Middle East Congress - New in 2005
The Middle East Congress, powered
by Eurofruit Magazine, is the new conference and networking event
for the international fresh produce business in the Middle East,
one of the new emerging markets for fresh fruit and vegetables.
Dubai, one of the region's most vibrant commercial centres, is the
location for the event, which takes place at the Grand Hyatt Dubai
from 5-7 September 2005.
Delegates attending the Middle East Congress can stay at the
congress hotel at specially reduced rates, taking advantage of
deluxe accommodation and extensive facilities during the
conference itself and for social meetings outside the official
The Middle East Congress offers the best opportunities to meet and
do business with the widest number of key fresh produce
professionals from the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America,
North America, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.
The conference event offers unrivalled networking opportunities
with hour-long networking breaks, informal buffet lunch and
cocktail evenings after the conference sessions have closed for
Tours to the Dubai wholesale market at Al-Aweer, the new,
state-of-the-art Dubai Flower Centre and to a local supermarket
are also scheduled.
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relocation put off
AL AWIR MARKET TO BE FUNCTIONAL AFTER
PEAK-SALE SEASON; TRADERS WELCOME MOVE
By Bassma Al
Jandaly (Staff Reporter) GULF NEWS on Monday, December 8, 2003
Al Hamriyah Fruit and Vegetable Market is now expected to stay at
its current location for another four months, despite earlier
plans to move to Al Awir on January 2.
Officials from Dubai Municipality concede that it might be
difficult for market traders to move early in the new year as it
coincides with the peak sales season.
The civic body will issue a decision following detailed
discussions with a committee of traders.
Stall holders have voiced their fears over the timing of the move
and say that a delay would allow other work to be finished, such
as the second phase of labour accommodation at the new market
which is not yet ready.
In addition, they want enhanced fittings and a better decor
throughout their shops. While this is work they would do at their
own expense, they say it is very difficult to find a contracting
company prepared to finish the work within such a limited time.
Traders from Al Hamriyah Fruit and Vegetable Market, who are
paying "inflated" sums to replace their old shops, have urged the
civic body to be more flexible.
Speaking to Gulf News, some cited the fact that officials
were obliged to work in cooperation with them, according to the
directives of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown
Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, who is keen to make the
move to the new market a hassle-free exercise.
Qassim Sultan, Director General of the municipality, paid a visit
to the site of the new Dh152-million Dubai Central Fruit and
Vegetable Market in Al Awir on the Emirates Road last month and
ordered that all the construction work should be completed before
the move takes place.
One trader said: "We were told to pack up and leave before January
2 because demolition work at the site would start the same day. On
the other hand, the officials of the municipality said the new
market is designed to meet the requirements of the emirate's fruit
and vegetables trade until 2012."
He added that the municipality is putting the final touches to the
new market. All the shops, stalls, offices, buildings and other
facilities in the area are ready.
The only unfinished parts are the second phase of the Dh17-million
labour camp for up to 2,500 workers, which is expected to be ready
by April 22.
It caters to people employed by market traders, as well as the
municipality workers and truck drivers. Its four three-storey
buildings will each have 70 rooms. Each room can accommodate up to
eight people. There will be facilities such as common kitchens,
dining halls and bathrooms.
There will also be a 100-room motel for truck drivers, a
cafeteria, residential quarters for those working in the market, a
mosque, car services and petrol stations, garbage collection
areas, a police station, a civil defence unit, a post office, a
bank, a supermarket, a pharmacy and restaurants.
The municipality is also finalising the construction works on
buildings to be occupied by the shop owners offices, shops and an
administrative section – all built at a cost of Dh15 million.
There will also be a mosque big enough for 1,000 people.
An Enoc petrol station will be created, along with a new Dubai
Civil Defence station, while a Dubai Co-operative Union has taken
The final stages of a Dh2.6-million sewage network are now ready
and the municipality is in the final stages of landscaping,
installing signposts and other extras.
Each shop in the wholesale market is provided with two parking
lots each for loading and unloading goods. Centralised
refrigerators and warehouses will also be set up in this section.
