Gulfood 2010 was inaugurated Sunday by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid AlـMaktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Finance, with the global food industry looking to one of the world”s largest and most influential food, drink, foodservice, and hospitality exhibitions to deliver four powerـpacked days of business generation and networking.
According to news sources, tens of thousands of trade visitors from countries throughout the Middle East, the Levant, North Africa, and the subـcontinent already thronged the halls on its first day at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), where a record 3,500 companies from more than 80 countries are participating.
With more than 1,350 new exhibitors participating this year, visitors to the show can be assured of new products and services from both multinational organizations and smaller independent suppliers from every corner of the world.
This year marks the introduction of a number of valueـadded initiatives for both exhibitors and visitors, including the inaugural Gulfood Conference. Taking place during the four day exhibition, the conference brings together international experts to discuss future trends and critical issues in the food and beverage industry and the relevance of these for the regional markets.
The Gulfood Conference complements the Dubai International Food Safety Conference which runs during the show and is organized by the Dubai Municipality to address food safety systems, regulations and best practices, as authorities bring new regulations and health measures into force.