UAE Minister of Economy Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri.


UAE to create 20,000 jobs in agri-food sector

The UAE is creating 20,000 jobs in the food and agriculture sector in the next five years, the UAE Minister of Economy affirmed.

Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri was speaking at the recently concluded Future Food Forum in Dubai, where he also unveiled key pillars for transforming the sector into a global power.

According to Al Marri, the UAE will also grow its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product by $10 billion. The UAE’s food products trade amounted to Dh130 billion in 2022, a 24 percent growth from Dh105 billion in 2021.

“With a growing population, food security assuming the highest priority, the UAE is doing well on this front and was on the top of the global food security index 2022 compared to other MENA counterparts, but the challenges for food in these uncertain times are real and present. Thankfully, our food industry’s resilience and adaptability make it adept in addressing this challenge while constantly emphasising sustainable practices, which will nurture our earth for centuries,” Al Marri said.

He explained key strategies to achieve the UAE’s target: localising innovation, fostering a UAE-first culture and food supply chain, and providing farmers with the necessary support and resources to make them a global leader in agri-food innovation and sustainability. ICA/Expat Media

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