Dubai's foreign trade in foodstuffs amounted to about 32 billion dirhams, amounting to 9 million tons, during the first half of this year, distributed about 22 billion dirhams, amounting to 6.23 million tons for imports, 5.5 billion dirhams, the amount of 2.1 million tons, exports, and 4.5 billion dirhams, the amount of 733 Thousands tons of re-exports, to reflect these results, Dubai's ability to deal with global crises, where the Emirate managed, thanks to the vision and directions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to protect the ingredients of food security and respond quickly to the developments brought about by Corona pandemic in the global economy environment and its implications for food trade.
On this occasion, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai, said: “The value of Dubai's foreign trade in foodstuffs during the first half of this year, which amounted to about 32 billion dirhams, confirms the pivotal role of the Emirate of Dubai in global trade. The figures also highlight the efforts of the Dubai Food Security Committee to develop the best solutions and proactive scenarios to ensure the availability of food at all times, in accordance with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and in line with the statement of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said that medicine and food are a red line, and through the follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, the formation of the Dubai Food Security Committee came in response to the implications of the current global situation, and since its formation, the committee has assumed responsibility Ensuring the availability of foodstuffs and enabling all citizens and residents to obtain them during the Covid 19-19 crisis and beyond.
His Highness added: “Dubai has created innovative solutions to ensure food security, foremost of which is the food security platform for Dubai, developed by a local government team employing artificial intelligence and data technologies to support food trade and supply, identify alternative supply plans, and enhance food development capabilities. And price control to ensure that the best prices of food commodities are provided to the local consumer. "
His Highness praised the role of the government agencies involved in developing the platform and the success of the food security strategy in the Emirate of Dubai, which enhances the response to the challenges that may arise in the future, stressing that His Highness, thanks to the good guidance and continuous follow-up from the rational leadership, there are no challenges regarding the availability of food in the local markets .
An important step
The Dubai Food Security Situation Platform, which was recently launched by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, reflects Dubai’s dynamic in adapting its plans and strategies in a way that matches the needs according to the circumstances, where the platform is an important step that keeps pace with the UAE’s march and directions towards employing modern technologies and data to develop a system Food security, forecasting various variables that may affect supply chains, and providing practical and quick solutions for them.
Dubai Customs works with all its capabilities to provide the necessary support for the state of food security by providing all the necessary facilities for food trade groups and food supply companies to facilitate the movement of food trade, as well as providing the platform with all the statistics and data on food commodities trade immediately through the technical linking with the Mirsal 2 system for customs clearance.
And the Dubai trade of fish and products recorded during the first half of this year one billion dirhams, the amount of 98 thousand tons, including imports of 755 million dirhams, the amount of 76 thousand tons, exports of 145.5 million dirhams, the amount of 9 thousand tons, and re-exports of 113.2 million dirhams, the amount of 12.5 thousand tons, while it reached The trade of live animals, meat and meat products is 3.9 billion dirhams, amounting to 448 thousand tons, of which 3 billion dirhams are imports of 313.5 thousand tons, exports of 478.6 million dirhams amounting to 92.4 thousand tons, and re-exports of 437.6 million dirhams with a quantity of 42 thousand tons.
The total value of the vegetables and fruits trade reached 7 billion dirhams, amounting to 3.4 million tons, of which imports amounted to 4.5 billion dirhams and the amount of 2.2 million tons, exports of 1.8 billion dirhams and the amount of 892 thousand tons, and re-exports of 700.8 million dirhams and the amount of 285.2 thousand tons.
A leading center
Dubai Customs General Manager Ahmed Mahboob Musabah said: "The UAE places national food security at the top of its priorities, and the Emirate of Dubai is keen on harnessing all its logistical capabilities, advanced technologies and proactive thought to enhance the food security system, and Dubai Customs seeks to facilitate the trade of foodstuffs and provide all data related to it for a platform The state of food security through the electronic linkage process to support operations and enable strategic partners from the government and private sectors in the platform to develop forward-looking scenarios based on scientific grounds and immediate updated data. "
He added: "Dubai's foreign trade of foodstuffs during the first half of this year reflects the emirate's pioneering customs center globally and its effective strategy and smart services in meeting the needs of the local market of foodstuffs, and providing them with competitive prices and the required speed, despite the effects of the pandemic of Covid-19, precautionary measures and closure programs. Which was followed by most countries around the world, and the data of the first half of the food trade also confirm the role of Dubai Customs in implementing the wise leadership directives to support work and trade groups and implement the requirements of economic stimulus packages that gave a strong impetus to the sector and mitigated the negative effects of the crisis and its repercussions on the supply and supply chain.
The Director General of Dubai Customs noted that Dubai's foreign trade in medicines and medical and preventive equipment recorded 12.4 billion dirhams in the amount of 79.8 thousand tons in the first half of this year, distributed between 9.7 billion dirhams, imports of 58.1 thousand tons, and exports of 293.5 million dirhams in a amount of 7.4 thousand tons, And re-export of 2.3 billion dirhams and the amount of 14.2 thousand tons.