By Lynne Nolan
Icelandic and Columbian food companies keen to profit from the region's retail opportunities.
Gulfood is set to boast the most diverse selection of visitors and exhibitors in its history in Dubai next year, its organiser has claimed.
“Gulfood is looking forward to welcoming pavilions from Kuwait, Pakistan, Iran, Peru and even as far as Iceland and Columbia who have read the results from previous shows and want to play a part in leveraging Dubai’s position at the heart of the international trade network,” revealed Helal Saeed Al Marri, director general, Dubai World Trade Centre.
The trade-only event’s 14th edition, organised by Dubai World Trade Centre, will occupy 80,000m² between the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and Airport Expo Dubai from February 23 to 26.
The trade-only show reported record visitor attendance in 2008 with a total of 39,147 trade professionals from 148 countries.
The additional venue this year offers space for companies looking to break into the market and organisers have vowed to provide a complimentary transport service for visitors between the two venues.
For the first year Gulfood will be co-located with Ingredients Middle East, an exhibition which caters for suppliers of raw material and ingredients for food, beverages and health food.
Restaurant & Café Middle East, a trade-only exhibition designed to meet the needs of industry professionals in the set-up and operations supply chain, including interior designers, tableware manufacturers and contract furnishing suppliers, will return at 2009’s show.