Trade Mission to the UAE

February 14-19, 2019

Dubai, UAE

The Canadian Food Exporters Association in cooperation with the Trade Commissioner Service, would like to invite you to participate in a mission targeted at food exporters interested in supplying the retail and foodservice sectors in the UAE.

The objectives of the 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.

The program will include:

  • B2B meetings
  • Supermarket visits
  • Visit Gulfood Show
  • Networking event (tbc)

Brief Market Overview:

  • Population of 9.2 Million (89% expatriates)
  • Imports 90% of its food needs
  • High per capita income of: $45,884
  • The UAE is a world class business centre and a major re-export hub

Product potential: high end value added products, specialty food products, fish & seafood, cereals & pulses, beef & veal

The cost to participate in this program is CDN $876.50-members & CDN $1,753.00-non-members. This fee includes B2B coordination, meeting & bus rental, and a visitor pass into Gulfood Show.

To register for this mission, please go to

If you are not a CFEA member and would like to access the member rate, you can apply online for membership at and pay the annual fee of CDN $565.00. Only companies producing products in Canada are eligible for membership and participation in our events.

Travel Reimbursement Details (for CFEA members only): upon completion of the event, you will be provided with a claim form to apply for the reimbursement of your travel expenses. The reimbursement will consist of 50% of an economy class airfare up to a maximum reimbursement of CDN $1,000.00 (maximum one per company) and a per diem of CDN $212.50 per day up to a maximum of 7 days (maximum one per company).

It is important to keep the following documentation for the claim process: a copy of your airline itinerary that shows the travel dates and price paid for the ticket and boarding passes. You will also be required to provide proof of payment (credit card statement or cancelled cheques). Cash payments are not permitted. NOTE: If you fly premium economy or business you will be expected to provide an economy ticket mock up along with the paid ticket and the reimbursement will be based on whichever is lower.

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

Funding for this program is provided by
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s
AgriMarketing Program: National Industry Association Component