By Staff writer
More than $220m worth of dates were traded with foreign countries during the holy month
More than $4.4bn worth of food stuffs was traded to and from Dubai during Ramadan last year, Dubai Customs has revealed.
Sugar was the most traded item, with $1.4bn, followed by rice ($1.3bn), nuts ($1bn) and bottled water ($270m). More than $220m worth of dates were traded with foreign countries during the holy month.
A total of 6 million tonnes of foods most common during Ramadan were traded.
Dubai Customs said there was typically higher demand for such items during the holy month, when Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset and then break their fast with an Iftar meal.
Dubai Customs director of strategy and corporate excellence Ahmed Abdul Salam Kazim said strict inspection and screening procedures were needed to ensure safety and quality of the foodstuffs during Ramadan.