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Where does UAE buy its meat from?

Salaam Gateway | by Emmy Abdul Alim | 23 January, 2018 Download |  Print

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a net importer of live animals and meat. In 2016, almost 60 percent of its live animals, meats, fish and other products of animal origin came from just seven countries: Brazil, India, New Zealand, Australia, United States, Pakistan and France, according to Salaam Gateway calculation of data from the UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority. 


Strengthening and maintaining its trade links with its key source markets, the secretary-general of Dubai-based International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF), Mohammed Saleh Badri, told an Islamic economy seminar in Brazil this week that he was optimistic of unifying halal certifications in the country to help drive more business for it to the Muslim world, according to Brazil-Arab News Agency

Brazil is the UAE's largest source market for live animals and their products. In 2016, UAE bought 18.97 percent, or 2,374,202,393 dirhams ($646.4 million), of all its live animals and their products from Brazil, according to Salaam Gateway calculation. 

This week as well, the UAE said its minister of economy, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, had met Australia's minister for trade, tourism and investment, Steven Ciobo, in Abu Dhabi to discuss strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries. 

Like Brazil, Australia is a major supplier of meat and live animals to UAE. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country imported around 7.53 percent, or 1,058,537,102 dirhams ($288.2 million), of its meat and live animals from Australia in 2016. 

Together, Brazil and Australia supplied around 26.5 percent of UAE's live animals and their products in 2016. 

The other major live animals and meat exporters to UAE in 2016 are: India (12.7 percent), New Zealand (8.4 percent), United States (5.48 percent), Pakistan (3.6 percent) and France (2.81 percent). 

($1 = 3.67 Emirati dirhams)

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Where does UAE buy its meat from?