Middle East Natural and Organic Products Exposition 2009
The Middle East is now one of the fastest growing
markets for organic and natural foods!
The global growth in the uptake of organic and natural foods is estimated to be in the range of 20-25 per cent annually. Though the Middle East growth as an emerging market for these products is yet to be quantified, there is ample evidence in the rising number of products and organic farming efforts to prove that the potential is huge.
MENOPE 2009 is now in its seventh edition and has
evoked enthusiastic response from across the
world with over 175 companies from over 35
countries taking part in the show. The show is
organized by the Dubai-based Global Links is
supported by the UAE Ministry of Health and
Ministry of Environment and Water.
Eng. Nadim Al Fuqaha, Managing Director, Global
Links said: “The expo has been able to generate
considerable interest with the regional market for
organic and natural products expanding at a rapid
pace. In the last few years, the governments in the
region, particularly the UAE, Saudi Arabia and
Oman, have taken various proactive steps to
support the market, including encouraging organic
He said that Middle East is considered among the
fastest growing markets for natural and organic
products, with the global demand exceeding US$
220 billion. The Asian market for the products is
estimated to be over US$500 million and growing at
a fast rate.
“The rising interest and market expansion for
organic and natural products in the Middle East is
highlighted in the participation of a number of
companies from the region, including the UAE,”
Eng. Nadim said.
“With production and sales of natural & organic
products in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman
increasing, there are 3,000 outlets displaying these
natural and alternative products across the region
including pharmacists’ and health related
networks. The Government of UAE is also
encouraging the practice of organic farming for
environment conservation, along with the
instigation of alternative medicine and treatments,”
Eng. Nadim added.
“Organic and natural food products are not a fad
anymore; they are a lifestyle choice that is of
considerable relevance in nutrition management.
This is particularly relevant for the Middle East
region given the high rates of lifestyle diseases
such as obesity, stress, cardiac disorders and
cancer, which contribute to soaring healthcare
bills. The high levels of antioxidants in natural food
products enable them to mitigate lifestyle disease
MENOPE 2009 this year is a bigger show with the
merger of Arab Naturals Expo & Conferences,
offering a large regional platform for the organic
industry and to fuel the growth of global organic
movement in collaboration with all the international
Internationally, the exhibition is supported by the
International Federation of Organic and Agricultural
Movements (IFOAM), Korea Health Supplement
Association (KHSA) etc.
The expo will showcase a variety of products
spanning Herbals and Spices, Foods &
Beverages, Cereal Products, Supplements, Health
Care products, Natural Living, Natural Cosmetics,
Healing Products, Natural remedies, Traditional
Medicines, Spas, Relaxation facilities, Pet
products, Fabrics etc.
For more information, please visit www.globallinksdubai.com or contact –
MENOPE 2009 Team
Joby Mathew Muricken
Global Links Dubai L.L.C.
Tel: + 971 4 3322283, 3327274
Fax: + 971 4 3322253
P.O. Box: 34351, Dubai, U.A.E.