Exhibitors report overwhelming response to Gulf Food expo

DUBAI Exhibitors unanimously agreed, at the closing of the 9th Gulf Food, Hotel and Equipment exhibition and Salon Culinaire yesterday, that this year's effort was the best yet and the majority were enthusiastic at the prospect of returning with a larger presence next year.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 27 Feb 2003, 3:06 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 8:24 PM

More than 660 exhibitors representing 44 countries, including 23 national pavilions received an estimated 12,000 trade visitors from the Middle East, Indian sub-continent, CIS countries, Far East and parts of Europe and Africa.

The overall response to Gulfood 2003 was overwhelming with exhibitors expressing satisfaction about their participation and visitors complimenting the quality of the show. Mubarak Ahmed Bin Fahad, Director General of the Dubai World Trade Centre, said: "Gulfood is the only food and hospitality show of its kind in the Middle East that receives such a huge attendance by visitors from the Middle East and neighbouring regions. The exhibition is also a credible platform for the global food and hospitality industry to launch new products and services in the Middle East."

First time participants were highly impressed with the show which is the biggest food and hospitality exhibition in the Middle East.

Raed Omaish, the General Manger of Dates of Jordan, part of the Jordanian pavilions, said: "We have received an overwhelming response and this is the first time we are participating. We have obtained useful contacts with professionals in the food industry and are definitely looking forward to returning to the next edition of the exhibition."

Monika Stein, the exhibition Manager of the Saxony Economic Development Corporation, Export Promotion, Germany, another first time participant, shares Mr. Omaish's enthusiasm. She claimed, "We are participating in the show for the first time with four exhibitors but are keen to participate with a bigger number of exhibitors in the next show. The show has met our expectations and two of the companies have generated serious sales leads which they will follow up after returning to Germany."

The national pavilions at the exhibition all expressed their satisfaction with the results that were achieved at Gulfood 2003. The Thai and Egyptian pavilions claim that the exhibition continues to improve with time, and this year's edition is bigger and better than the last.

Somdet Susomboon, the Director of the Export Promotion Centre of the Thai Pavilion."We are very happy with the outcome of our participation and expect more companies from Thailand to participate at the next edition of Gulfood."

The UK and US pavilion both had a larger presence than previous editions. UK has almost double the number of companies participating this year.

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