SHEIKH HAMDAN BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM OPENS GULFOOD 2013
World’s Largest Annual Food and Hospitality Show brings Global Food Industry to Dubai
- Gulfood 2013 Welcomes Country Ministers, Ambassadors and Trade Officials from 14 Countries -
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Gulfood 2013 was inaugurated this morning (Monday) by H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, in the presence of H.E Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister for Foreign Trade, country ministers, ambassadors and dignitaries from around the world, highlighting the importance and stature of the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade event.
The 18th edition of Gulfood welcomed tens of thousands of trade visitors from all around the world on its first day at the Dubai World Trade Centre. With record exhibition space of 113,398m² hosting 4,200 companies from 110 countries, Gulfood 2013 is the largest and most international show in the event’s history.
“We thank His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE ministers and foreign dignitaries for their support of Gulfood 2013, an event that has grown consistently over the last 26 years to become a significant driver of food and beverage trade for global markets. The presence of government ministers and top level trade delegations from around the world is also testament to this fact, as is the continued interest from both large and small F&B companies to participate in the show. It is clear that Gulfood delivers substantial business contracts and facilitates unrivalled trade opportunities for both regional and international businesses,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), organiser of Gulfood.
Following the inauguration of the show, government ministers and heads of international trade delegations from over 14 countries conducted bilateral talks at the Ministers Meet.
Running until 28 February 2013, Gulfood 2013 welcomes more than 1,400 new exhibitors this year ensuring an unparalleled range of new products and technology solutions available to buyers from each sector of the food and hospitality spectrum.
Commenting on the presence of the first Ecuador pavilion at Gulfood, Hussam Hassan, Head of the Ecuadorian Commercial Office in Dubai said, “The UAE and the wider GCC are both important import and export markets for Ecuador. While imports from the UAE increased by an average of 188 per cent from 2009 to 2011, Ecuador’s exports to the UAE increased by approximately 87 per cent during the same period. Our role is to help Ecuadorian food companies expand into lucrative markets such as the UAE as well as to help UAE companies do business in Ecuador, and when it comes to the food and beverage sector, there is no better platform to do so than Gulfood.”
Leading companies and brands participating at Gulfood include Al Rawabi, Choithrams, Barry Callebaut, Bon Café, Delmonte, Dilmah, Electrolux, General Mills, Hershey’s, IPS,
Knorr, Lipton, Masafi, RAK Porcelain, Tetrapak, Sadia, Unilever and Valrhona.
The Gulfood Conferences, a series of four key summits, commenced today with H.E. Sheikha Lubna addressing senior executives of global F&B companies, dignitaries and trade professionals at the Global Food Leaders’ Summit. Other forums in the conference line-up – including the Food Packaging & Processing Forum; Food Inspection Conference and a Franchising Workshop – will take place on the remaining three days of the show.
Dedicated to improving the show’s offering each year, organisers of Gulfood have introduced a set of online interactive tools to help visitors navigate the extensive show floor for brands and products with enhanced ease and efficiency. While the Gulfood Mobile App helps visitors stay updated on all show happenings and manages pre-scheduled appointments, the Gulfood Interactive Floor plan enables easier navigation of the expansive exhibition floor by providing visual guidance to the exact location of every exhibitor, brand and product.
Recognising that effective networking at a show as great in scale as Gulfood can be challenging, organisers introduced the Gulfood Connexions progamme to help visitors save time by searching member profiles online and scheduling appointments beforehand. In addition, the Gulfood Majlis, a long-standing feature of the show, continues to offer business decision makers and senior industry professionals a focused and discreet environment to conduct top-level discussions and meetings.
Gulfood is strictly a trade-only event and is open to business and trade visitors from within the industry only. Gulfood is open 11am-7pm from February 25-27 and 11am-5pm on February 28. The online entry fee is AED125 and onsite entry fee is AED250.
For more information, please visit www.gulfood.com.
Gulfood is professionally managed and hosted by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), which provides more than three decades of experience in delivering world-class events in the Middle East, featuring local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. The extensive portfolio of leading trade and consumer brand events include The Speciality Food Festival, Sweets & Snacks Middle East, SEAFEX, GITEX Technology Week, Dubai International Boat Show and Dubai International Motor Show.
About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
As the organiser of Gulfood 2013, Dubai World Trade Centre offers more than 32 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.