Over 50 Saudi companies exhibiting at Gulfood

Updated 26 February 2013
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Over 50 Saudi companies exhibiting at Gulfood

More than fifty companies from Saudi Arabia are participating in the Gulfood exhibition that was opened by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai and UAE minister of finance, yesterday (Monday) at Dubai World Trade Center.
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al-Qasimi, UAE minister for foreign trade, and ministers, ambassadors and dignitaries from around the world were present on the occasion.
Al Mona Co. For Tahina & Halawa, Al Obeikan Elopak Factory for Packaging Co., Al Watania Plastics (WP), Al Zawaq Foods, Al-Alwani & Memoni Dates Factory, Al-Jasriah Chocolate & Sweet Factory, Al-Rabie Saudi Food Company Ltd., Almadinah Dates Co. (Tomoor), Americana Meat Company, Health Food Factory, and United Food Industries Corp Ltd. are some of the major participating companies from Saudi Arabia. All of them offer several new products for the region.
Gulfood has grown consistently over the last 26 years and has become a significant driver of food and beverage trade for global markets. The event has attracted over 1,400 new exhibitors this time.
“It is clear that Gulfood delivers substantial business contracts and facilitates unrivalled trade opportunities for both regional and international businesses,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), organizer of Gulfood.
Following the inauguration of the show, government ministers and heads of international trade delegations from over 14 countries conducted bilateral talks at the Ministers Meet. The event will run through Thursday (Feb. 28).


Ryanair agrees to buy 25 more Boeing 737 MAX planes

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Ryanair agrees to buy 25 more Boeing 737 MAX planes

DUBLIN: Ryanair has agreed to buy a further 25 Boeing 737 MAX planes, worth $3 billion at list prices, lifting its order of the US planemaker’s flagship short-haul plane model to 135, the two companies said on Tuesday.
The Irish low-cost carrier, which is the largest operator of Boeing planes in Europe, purchased 100 737 MAX planes in 2014 and took out options on 100 more.
Ryanair said the order leaves it with 75 more options.
It purchased 10 additional MAX planes in June last year, which were on top of the 2014 order.
Chief Executive Michael O’Leary in March said he expected to exercise “pretty much all” of its options.
Ryanair has dubbed the MAX a “game changer” for its business, due to a fuel consumption improvement it says could be up to 16 percent and a greater number of seats.
The configuration Ryanair has ordered has 197 seats compared to 189 in its current fleet of 737s.
Ryanair rivals easyJet and Wizz have ordered Airbus A321 planes, which seat up to 239 passengers.
Ryanair has held talks with Boeing about its new larger version of the 737 airliner, the MAX 10, which can carry up to 230 passengers, but has made clear it would only be interested if the price is lowered.
The first of Ryanair’s 737 MAX planes are due for delivery in the first half of 2019 and will use CFM Leap-1B engines.
Ryanair, which currently operates around 430 Boeing 737 planes, says the MAX order will allow it reach its target of carrying 200 million passengers per year by 2024.