There will be an area assigned for the trucks to queue up before
entering the direct trading zone. This section will include a zone
for buyers and retail traders.
More than Dh140 million was earned from public auctions for the
132 shops, cold stores, stalls, 'bastas' (racks for vendors),
restaurants, cafes and office space.
Stores with an area of only 192 square metres were auctioned for
Dh4.89 million, while stores with an area of 102 square metres
were sold for a floor price of Dh1.95 million.
Some wholesale shops were auctioned for Dh1.26 million, while the
bastas, with an area ranging from 92 to 172sq.m, were auctioned
off for a total of Dh4.62 million.
A restaurant was sold for a record amount of Dh5.10 million, while
a building for public services brought in Dh1.80 million, and a
cafeteria went for Dh700,000.
Dramatic increase in areas for shops
* The new wholesale market in Al Awir comprises of seven blocks
having 284 outlets.
* It stands on an area of 1,116,000 square metres.
* The new market is conveniently located on Emirates Road, which
links Dubai with Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates.
* Each shop has an area of 180 square meters.
* The market complex will have stores, post office, police
station, a civil defence station, a bank and labour accommodation.
And the old market...
* Al Hamriyah market was first opened to the public in 1979, and
currently employs over 1,500 workers.
* The municipality has ambitious plans for the area after the
market is demolished.
* It stands on a total area of 450,000 square metres and has 189
* Each shop occupies an area of 116 square metres.
* Also the complex lack other facilities such as stores, police
station, civil defence station, bank, etc.
Export-import standards to be enforced this
authority to apply national and GCC specifications, standards on
all products coming in, going out
By Stanley Carvalho
(Staff Reporter) GULF NEWS on Monday, June 23rd, 2003
Abu Dhabi Emirates Authority for
Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) will make it mandatory for
exports and imports to meet national and GCC product
specifications and standards this year, officials announced
This is in line with maintaining high
standards of products coming into the country as well as those
going out and safeguarding public health and the environment, and
it will also bolster the GCC customs union plans.
ESMA will shortly appoint and
international company to undertake testing and certification of
products in the country of origin as well as in the UAE.
"This initiative will support local
industry and upgrade product quality standards through conformity
certificates and specifications and will support GCC moves to
create a customs union through the implementation of GCC
specifications on national products thereby facilitating regional
trade and entry procedures without the need of post-entry testing
measures," said Walid Al Mansouri, ESMA director general.
Boost for private sector "It will
encourage the private sectir to established laboratories and
contribute to product testing procedures.
Moreover, the application of conformity
procedures, transparency and objectivity to globally accepted
standards will significantly boosts access to world markets for
local produce," he added.
Thus all exports products coming into the
UAE must conform to the specifications.
Also, local factories or industrial
establishments here must register with ESMA and confirm to the
The move is expected to clear out
sub-standard and counterfeit products form the local market.
"For local consumers, they will help
reduce the import and production of sub-standard products while
for manufacturers, they will encourage them to improve the quality
of their products," said Al Mansouri, adding that the move will
boost consumer confidence in locally manufactured goods.
Pakistan Introduce New
Fruits of Pakistan
Depicting "Mango" Date of Issue (June 18, 2002)
is the fruit par excellence of Subcontinent. Mango (Mangifera
indica) belongs to the family Anacardiaceae. It has had a
prominent position among the commercial fruits of Pakistan. Mango
varieties have been known for attractive colours, savouring smell,
delightful taste and high nutritive value. Mango fruits contain
10-20% sugar, an important source of vitamin A and C and contain
vitamin B. Small amount of protein, Iron, Calcium and Phosphorus
are also present. Ripe fruits are mainly eaten fresh, but are also
utilized in preparing squashes, jams and other preserves. Young
and unripe fruits are used in pickles.
is an important mango growing country in the world. The soil and
climatic conditions of Pakistan are highly suitable for mango
cultivation. According to FAO production year book of 2001,
Pakistan stands FIFTH among mango growing countries of the World.
