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Dubai set to host global tea forum

The city is set to host the biennial two-day Global Dubai Tea Forum 2008 for the tea industry.

Dubai's position as an important trading hub for the tea industry will be consolidated in February 2008 when the city hosts the Global Dubai Tea Forum 2008, a biennial two-day forum that is expected to attract representatives from across the tea industry.

The event, which will be held at Dubai's Hyatt Regency, on February 19-20, 2008, is being hosted by the Dubai Tea Trading Centre (DTTC), an initiative of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC). The focus of the event will be on sharing industry-specific knowledge and best practices for improving tea production and marketing worldwide.

Representatives from India, Iran, Kenya, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, as well as from Dubai and the DTTC are expected to make presentations at the event. The forum will also include exhibition space allowing tea companies to showcase their newest products and services.

"Dubai's strategic geographical location between the world's major tea-producing and tea-consuming countries means that large volumes of tea regularly pass through its ports, effectively making the emirate the industry's global gateway for tea," said Dr David Rutledge, CEO, DMCC.

Dubai is therefore ideally positioned to host this global forum, which will provide unprecedented opportunities for discussion, debate and networking," In 2006 the DTTC helped establish Dubai as a hub for tea trading by almost doubling the trade for the previous 10 months.

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