Trade Mission to the UAE

December 12-16, 2022

Dubai, UAE

The Canadian Food Exporters Association in partnership with the Quebec Agri-Food Export Group, the provinces, and the Trade Commissioner Service, would like to invite you to participate in a trade mission to Dubai, UAE taking place from December 12-16, 2022.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the second largest economy in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia, with a GDP of $421 billion and a growth rate of 1.7 percent in 2019. 90% of the population are foreign nationals and they import approximately 80% of their agri-food requirements. Canada is the fifth largest exporter of agri-food and seafood products to the UAE, exporting Can$986.0 million with a 5.1% market share. Processed food and beverage exports to the UAE were valued at Can$11.7 billion in 2019. Canada’s share was only 0.4%. With the increased use of ecommerce and digital payments we believe this number can grow.

The objectives of this mission are to:

  • Raise awareness of the Middle East as a potential market for value added products.
  • Explore opportunities by meeting with interested importers, distributors and buyers.
  • Gain recognition for Canada as a supplier of high quality, safe food.
  • See trends in the region for value-added products.

Proposed Agenda:

Dec 12: Arrive to Dubai check into hotel
Dec 13: Morning briefing followed by B2B meetings at Dubai Chamber
Dec 14: Tour the Organic show and do site visits
Dec 15: Site visits
Dec 16: Free morning and departure in the evening

The cost to participate is CDN $1500.00 (if sending two people there will be a surcharge of CDN $70 for the 2nd person to cover food). You can register online at https://www.cfea.com/uae-trade-mission-2022-registration/

This program is open to members & non-members however the travel reimbursement is exclusive to members.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to working with you!


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will only be permitted if a replacement can be found to take your spot. In the event a replacement can be found a $250.00 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund.


Travel Reimbursement (only available to CFEA members):

Your company will receive 50% reimbursement of an economy airline ticket (available for one person) and a per diem of $212.50 per day up to 6 days (available for one person). We reserve the right to limit the maximum reimbursement if the airline tickets exceed our total budget for this activity.

To receive a partial reimbursement, you will be required to submit documents as outlined below:

  1. Fully completed CFEA claim and evaluation forms (these will be supplied to you upon completion of the event).
  2. Copy of an economy airline ticket (full fare economy not permitted) showing dates travelled and price paid. Note: if you fly in a higher class you will need to provide a copy of an economy ticket mockup (not full fare) and submit it along with your ticket and the reimbursement will be based on whichever is cheaper.
  3. Copy of airline ticket proof of payment. If paying by credit card we will need a copy of the statement showing the airline charge line item, all other items can be blacked out. If paying by cheque we will require a copy of the cleared cheque. If paying by wire transfer, we will need a copy of the wire.
  4. Copy of the travel advisory from https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-arab-emirates, date stamped the day you purchased your airline ticket and also another copy date stamped the day you depart Canada. If this is not supplied, you may forfeit the travel reimbursement.
  5. Copies of boarding passes for all flights. In the event boarding passes are not available we can accept a copy of the hotel check out receipt showing the name of the guest, arrival and departure dates. We will also require copy of the proof of payment. Note: Air BnB and other pre-paid accommodations are not permitted for the reimbursement process.

Please note that should the Government of Canada recommend avoiding non-essential travel prior to your scheduled departure date or during the travel period the travel reimbursement will be forfeited.


Funding for this program is provided by
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s
AgriMarketing Program