37% increase in visitors shows region’s appetite for food and beverage products

With a 37% increase in visitor numbers at the 2013 edition, SIAL Middle East has cemented its position as the genuine business class event for the food and beverage industry in the region. SIAL Middle East 2013 attracted more than 17000 attendees over 3 days to meet more than 700 exhibitors from 52 countries.

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Growing at an average of 20% in exhibit space and 30% increase in visitors each year, SIAL Middle East is now recognized as a must attend event.

See what the exhibitors had to say about the event...

SIAL Middle East is very interesting. We have had great success so far and we have met a lot of serious businessmen and buyers who are very interested in our products. We are glad to present our products in front of lots of people and we had a lot of visitors from different countries. At the same time we have visited a lot of other stands which we were interested to visit in their home countries but meeting them here saves us a lot of effort. We believe SIAL Middle East is a very important event and have decided to double our stand size for 2014. Mohamed Ahmed Al Shehhi, CEO, M.A.N Investments

We have taken part in SIAL Middle East for many years as we represent the US Consulate and we are here to support the 22 companies that are taking part in SIAL Middle East. In comparison to the last few times that we took part in SIAL, we feel that there are an increasing number of people who visit this exhibition Jude Akhidenor, Regional Agricultural Attache, The Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA)

We are a newly established company in the Emirates and we are here to meet clients, potential customers and partners from the surrounding areas within the Middle East. On our first day at SIAL Middle East, we have had an excellent, very busy day, with many interested parties. If the following two days continue on like this, we will consider our participation in the SIAL Middle East exhibition as a successCharles M Pedersen, Managing Partner, Trading Flavours

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Glimpses from SIAL Middle East

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The SIAL Group Strength

From its inception in Paris in 1964, SIAL Group is now the largest international network of trade exhibitions devoted to the food industry.

Acclaimed for its experience as an elite organiser of B2B exhibitions, SIAL Group events are adapted to local environments, whilst consistently offering a top level of customer service, business contacts and return on investment.

The SIAL Group network includes:

  • 9,300 exhibitors from over 100 countries
  • 370,000 sqm of exhibition space
  • 220,000 visitors from 200 countries
  • 50 exclusive agents worldwide
  • 6 leading B2B events on 5 continents
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The Abu Dhabi Advantage

Access to the region. A modern and safe commercial hub, Abu Dhabi is perfectly positioned for you to meet potential partners from across the Middle East.

Award winning venue. In 2011, ADNEC won awards for the Middle East’s Leading Exhibition Centre, International Venue of the Year, and Best International Venue.

Government support. The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority will continue to support efforts to host VIP buyers, drive media coverage and grow the event in 2014.

A burgeoning hospitality and tourism industry. The Government has identified tourism as a key priority within its 2030 Development Plan, with tourism-related projects worth US$235 billion planned through to 2018.

Liberalised import rules. In January 2012, the UAE Cabinet decided to further liberalise the trade of essential commodities in a move to end monopoly and arrest soaring food prices. The move includes beverages, dairy products, livestock and edible oils.

Buyers need new products. A young, wealthy and multicultural population is demanding a better variety of products and ingredients.

Khalifa Port. The UAE is already an important regional hub with the third largest amount of re-exports in the world. The opening of Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi will open up new import and reexport capacity at the only automated port for a 3,000 mile radius.

Diversified economy. The local food processing sector is expanding rapidly with attractive financing and subsidies from Government and now accounts for over 40% of the industrial investment outside of the oil and gas sector in the UAE.

Entry policy. SIAL Middle East is strictly a trade only exhibition. There is no admission for the general public or persons under the age of 18.

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