Participate in a UK Seafood mission in the UAE

Invitation for Expression of Interest 

As Part of the £1m Seafood Exports Package, The Department for International Trade in partnership with The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, GREAT and the Great British Food Programme will be hosting a showcase and reception in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for seafood producers looking to enter the market. 

Why UAE? 

The UAE is heavily reliant on food imports - 80% of all food is imported. The growth in the food service market in the UAE is driving growth in imported seafood. The UAE has one of the highest levels of seafood consumption per capita in the world, so it is a huge market. In 2020, the UK exported £8.5m of seafood to the UAE. The mission will present opportunities for imported seafood, with potential growth for a wide range of fish and shellfish species. Salmon, whitefish and mackerel, are currently the top 3 imported seafood species. 

Would you like to visit? 

Register your interest to join this exciting market visit and take advantage of the opportunities offered across the Gulf. The visit will include: 

•    Exclusive Seafood Dinner with high-end hospitality/hoteliers 
•    Showcasing and networking reception at the British Embassy 
•    Buyer visits & B2B engagement with importers 
•    Market & industry briefings 
•    Pre and in market support 
A full programme will be confirmed upon registering your interest, please note that expressing your interest is not a commitment to join the mission. 

Event details 

Mission Dates: Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th January 2023 
Venue: British Embassy and venues to be confirmed 

Interested companies with a profile on the Great British Food Programme should select the UAE Seafood Initiative, those companies without a profile should create one here:, once profile is live they should then select the initiative.

All expressions of interest should be submitted by the 4th November 2022. 
Successful applicants will be contacted with further details by mid-November.