The UAE imported over US$450m worth of French produce in 2018, according to the French trade agency.
It was part of a total of US$2.2bn worth of French beverages, dairy, products, and fruits imported by the Middle East region as a whole this year.
The figures were released as the UAE celebrates ‘bon appetit’ week with a number of French brands being showcased in partnership with supermarket brand Carrefour.
As part of the celebration, a workshop for bloggers was led by the executive chef of Alserkal Avenue’s Inked, Hadrien Villedieu, offering a special Christmas menu using only French produce.
The menu included seared scallops, chestnut puree and vanilla foam while the main course consisted of slow cooked chicken breast, confit of caramelised Cadiou shallots, Maille mustard creamy sauce and reduced jus. It was completed with a unique roasted gingerbread French toast made with Lune de Miel honey, and an orange blossom sorbet.