enjoys second position after citrus in Pakistan. It is grown in
the province of Punjab over an area of 48413 hectares out of 94121
hectares in the country (MINFAL 99- 2000). Most of the remaining
acreage is planted in Sindh. At present, (1999-2000) the total
annual production of fruits in Pakistan is 58,46,342 tons. Even if
all of this production reaches to the consumers, per head per day
availability of fruit is meagre 114 grams. Fresh and processed
fruits and vegetables export make up less than 1 percent of
Pakistan's total export. That is a matter of concern when the need
for diversification of export is badly felt.
mango from Pakistan is well known for its taste and quality
abroad. More than 53,000 tons of mango is exported to neighbouring
and European countries, i.e. Afghanistan, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait,
Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, France, Malayasia and Singapore etc.
fetching foreign exchange. Langra, Dusehri, Samar Behisht, Chaunsa,
Anwar Ratol are important varieties grown in Punjab. Sindhri,
Bagan Pali, Suwarneka, Neelum and Gulab Khas are leading ones from
exported fruit worth $ 78.71 millions in 2000- 2001, despite the
continuous neglect of fruit tree management. This amount of
foreign exchange can be doubled with proper care and management of
orchards. To improve the production, there are two ways, either by
doubling the area under the fruit crops which is impossible, or by
increasing the production per hectare. Per hectare production can
only be increased if we know the proper management of trees.
Unfortunately the mango crop has not been paid deserved attention.
Hamriya Traders Fear 50.0% Drop in
Traders in the Hamriya Market - already reeling after
Oman's decision last November to lift custom duty on overland imports of
fruits and vegetables from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan - have received a
further setback with the recent move to allow Omani traders to import
fruits and vegetables from Dubai only in refrigerated vans (reefers).
Muscat's recent decision to allow traders to import fruits
and vegetables from Dubai only in reefers and compulsorily accompanied by
an Omani national, has led to a significant drop in business, estimated up
to 50.0%, by traders at the wholesale market in Hamriya in the last two
days. According to traders in Hamriya, the decision by the Omani
authorities is probably the result of an effort to discourage imports of
fruits and vegetables from Dubai and encourage direct imports to Muscat
from India and other countries.
"Besides, the decision is also in the interest of further
strengthening the operations of the recently-established 'Souq Al Muwala',
a wholesale market of fruits and vegetables on the outskirts of Muscat by
the Omani government," traders say. Noor Mohammed, owner of Humaid Saqr
Vegetable and Fruits Trading at Hamriya Market said: "Since very few Omani
traders own reefers for overland transport of fruits and vegetables, a
negligible number of these vehicles arrived in Hamriya market on August 15
He pointed out that Oman being the largest re-export market
of fruits and vegetables from Dubai, the recent decision will adversely
affect trade in Dubai in the long run. "Three trucks out of every four
trucks waiting to be loaded at the Hamriya market are from Oman but
following the implementation of the new regulation, only 5.0% of the total
volume of re-export business to Muscat will be carried out from Dubai,"
Ahmed Mohammed of the Jordan Gulf Company which imports
fruits and vegetables from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and other Arab
countries, complained that the recent decision has led to an almost 50.0%
drop in their business. "We are currently surviving on selling our
products to traders in the local market," he said. Although several
traders have adopted a wait-and-see policy for the moment, since summer is
usually an off-season period for several products, Altaf Chowdhry of Altaf
and Khammas, leading fruit importers in Dubai say traders are
contemplating setting up branch offices in Muscat to continue feeding the
Muscat market with re-exports from Dubai.
Almost 65.0% of fresh fruits imported by his company is
re-exported to Oman. "However, with the new regulation now, the situation
may reverse for my company," Chowdhry pointed out. However, he hoped that
the authorities in Dubai would seriously look into the issue which is
already causing panic in the market, and arrive at a reasonable solution
after taking up the matter with their counterparts in Oman.
