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SIAL Middle East exhibition kicks off tomorrow at ADNEC featuring 450 exhibitors

ABU DHABI, 6th December, 2021 (WAM) — Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Chairman of the Board of Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA), the 11th edition of SIAL Middle East (SIAL ME) 2021 will kick off tomorrow in the UAE Capital.

Starting 7th December and running until Thursday, 9th December, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the event will witness the participation of major local and international companies specialised in food and beverage sector.

The 11th edition of the exhibition, organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in partnership with Comexposium, will see about 450 participating exhibitors from 24 countries and 12 international pavilions.

One of the largest specialised events in the food, beverage and hospitality sector in the region, SIAL Middle East will be launched alongside the Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition, the world’s largest dates event.

The events will see wide participation from specialised local, regional and international industry experts and companies, who will shed light on the latest innovations, technologies and global food security, and will explore future global trends in the food, beverage and hospitality sector.

Saeed Al Bahri Salem Al Ameri, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, said, "Over the past years, SIAL Middle East has proven that it is one of the largest platforms for interaction between emerging food markets. It encourages innovation in the food and beverages industry, creates many investment opportunities, and builds successful economic partnerships in the UAE and the region."

"The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority is thrilled to participate in SIAL as part of its efforts to develop a sustainable food production system based on the use of modern technology in food production and processing, thus, enhancing local production and the establishment of international partnerships to diversify food sources."

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNEC, said, "SIAL Middle East is one of the most prominent international events specialised in the food and hospitality sector, and provides an ideal platform for establishing partnerships and gaining valuable insights into the sector’s latest technologies and knowledge on a regional and global scale."

Al Dhaheri added, "Hosting and organising this global event comes as part of ADNEC’s wider strategy to support the sustainable continuity of Abu Dhabi’s business tourism sector, as well as augments Abu Dhabi’s position as a strategic enabler and a global hub for the industry. This event also further amplifies ADNEC’s integral role in leading the recovery phase of the business tourism sector and emphasises ADNEC’s readiness to host major events that are in line with the highest international standards."

Dr. Abdul Wahab Zayed, Secretary-General of the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation, said, "We are proud of all the results achieved by the award in developing the infrastructure of the palm cultivation sector, date production and agricultural innovation at the Arab and international levels. This growth and development are all thanks to the support and vision of the wise leadership through the establishment of dates festivals, which first started with the exhibition in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and then made its way to Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Mauritania, and Morocco. These events have contributed to maximising the added value of Arab dates, and have augmented their reputation and demand."

Mohamed Helal Al Muhairi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, said, "The Abu Dhabi Chamber is looking forward to participating at SIAL Middle East once again. It is an important event that provides a direct platform for international companies producing and manufacturers of food, beverages and food equipment, to display their latest products and to partner with Emirati companies working in the same field. This event enables all of its participants to discover new and innovative investment opportunities in the food and agricultural industries, ensuring food security at the global level."

Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, CEO of Silal, stressed that SIAL Middle East is an ideal platform for us to highlight our newly launched brand, Silal Fresh, which reiterates our commitment to enhance the competitiveness of local produce while supporting local farmers. We will spare no effort to boost food accessibility in the UAE, by offering the best-in-class products to its consumers.

Mohammed bin Obaid Al Mazrooei, President and Chairman of AAAID, stated that The Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID) is keen on highlighting the importance of enhancing Arab food security through its participation in SIAL ME 2021, in which various agricultural investment opportunities are being executed in order to provide food commodities for the Arab world by supporting small farmers and producers.

Saeed Al Mansoori, Executive Director at Capital Events, said, "We are proud of our list of partners and sponsors for this year's event, as they have contributed to strengthening the event’s global standing as a leading platform for professionals in the food and beverage sector. This includes the participation of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, as our Strategic partner; the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation, who is the Strategic partner for the Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition; and the Abu Dhabi Chamber as our Host sponsor this year."

