Britain keen to increase food products trade in UAE


Staff Report

The UK is keen to enhance food trade with the UAE and in this regards a large British trade delegation in collaboration with the Department for International Trade is visiting the UAE.

Kamal Vachani, Group Director of Al Maya Group, received the trade delegation led by Department of International Trade and European Regional Development Fund along with other members of the delegation of 11 British Food producers at Al Maya Supermarket at Murooj Complex in Dubai on November 20. The delegates include a mix of natural and organic food producers. The trade mission was managed by the British Centres for Business, the delivery partner of the British Embassy.

Kamal Vachani said Al Maya distributes and sells a big range of British products in the UAE and these products are high in demand in the country. The delegation appreciated the efforts of Al Maya for promoting British products in the UAE.

Most popular products coming from the UK are John West, Mornflake, Whole Earth, Napolina, Ocean Spray, OOMF, Baxters, etc.

Total trade between the UK and UAE rose by over 12 per cent to £17.5 billion ($22.4 billion) in 2017, according to the official figures released by the UAE government. Last year, UK exports to UAE amounted to £11.1 billion while UK imports from the UAE were £6.4 billion as the UK reported a trade surplus of £4.7 billion.

Of all UK exports to the UAE in 2017, £7.6 billion (68.8 per cent) were goods and £3.5 billion (31.2 per cent) were services. Of all UK imports from the UAE, £4.3 billion (66.8%) were goods and £2.1 billion (33.2 per cent) were services, according to the figures.

Demand for British goods and services continues to grow in 2018 as the UK’s exports rose to £637 billion in the year to August 2018, according to the Office for National Statistics – the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics.

Al Maya Group, the UAE-based business conglomerate, has more than 50 supermarkets in the GCC countries in addition to other businesses.

Kamal Vachani thanks the trade delegation for visiting Al Maya Supermarket, and assured his full support from Al Maya Group for importing more and more F&B goods from Britain.