UAE food and drinks maker Agthia shifts to home deliveries

The company has introduced its own e-commerce website, and sales through retailers’ online platforms are growing

Dubai Media City venue Q43 shuts down for good

Q43 was a popular haunt for those working in Media City and Internet City in Dubai

Restaurants, cafés, food outlets in Abu Dhabi to operate at 80% capacity

All employees must undergo laser-based DPI screening for the virus every two weeks

Dubai Chamber creates new restaurants business group to support the industry

Restaurants Business Group will support the restaurant sector as it emerges from Covid-19

UAE’s Kibsons temporarily suspends home delivery services

An incident at the company’s warehouse has led to a temporary disruption in home delivery services

Dubai’s GoFood app launches grocery delivery service

GoFood Grocery service requires a minimum order worth Dhs100

Dubai Food Security

Dubai’s external food trade valued at Dhs32bn in H1 2020

The emirate’s food imports reached Dhs22bn, while exports were recorded at Dhs5.5bn and re-exports amounted to Dhs4.5bn

UAE’s Elite Agro, Khalifa Fund partner to enhance food security

The MoU has been developed to manage and operate a number of protected farms that fall under the ambit of the Khalifa Fund

Amazon’s ‘Everything for you sale’ to begin on July 21

Prime members will get exclusive 12-hour early access to deals from 12pm on July 20

Paving a path to build resilience within the FMCG industry

In compelling times, FMCG companies must elevate their approach to efficiently meet the needs of the communities they serve

Dubai’s Majid Al Futtaim opens largest Carrefour online fulfilment centre

Located in Dubai’s Al Garhoud area, it was built in five weeks and covers an area of 5,000 square metres

Explainer: Is the booming healthy snacks sector in the region well regulated?

As consumers in the GCC increasingly focus on adopting fitter lifestyles, the regional health food industry has seen massive growth, suggests Mahmoud Adham, founder and CEO, Munchbox

UAE’s Agthia Group appoints new CEO

Alan Smith succeeds Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, acting CEO of the group

UAE buys thousands of Uruguay dairy cows to boost food security

The UAE government has taken several measures to ensure uninterrupted access to supplies since the virus spread

UAE’s food security initiatives: Growing rice in the desert

The Covid-19 pandemic, while ringing in other changes, is also spurring the UAE to grow more of its food

Etihad operates 106 UAE humanitarian aid charters to combat Covid-19 globally

The flights were undertaken to 54 destinations to transport medical and food aid

Sheikh Mohammed Fish Farm Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed visits Fish Farm in Dubai, encourages domestic food production

The Fish Farm in Jebel Ali can produce about 3,000 tons of organic fish per year

UAE food products trade amounted to Dhs31.7bn in Q1 2020

The value of the country’s food imports in the first quarter of this year amounted to Dhs17.98bn

Flat-rate food delivery app launched in UAE to support local restaurants

The app offers venues zero per cent commission for the first six months should they sign up during the first month

Abu Dhabi restaurants, cafés must cap occupancy at 40%; restrict entry for customers below 12 and above 60

In case a food handler contracts the virus, the establishment must be closed

Smart Acres vertical farming

Smart Acres vertical farming company to launch in the UAE in Q3 2020

It has collaborated with South Korean vertical farming tech company n.thing

Five minutes with…Eugenie Dronneau, founder and CEO, FoodKarma

The platform, which launched in March, aims to minimise food wastage

Saudi grocer prepares first Mideast IPO since virus

The company operates 73 stores across the BinDawood and Danube supermarket chains

Oman shifts wealth funds into new entity with $17bn assets

All government companies, except Petroleum Development Oman and the nation’s international investments, will fall under the new entity

Ras Al Khaimah establishes guidelines for reopening of restaurants, cafés and gyms

The measures are aligned with precautions undertaken to ensure the health and safety of customers while ensuring business continuity

Dubai’s Meraas offers contactless ‘Curbside Pickup’ service for customers

Participating retailers include Mitts and Trays, BLK Cab Coffee, Catch 22, Aprons & Hammers, Eggspectations, and Urban Seafood, among others

How Covid-19 has revamped the online grocery shopping space

The stay-at-home protocol activated across countries to combat the spread of the virus has proven to be a game changer for the online shopping sector

Saudi Arabia boosts food spending at home and abroad to secure supply

Following the Covid-19 outbreak, the kingdom introduced two initiatives worth $665m to support farmers and facilitate food imports

BRF’s Sadia commits to 1.4 million meals across the GCC amid Covid-19 concerns

The company has set up a Covid-19 Response Fund worth $1m and has collaborated with government entities and charitable associations to assist regional communities

Abu Dhabi’s ADQ to buy Jordanian firm from founders, Carlyle

Last week, the company acquired 30 per cent of shares in National Petroleum Construction Co. it didn’t already own