Dubai’s external food trade hits AED32 billion in H1 2020

Imports totalled AED22bn including AED3 billion on meat
Trade, Dubai, Import, Export, F&B, Food

Dubai Customers has revealed that the emirate’s external food trade volumes in the first half of 2020 totalled nine million tonnes, representing a value of AED32 billion.

According to the latest statistics, Dubai’s food imports reached AED22 billion, with AED3 billion of that livestock, meat, and meat products, AED755 million was fish, and AED4.5 billion of vegetables and fruits.


Dubai’s food exports reached AED5.5 billion, or 2.1 million metric tonnes,  including AED1.8 billion of fruits and vegetables.

His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said: “Dubai has developed innovative solutions to monitor and strengthen food security. The Dubai Food Security Dashboard, developed by a local government team, uses advanced technology to optimise food trade and stocks, manage price control and find alternative food import routes and sources.”

His Excellency Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, said: “Food trade figures in the first half of 2020 reflect a healthy and robust economy. The high volumes helped ensure food security and meet local market needs for different food commodities in a timely manner even at the height of the global Covid-19 crisis.”

He added: “A number of initiatives taken by the government including the launch of a generous stimulus package boosted the business continuity of players in the sector and the broader economy.”

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