Al Mansoori added, "In addition, the list of sponsors for SIAL Middle East includes SILAL as the Headline sponsor; Abu Dhabi Ports as Platinum partner; Samira Maatouk as Bronze partner; the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development as Investment partner; Lulu Group International as the exclusive retail partner; and Capital Hospitality of ADNEC, the exclusive hospitality partner of the event. The 11th edition of SIAL ME will also welcome the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), as the destination partner."

Al Mansoori continued, "ADNEC is keen to take all preventive and precautionary measures to receive visitors to SIAL Middle East 2021, safeguarding all attendees and participants’ health and safety. This is why all of our events are held in alignment with the measures and directives of relevant health and regulatory authorities. After hosting organising and hosting many major events in the Emirate, we are confident in our ability to ensure the safety of our guests, participants and exhibitors, enabling them to conduct business in a safe and confident environment."

The leading event aims to promote the booming food and beverage sector in Abu Dhabi, as well as the HoReCa sector. SIAL ME will also explore the latest in food security, the date industry, and the art of preparing and producing coffee.

This year's edition will witness a variety of activities, including five events, which include ‘The Hosted Buyer Program’, UAE National Coffee Championships, SIAL Innovation, 2022 UAE National Latte Art Grading Battle and the inaugural World Gourmet Show – Abu Dhabi.

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Hamriyah and Deira ports record AED 12.133b in customs declaration value for first nine months of 2023

Dubai Customs plays a crucial role as the frontline defense for community security, consistently advancing its customs centers to safeguard and facilitate maritime trade. H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, CEO of
Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, recently visited Creek Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center to evaluate progress and oversee ongoing efforts for continuous customs service development. During this visit, several executive directors, department heads, and customs center managers were present.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, accompanied by Rashid Al Dhabah Al Suwaidi, Acting Director of Seae Customs Centers Management, conducted inspections at Khor Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center. Managers Abdulaziz Ibrahim Al Salman and Majid Salem Al Tawilah provided insights into workflow progress and accomplishments. Over the first nine months of this year, 62,454 customs declarations were processed, totaling AED 12.133 billion, with 19 seizures recorded during the same period. A visit to Hamriyah Port Customs Center showcased an advanced container X-ray inspection device, supporting increased inspection operations.

Subsequently, visits to Khor Customs Center and Deira Port highlighted achievements, including a notable seizure called the “Wheelhouse,” which successfully prevented an attempt to smuggle 243 kilograms of narcotics into the country. Commending customs employees, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih emphasized the pivotal role of maritime customs centers in ensuring community security and facilitating trade. The department collaborates for efficient goods clearance and acknowledges employee efforts
during the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to the department’s support for global efforts to revive maritime navigation and international trade.

Musabih clarified that the department’s advanced capabilities in monitoring and inspection enable it to keep pace with the UAE’s rapid foreign trade growth. Supporting Dubai’s economic agenda D33, the department aims to double foreign trade and enhance economic partnerships with key global markets. Efforts to boost customs inspector efficiency continue through training courses, ensuring their ability to thwart smuggling attempts. Continuous development of X-ray scanning
devices and the K9 customs dog unit further enhances contraband control achievements. Rasheed Al-Dabah explained that the forthcoming period will witness the advancement of new initiatives and mechanisms in the realm of inspection and examination. These initiatives are grounded in a forward-looking perspective to introduce cutting-edge technologies utilized in examining maritime transport vessels, wooden ships, and ships engaged in fish trade.

He remarked, “Our endeavors are harmonized to enhance performance in sea customs centers, concurrently focusing on bolstering monitoring, tracking, and technical support activities to yield optimal outcomes through continuous and productive collaboration among all specialized teams within the department. The Customs centers in Deira, Al Khor, and
Hamriyah Port Customs Center shoulder their vital responsibilities in safeguarding society and facilitating maritime trade through Dubai Creek and Hamriyah Port, supporting the ongoing growth of the national economy.”

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Dubai Customs Hosts Sharjah Housing Delegation to Strengthen Government Communication Ties

Dubai Customs, represented by the Corporate Communication Department, warmly welcomed a delegation from the Sharjah Housing Department. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the delegation with the duties and responsibilities of the
Corporate Communication Department and its affiliated divisions. The delegation also aimed to explore the awards received by the department, notably the recognition as the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award for 2023.

Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director of Corporate Communication Department, along with department managers, extended a cordial reception to the Sharjah Housing delegation, which included Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication, Nada Sivan, Head of the Public Relations and Events Department, and Hamad Saleh Al Hamadi, Head of
the New Media Department. Bin Gharib highlighted the department’s commitment to strengthening communication with government entities to exchange practical experiences and knowledge. The delegation was briefed on Dubai Customs exceptional performance in customs operations and other facets.

The meeting delved into discussions on potential avenues for collaboration, with the Sharjah Housing delegation. Emphasis was placed on the crucial role played by Dubai Customs’ Corporate Communication Department, customs administrations, and centers in ensuring security and safeguarding society. The delegation was presented with an overview of the department’s working mechanisms, awareness campaigns, events, and activities conducted internally and externally, aligning with Dubai Customs esteemed reputation.

Furthermore, the Sharjah Housing delegation acquired an understanding of the best media practices adopted by the Corporate Communication Department, showcasing its outstanding performance in enhancing knowledge and media dissemination to all partners. This has resulted in the department establishing and fortifying relationships with local and international media
entities. The presentation also encompassed the factors contributing to the department’s receipt of the award for the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award.

Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication at Sharjah Housing, expressed appreciation for the efforts of Dubai Customs Corporate Communication Department, acknowledging its excellence and significant contribution to enhancing the department’s standing. Dr. Al Nuaimi affirmed Sharjah Housing’s commitment to fostering ongoing visits and meetings with Dubai Customs, aiming to achieve the highest level of coordination and benefit from the Corporate Communication Departmen’s experience in securing numerous local and international awards.

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Zayed Sustainability Prize opens submissions for 2025 cycle

The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE’s pioneering global sustainability and humanitarian award, has officially announced that the 2025 cycle is now open for submissions.  Submissions will be accepted until 23 June 2024 through the Prize’s online portal. Small to medium enterprises (SMEs), nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and high schools with sustainable solutions are invited to submit an entry for consideration in one of the six categories of Heath, Food, Energy, Water, Climate Action and Global High Schools. Commenting on the launch of the 2025 submissions cycle, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, and COP28 President, said: “Since 2008, the
Zayed Sustainability Prize has honoured the legacy of Sheikh Zayed by fostering inclusive sustainable and humanitarian development around the world. In this decisive decade for climate change, these values are more important than ever. I am optimistic that the Prize will contribute to global climate action in line with the UAE Consensus, which will pave the
way toward an effective response to the Global Stocktake decision.” In response to the pressing climate crisis, and to further support the UAE’s efforts to accelerate practical solutions needed to drive climate action and uplift vulnerable communities around the world, the Prize has increased its funds from US $3.6 million to US $5.9 million. The Prize will reward US $1 million to each winner in the organisational categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action. Within the Global High Schools category, which is split into six world regions, each school can claim up to US $150,000 to start or further expand their project. The six world regions of the Global High Schools category are The Americas, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub- Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific. The most recent Zayed Sustainability Prize winners were recognised at an Awards Ceremony held during COP28 UAE. To encourage a broader range of organisations and high schools to participate, the Prize will be accepting submissions in multiple languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese. This will ensure that innovative solutions from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds can be recognised. For the Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action categories, organisations should prove that they are improving access to essential products or services in their targeted communities and are able to implement a long-term vision for better living and working conditions. For the Global High Schools category, projects should be led by students, and must demonstrate innovative approaches to address sustainability challenges. The evaluation of each submission to the Prize consists of a rigorous, three-stage process. First, due diligence is conducted on all submissions to ensure that they meet the Prize’s evaluation criteria of Impact, Innovation, and Inspiration. This identifies the qualified entries and results in the selection of eligible candidates. Following this, evaluations are undertaken by a Selection Committee consisting of category-specific panels of independent international experts. From this shortlist of candidates, the finalists are chosen and then sent to the Prize Jury who unanimously elect the winners across all six categories.   Winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize will be announced at an Awards Ceremony during the 2025 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).

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