UAE imports Dh60m worth of plants in H1 2014

The UAE currently holds an estimated 14 per cent of the Gulf’s blossoming Dh970 million flowers and plants business and is reported to have imported Dh60 million worth of plants in the first half of 2014 alone, according to the latest 2014 UN Comtrade Report.

The recent study further reveals that factors such as the upsurge in real estate and tourism activities, a re-energized economy and the positive multi-sectoral impact of Dubai’s successful World Expo 2020 bid are driving a rapid rise in local demand for flowers and plants. 

The local and regional opportunities offered by the blossoming horticultural trade will be on the agenda at the upcoming IPM Middle East: International Plants Expo Middle East in Dubai, which will run from November 9 to 11, 2014.

“The UAE’s resurgent business and investment environments combined with its strategic geographical location have spurred growth in a variety of sectors, including plants and flowers. Dubai in particular has emerged as the focal point of regional floricultural and horticultural activities,” said Tarek Sibai, Project Manager, planetfair.