Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development, known as Dubai SME, one of the agencies of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism, in cooperation with the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, is participating in the 28th edition of Gulfood, taking place from Feb. 20 to 24 at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Dubai SME is showcasing Dubai’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, with a focus on the F&B sector, highlighting its projects and local emerging enterprises and their products, and helping SMEs to connect and network with international vendors to help them gain access to new markets and opportunities. This will contribute to the growth of SMEs in the emirate, which represent 99 percent of private-sector companies operating in Dubai.
Abdul Baset Al-Janahi, CEO of Dubai SME, said: “At Dubai SME, we are keen to provide our members with the most prominent opportunities to participate and promote their products and communicate with the business community and consumers to develop their businesses. The Gulfood 2023 exhibition is one of the most prominent platforms in which we regularly participate due to its importance in the F&B sector. Bringing together thousands of companies from all over the world under one roof, along with the most renowned global chefs and intellectual leaders in this sector, the forum is capable of bringing about change in the culture and orientation of small- and medium-sized companies, providing them with more opportunities for growth and expansion.”
Al-Janahi added: “2023 is set to become an exceptional year, following the launch of the Dubai Economic Agenda D33 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which seeks to double the size of Dubai’s economy and position the emirate among the top three global cities in the world. This encourages us to further motivate small- and medium-sized companies in the F&B sector to contribute and participate actively in this strategic journey to further enhance our city’s international standing, taking advantage of the opportunities, infrastructure and incentives provided by Dubai to reach their goals of achieving excellence, creativity and innovation in their diverse businesses and projects.”
Alia Al-Mazrouei, CEO, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, said: “We are delighted to participate in the Gulfood exhibition for the seventh year in a row with nine funded Emirati projects supported by the Khalifa Fund. We are excited to see the outstanding opportunities that are available for these projects at this event. By presenting their products to well-known suppliers from all over the world, small- and medium-sized enterprises will be empowered and can have better access to new markets. With Gulfood 2023 allowing enterprises to explore unique business deals, we look forward to supporting the success of these projects through this exhibition.”