December 10 2018  |  Events

Ninth edition of SIAL Middle East kicks off in Abu Dhabi

By Rachel Debling

More than 25,000 visitors are expected to take to the 2018 SIAL Middle East expo floor

The ninth edition of SIAL Middle East and the fourth edition of Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition kicked off today at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), is expected to attend the event, running December 10 to 12. More than 25,000 guests are expected to visit the 1,000-plus exhibitors on the event's expo floor over the course of three days.

Visitors can sample the wares of 1,000-plus exhibitors from December 10 to 12 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

"SIAL Middle East 2018 is taking place at a time when the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region faces major food security challenges due to climate change, water scarcity, shrinking arable land and continued population growth," reads a press release from SIAL Middle East announcing the event's opening day. "In addition to diversifying food supply sources and promoting more sustainable food production and processing solutions, the event aims to encourage major players in this vital field to make further investments in the F&B sector to reduce the gap between supply and demand. This will help address a variety of issues related to food security through strengthening food supply chains in the Middle East."

The Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition is again being held in conjunction with SIAL Middle East. This dedicated business-to-business event for the date palm industry gives attendees the opportunity to work directly with international producers and suppliers in one location.

SIAL Middle East also features a must-attend extensive business program that includes government representatives discussing topics related to food production and the region's nutrition, plus the signing of several agreements important to the food and business sector.

In other SIAL Middle East news, the organization has signed the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry as Host Sponsor, the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID) as Investment Partner, the Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre as Silver Sponsor, LuLu Group International as Retail Partner, and Etihad Airways as Official Carrier.

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