A senior Dubai Municipality official, when contacted by the
'Khaleej Times' refused to comment on the issue, explaining that "no
official notification has been received by the Dubai Municipality from our
Omani counterparts on the recent regulations," he said. He explained no
action could be taken by the authorities in Dubai, until they receive some
intimation in writing about the implementation of the new regulation. The
official, however, agreed that there had been a noticeable drop in the
number of trucks arriving from Oman at the Hamriya Market in the last few
"In fact, there has been a drop in the number of Omani
traders arriving at Dubai, since the establishment of a local wholesale
market in Muscat a few months ago," he observed. He pointed out that
fruits and vegetable traders in Dubai should formally notify the
authorities about the problems they were facing in light of the new
regulations apparently imposed by the Omani authorities. "We will
certainly look into resolving the problems faced by the traders if they
seek our assistance," he said. (The 'Khaleej Times')
Pakistani mangoes create sensation at London stores
LONDON: The heavenly smell of Pakistani mangoes filled the food halls of Harrods and Selfridges on Monday morning as part of a promotion through which the Government of Pakistan hopes to quadruple the export of mango in a year. Pakistan is presently placed third in the world on the list of mango exporting countries after Mexico and the Philippines, but its share at 8 per cent of international volume is low compared to 41 per cent of Mexico. "We are aware of this deficiency and that is why we are here to promote our royal fruit," said Tariq Ikram, Pakistani minister of state and chairman Export Promotion Bureau. Ikram said: "We are hoping to raise at least $100 million next year from our export of mangoes, $82 million more than present $18 million. We are looking into exporting other fruits too. These are the sectors which remained largely unattended or never considered lucrative enough." Ali S Hilmi, who buys fresh produce for Harrods, hoped Pakistani mango would soon succeed in tickling the taste buds of London's food connoisseurs. Similar thoughts were expressed by Jean Paul Barat, general manager of Selfridges' food operations, who said: "Pakistani mango is unique in a sense that no other mango come close to it in taste and sweetness and it is free of fibre as well". Shehzad Hasan, the commercial secretary at the Pakistan High Commission, sad that soon prime varieties of
Pakistani mango, like Sindhri and Chaunsa would be available at high street supermarkets like Sainsbury and Tesco.
Go on, pluck a mango off the
AKTCO news in Gulf Today on 5th September 2001
A DUBAI-BASED company has taken the lead in becoming the first
fruit and vegetable importer and exporter in the Middle East to
provide online services to its customers and clients worldwide
through its website.
Altaf & Khammas Trading Company LLC now provides account and
sales statements, and email account services to its customers and
plans expansion to offer online quotations and sales, Faisal
Chaudhry of the company said.
"This is our first step
towards the vision of Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defense
Minister General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to
establish Dubai as the hub for the IT and e-business," Faisal
The website --
www.altaf-khammas.com -- is also promoting the produce of South
East Asia on the worldwide web.
Established in the 1960s, the
company is one of largest importers and re-exporters of fruits and
vegetables from Pakistan, India, and European countries. It is
also the Middle East marketing agent for its suppliers.
In 2000, its sales totaled
30,050 tonnes of fruits, specially mango, Kinnow, grapes,
pomegranate, onion and other fruits.
This year, it expects the
sales to increase by 50 tonnes and has set a target for sales to
increase by 3,000 tonnes.
The website is not only
essential to fruit and vegetable traders but is also informative
for the public as it provides interesting facts about various
For instance, the separate
pages on Indian and Pakistani mango introduce the fruit and its
varieties, period of their availability, the best way to serve
them, and the nutritional aspects.
It says the Indian mango is a
member of the Anachardiaceae family and its other distant
relatives include the cashew, pistachio, Jamaica plum, poison ivy
and poison oak.
It adds that the name mango
is derived from the Tamil word mangkey or man-gey. When the
Portuguese traders settled in western India they adopted the name
The page also says that the
fumes from burning mango wood, leaves and debris can cause serious
irritation to eyes and lungs and that every part of the mango
plant is beneficial and has been utilized in folk remedies in some
form or another.
Many South East Asian kings
and nobles had their own mango groves with private farmers being
sources of great pride and social standing.
The page on Pakistani mango
says that the mangoes are mostly eaten chilled by Pakistanis as
chilled mangoes not only enhance their shelf life but also remove
the "heat" in the fruit.
Mangoes have more carotenoids
than most other fruits and that helps ward off colds and reduces
the risk of cancer and heart disease, it says.