Focuses on sustainability through Gulfood Green and Global Forest

Gulfood strengthens Dubai's position among the world's most important food and culinary tourism capitals

Gulfood highlights innovative practices in food. From the source

The 28th edition of Gulfood is a major event in the food and food scene in Dubai, the region, and even globally, reinforcing Dubai's position as one of the world's leading food and gastronomy capitals, bringing together more than 5000,120 companies from 1500 countries, including <>,<> companies joining the event for the first time, and the most prominent industry leaders, famous chefs, and the most prominent food and beverage players from around the world in Dubai to shape the future of the rapidly evolving sector. In the Year of Sustainability, the event will have a special focus on sustainability initiatives, unveiling several projects aimed at promoting trends towards sustainability.

Sustainability issues appear among many themes on the exhibition's agenda, where Gulfood Green, a new global sustainability initiative, designed to stimulate dialogues at the level of the food and beverage sector, ensuring the shift towards sustainable food systems, and setting unprecedented standards for similar efforts in the future, will be launched, and the exhibition will also include a specialized conference, which discusses many related topics, such as efforts to stop food waste, and the exhibition will highlight for the first time the world's leading chefs, who focus on biodiversity. In the restaurant sector. In this context, the exhibition is launching the "Gulfood Global Forest" event, which is in line with global afforestation campaigns and natural solutions offered within the framework of its commitment to supporting sustainability and reducing carbon emissions.

Gulfood, the largest event of its kind in the world, will announce the launch of two new global events, Gulfood Green and Gulfood Agrotech, from 24 to 26 September 2024, which will highlight smart agriculture, innovative technologies and practices in the food industry, and the provision of transportation, logistics and distribution services, with a focus on their impact on developing countries. Helal Saeed Almarri, Chairman of Dubai World Trade Centre Authority, said: "In line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to place the environment and promote its sustainability among five government priorities during 2023, we are proud to launch several sustainability initiatives at Gulfood 2023. In the UAE Year of Sustainability, these initiatives will help promote responsible and sustainable practices within the F&B industry in Dubai and beyond. These initiatives will help maintain Dubai's global leadership in food and beverage, while supporting the city's broader sustainability goals, from reducing food waste and promoting healthy eating, to sourcing sustainable ingredients and reducing carbon emissions."

Having established itself as a major tourist destination and a global tourist attraction, Dubai continues to establish itself on the global tourism map, achieving global recognition as one of the world's leading gastronomic tourism capitals. The steady increase in licenses registered in Dubai within the restaurant and food sector indicates the high attractiveness that Dubai enjoys from other cities in the world, as the number of new licenses granted to restaurants from 2017 to 2022 reached more than 10.25 thousand licenses, while 2498 licenses were issued in 2021, while the number of effective licenses so far is about 13 thousand licenses.

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: "Dubai seeks to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to be the best city to live, work and visit in the world, and this endeavor is accompanied by many achievements and progress made at various levels, and within various sectors, the most important of which is the tourism and service sector, which has always distinguished Dubai at the regional and global levels.

The Director General of Dubai Municipality, Dawood Al Hajri, said: "Ensuring food safety is crucial, it has a direct impact on the health of individuals, so one of our top priorities is to ensure that all food establishments comply with international standards and practices for food and beverage safety."