Market Profile – United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Market Profile – United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Market Profile – United Arab Emirates (UAE):

The current economic stance in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one an open market policies and economic openness. The UAE is actively seeking to diversify its economy away from crude oil and traditional commodities to more diversified market sectors. The following sectors: education, sustainable energy sector, food and beverage services, infrastructure and accommodation.

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Austrade services – UAE:

Every market is different. But wherever you want to do business, local knowledge goes a long way. Whether in Australia or through one of our offices around the world, Austrade can give you the experience, insights and contacts you need to make your expansion a success.

Austrade can help you:

  • Understand the market – Better understand the market you’re thinking of entering, or discover one you’d never considered, we give you the lowdown on export issues, statistics, trends and regulations relevant to your product.
  • Make a connection – We can introduce you to experienced locals who can help your business with importing, distribution or support.
  • Be more efficient – We can help you make the most of your time overseas by arranging appointments for you in advance.
  • Get feedback – After your visit, we’ll get honest feedback from local contacts, giving you an insight into their take on what you offer, and their potential as business partners.
  • Promote yourself – When you’re ready to launch overseas, we can help you with your marketing plan, with access to key trade shows and ways to reach your target audience.

Find out more about the services Austrade provides to Australian exporters on our trade services page.

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Market Insights: UAE

DFAT also provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to the UAE.  This information is regularly updated and should be checked before planning travel.

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GAIN Report Number: TC2019-0015

Natural and Organic Food Market in the United Arab Emirate

Date: 9 December 2019

ED: Whilst the above reports on the UAE market is from a USA export perspective, it is also useful for Australian exporters interested in or already involved with this market:

“Based on retailers’ reviews and market observations, Post anticipates a steady rise in the demand for natural, organic, healthy and free-from products in the region. Sizeable disposable incomes, a more “health-conscious” consumer and UAE government initiatives to lower obesity will accelerate the demand for these food products over the coming years. As recently as 2015, organic and “natural” food options in the UAE were limited and found primarily to specialty stores. Today, consumers have access to a plethora of these products in most major UAE hypermarkets, supermarkets and even some smaller convenient stores. Additionally, in just the last few years UAE retailers have sought to capitalize on this growing consumer trend by dedicating more shelf-space for organics products.”

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United Arab Emirates: FAIRS  Annual Country Report

Date: 5 January 2019

In 2018 the United Arab Emirates (UAE) introduced new and amended regulatory requirements related to the importation and sale of agricultural goods. Notable policy changes include the registration process for food products, additive standards, halal and conformity assessment measures. U.S. agricultural suppliers are advised to consult with local importers prior to shipping to ensure regulatory compliance. This report is intended to be used in conjunction with information provided in the 2018 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) Export Certificate Report for the United Arab Emirates.

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