The annual Gulfood Conference running concurrently with the exhibition brings together over 40 world class speakers and experts to present insights and innovations shaping the global food industry. Sheikha Lubna will focus on the economic outlook on the food market, including the key issues of food security, rising food prices in global markets, and the policies and trends informing local sourcing versus food imports.
Her Excellency will highlight Dubai’s position as a key international trading hub and the role the city will play in driving sustained growth throughout the region through trade, exports and re-exports.
Helal Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of Gulfood said: “The honour of Sheikha Lubna’s presence at this year’s Gulfood Conference is testament to the importance of Gulfood as a platform for trade on a truly global scale. Dubai is the number one export market for a number of countries around the world, and Gulfood’s commitment to the industry extends well beyond business brokering, to networking and knowledge exchange. This year’s conference elevates Gulfood’s offering to new levels of excellence.”
The Gulfood Conference consists of four specialised programmes that reflect the latest international industry trends. Food Leaders Summit sponsored by Unilever, Pro Chile and Global Food Industries, will highlight keys to leadership success. Foodpreneur Forum will offer practical guidance for professionals in the planning, research and test phases of new market development or product launch. Food Processing & Packaging Forum will discuss the key challenges facing manufacturing, processing and packaging industry professionals in today’s economy, with a combination of case studies, keynote sessions and interactive discussions.
Keynote presentations during the Gulfood Conference will be delivered by the leaders of global players including Essa Al Ghurair, Chairman, Al Ghurair Foods; Yousuff Ali M.A, Managing Director, Emke Group and Lulu International; Sanjeev Chadha, President MEA, PepsiCo and Eelco Camminga, VP, South Africa, Middle East & Pakistan, Unilever.
The Gulfood Workshop on Franchising offers a complete session on food franchising led by industry experts and will familiarise delegates with franchising options, feasibility issues, financial and legal criteria, and differentiation between local and international markets.
Gulfood Conferences are open to business and trade visitors within the industry. The cost of attending the Food Leaders Summit, Foodpreneur Forum, Food Processing and Packaging Forum is AED1,295 each, and AED950 to attend the Franchise Workshop. Attend all four for AED3,995. Visit www.gulfood.com/conferences for further information and registration.
For more information, please visit www.gulfood.com.
Organised since 1987, Gulfood is the region's largest and most important industry event of the year and a strategic platform for buyers and sellers to conduct direct business face to face. The exhibition is a showcase for manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers from around the world, representing all of the key sectors within the food and hospitality trade.
The trade-only show reported record visitor attendance in 2010 with a total of 55,379 trade professionals from 152 countries attending the exhibition.
About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
As the organiser of Gulfood 2011, Dubai World Trade Centre offers more than 30 years experience delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 18 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.
Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.