SIAL Middle East to Kick Off this December in Abu Dhabi

•    To be held under patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
•    Three-day event to draw participation of over 1,000 exhibitors, 30 country pavilions and more than 20,000 industry experts

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 10 November 2018 – Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), the ninth edition of SIAL Middle East, the exclusive regional food, beverage and hospitality trade event, will run from 10 to 12 December 2018 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

Expected to draw the participation of over 1,000 exhibitors, 30+ country pavilions and 20,000+ industry experts from more than 50 countries, the upcoming edition is set to mark a significant growth in terms of participation from leading local, regional, and international food-related organisations.

Thamer Al Qasemi, Chairman of the Organising Committee of SIAL Middle East, said: “Within a short time span since its inception, SIAL Middle East has become one of the most anticipated industry events in food-related sectors within the region and beyond. In organising this annual platform, we seek to highlight the promising investment opportunities in this vital sector at a time when food security and food supply chain sustainability are high on national and international agendas.”

Al Qasemi added: “SIAL Middle East also serves as an ideal opportunity to highlight the compelling quality preposition and competitive advantages of various local products that meet the highest international standards. The event also helps the local food industry, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UAE in general and Abu Dhabi in particular, to expand their business operations into new markets.”

Joanne Cook, Managing Director of SIAL Middle East, said: “SIAL Middle East has witnessed significant growth over the past editions, becoming one of the most important events and an ideal platform for showcasing investment opportunities in the region’s fast-growing food industry. In addition to providing opportunities for networking and interaction with key representatives from major food producers and exporters from across the globe, the event offers an ideal platform to build strategic partnerships with industry peers as well as explore the latest trends in food, beverage and hospitality sectors.”

Held in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Food Festival, SIAL Middle East returns with support from Host Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Chamber, Investment Partner: Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development, Silver Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre, Bronze Sponsor: Royal Horizon, Culinary Partners: Emirates Culinary Guild & World Association of Chefs Societies andRetail Partner: Lulu Group.

About ADFCA
The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority was established in 2005 as an independent food regulatory agency for the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Authority embodies the Abu Dhabi Government’s commitment to protecting its consumers, particularly by ensuring the safety and quality of food served throughout the public.
It enforces policies and standards and conducts research and awareness campaigns to maintain a sustainable agriculture and food sector that delivers safe food to the public, protects the health of animals and plants, and adheres to sound environmental practices.

About SIAL Middle East
SIAL Middle East is part of SIAL network, the leading global network of shows dedicated to the food industry, with seven shows (SIAL Paris, SIAL Canada Montreal, SIAL Canada Toronto, SIAL China, SIAL Middle East, SIAL InterFOOD Jakarta, and FOOD India Inspired by SIAL, New Delhi) that bring together 14,535 exhibitors and 359.800 visitors from 194 countries. You can follow SIAL on Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube and www.sial-network.com

About Comexposium
Comexposium is one of the world’s leading event organizers.  Globally, it hosts more than 177 B2B and B2C events across many different sectors, including food, agriculture, retail, e-commerce, fashion, security, digital, construction, high-tech, optics, education, healthcare and transport. In over 30 countries, Comexposium welcomes more than 3 million visitors and 45,000 exhibitors annually. Headquartered in France, Comexposium’s nearly 800 employees operate in 16 countries, Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, UAE, UK and USA.  Comexposium aims to be seen as the place to be, building bridges between people and business.
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