PRIME MINISTER OF SPAIN ATTENDS THE SPANISH NATIONAL PAVILION AT GULFOOD 2011
Official visit highlights importance of Gulfood for Europe’s leading food producing countries
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero attended The Spanish National Pavilion at Gulfood 2011 today (Tuesday), highlighting the scale and influence of the Middle East’s most important trade show for the global food and beverage industry.
Welcomed by Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre, and accompanied by the CEO of the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade, Fernando Salazar and the Ambassador of Spain to the UAE, Gonzalo de Benito Secades, Prime Minister Zapatero took time to tour the exhibition before visiting Spain’s dedicated pavilion. More than 160 Spanish companies are represented at this year’s show, an increase of 37 percent on last year.
“We are honoured to welcome Prime Minister Zapatero to Dubai and to Gulfood. The show is now recognised as the world’s largest annual event for the food industry and Spain’s presence at the show is significant. Business opportunities in the Middle East and neighbouring regions have never been greater and the record participation at Gulfood is a clear demonstration of that,” said Mr Almarri. “Spain has been a key supporter of Gulfood for many years and we look forward to many more years of collaborative success.”
Agro-food and beverage exports from Spain into the GCC exceeded € 400 million in 2010, with UAE the key growth market. Products enjoying the greatest demand in the region include olive oil, nuts, fresh and frozen meats, seafood, fresh produce, and confectionery. Exports into the UAE of food and beverage products totalled € 200 millions for 2010.
Gulfood 2011 takes place until 2 March 2011 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. A record 3,800 exhibitors from 100 countries are taking part this year with a total of 60,000 trade visitors expected to attend during the four day show.
Gulfood is strictly a trade-only event and is open to business and trade visitors from within the industry only. Industry business professionals on the day of the show will be able to buy either a Day Pass for AED 75, or a Four Day Pass for AED 150. Gulfood is open from 11am – 7pm Sunday 27 February 2011 to Tuesday 1 March 2011 and from 11am to 5pm on Wednesday 2 March.
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 31 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.