First Saudi tech startup that could go public picks HSBC for IPO

Jahez has also been expanding in other areas such as last-mile logistics and cloud kitchens

Saudi Arabia halts some Brazil poultry including JBS plants

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority said imports from the plants will be suspended from May 23

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed’s 100 Million Meals campaign achieves over double its target

Donations from 385,000 individuals, private and public companies and businessmen across 51 countries helped secure food parcels equivalent to 216 million meals

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Dubai’s dnata partners with Blue Aqua to boost food security in Singapore

Blue Aqua will upcycle organic waste from dnata’s catering and ground handling operations into alternative insect protein for aquafeeds

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Sheikh Mohammed launches Food Tech Valley in Dubai

It seeks to triple the UAE’s food production and will include a smart food logistics hub, R&D facilities as well as agricultural technology and engineering labs

UAE’s Environment Ministry to reduce or waive fees for 50 services from May 1

The fee for the permit to use the ‘Organic’ logo for organic products (previously Dhs5,000) will be waived

Dubai e-tailer noon.com launches Ramadan sale

Customers using a Mashreq Bank card will receive 25 per cent off up to Dhs100 on all orders with a minimum value of Dhs200 until April 29

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DMCC to launch cacao centre in Dubai

DMCC will initially incubate a select range of cacao services within its DMCC Coffee Centre in Jebel Ali starting from mid-2021

Dubai food trade

Dubai’s external food trade totalled Dhs52bn in 2020

In terms of volume, the overall trade weighed 17 million tonnes

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Dubai closes 53 food outlets in Q1 2021 due to Covid-19 infractions

The municipality conducted 13,775 inspections during the first quarter of 2021, and issued warnings to 1,133 establishments

Dubai’s ENOC Group opens two new service stations in Sharjah

There are now seven ENOC service stations in Sharjah

Sheikh Mohammed launches initiative to provide 100 million meals across 20 countries

The campaign will provide food support to the vulnerable in the Middle East, Africa and Asia

Head of UAE’s Lulu Group safe after chopper crash lands in India

No major injuries were reported

In one year a billion tons of food got wasted — mostly at home

Food waste and loss are responsible for as much as 10 per cent of global emissions

Neom, Tabuk Fish ink agreement to develop MENA’s largest fish farm

The hatchery will operate with a capacity of 70 million fingerlings

Prince Khaled named in advisory board of $15m global food tech challenge

Competition backers include Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council

Dubai’s noon.com to reduce prices up to 75% during Ramadan

The discounts are spread across 60,000 products

‘Customer behaviour has accelerated growth in online food delivery’ – CEO, KLC Virtual Restaurants

Online food delivery has grown significantly during the last several years

Your instant coffee may soon be at risk from Suez blockage

About 12 per cent of global trade goes through the Suez

Saudi Arabia’s Almarai acquires Bakemart in UAE, Bahrain

The acquisition is fully financed from Almarai’s operating cash flow

Dubai-based Kitch to expand Lebanon’s restaurant Barbar across GCC

Hybrid cloud kitchen/store front operator to offer Barbar menu at dine-in and delivery

Pure Harvest Smart Farms

UAE-based Pure Harvest Smart Farms raises $60m in new funding round

Shuaa Capital led a $50m structured sukuk for Pure Harvest co-investing with Franklin Templeton and Sancta Capital

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Al Barakah Dates to expand Dubai facility to make it ‘world’s largest date factory’

The facility is due for completion in early 2022

Saudi diary company Almarai appoints new CEO

Abdullah Al Bader was the executive vice president of Almarai’s bakery business since 2015

Drew Joshua Dennehy Three Coffee

The SME Story: Drew Joshua Dennehy, co-founder and general manager of Three Coffee

Dubai-based Three Coffee aims to implement sustainable practices along the entire coffee value chain

UAE bans import of eggs, live birds from Estonia, Romania

The announcement was made by the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment on Monday morning

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Ajman: Restaurants and cafés to close at 11pm

Authorities said the decision was made as a new measure to combat the spread of Covid-19

Online F&B sales in UAE rise 255% in 2020 – Dubai Chamber

The value of online food and beverage sales in the UAE is projected to reach $619m by 2025

Gulfood 2021: Here’s all you need to know

The 26th edition of the annual F&B event will host 2,500 companies from 85 countries

Cloud-kitchen and store-front operator Kitch launches in Saudi and UAE

Kitch launches with privately raised capital of $15m