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UAE flower industry endures effects of crisis

Posted on 09/04/2009

The UAE, being at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, has great potential to be a major hub for the flower industry. The country's location is an important strategic advantage that provides access to a potential market of more than 2 billion customers. According to industry experts, the cut flower market in the UAE had been growing by about 9 per cent annually, with an estimated 200,000 rose stems being brought into the country every week. Fresh-cut flowers like roses, ...  >>MORE

Dubai fast emerging as region’s flower hub

Posted on 02/03/2008

Dubai shops for flowers worth millions from Brazil and other South American countries, with the opening of direct flights to Rio de Janeiro. Ever since Emirates started its six-weekly schedule to the country, businesses in the regions are exploring at new ventures where time is crucial. The Dubai Flower Centre (pictured above), a state-of-the-art facility built at a cost of US$300 million at Dubai Cargo Village, is capable of handling 150,000 tonnes of perishable products on annual basis, and ...  >>MORE

DFC to target flower exports from Thailand

Posted on 17/06/2007

The Dubai Flower Centre (DFC) is planning to improve its business links with Thailand, according to its marketing director Ebrahim Ahli. On a recent trip to Thailand Ahli met with representatives of the country's horticulture industry, including Jade Meyanyieam, president of the Thai Orchid Exporters Association, and officials from the Thai Fruit and Vegetable Producers Association. "This trip was organised to showcase DFC's advanced facilities to high profile members of the Thai plant and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Flower Centre to tap US$1 billion Indian floriculture export market

Posted on 19/10/2006

Dubai Flower Centre (DFC), the only state-of-the-art transshipment facility for perishable goods in the region, is well poised to tap the Indian flower export market which is expected to exceed Dh3.67 billion (US$1 billion) by 2010. Ibrahim Ahli, Marketing Director, DFC said "Geographical location and superior infrastructure are two major factors that will favour Indian exporters if they decide to use the 180,000-tonnes per annum capacity DFC, which went operational in July this year." DFC ...  >>MORE

Dubai sees 15% more air cargo this year

Posted on 02/10/2006

Dubai International Airport is expected to handle 1.5 million tonnes of cargo this year, an increase of 15 per cent over the volume of 2005. Cargo volumes have been boosted by the opening in July of Dubai Flower Centre, a new facility that can handle 180,000 tonnes of perishable products a year, said Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates group. "Dubai International Airport handled 1.3 million tonnes of cargo for ...  >>MORE

Flower and plant trade reaches full bloom in Dubai

Posted on 20/08/2006

Dubai's emergence as a hub for commerce and tourism has sprouted a sizable trade in flowers and plants. Although reliable figures about market size are not available, people associated with the industry see a huge potential for growth. According to Maryam Al Noori, vice-president of the UAE Flowers and Plant Association, the market grew by about 40 per cent in 2005 and similar growth is expected this year. There are an estimated 4,500 companies involved in the horticulture business and ...  >>MORE

Trade at Dh257m Dubai Flower Centre blossoming after first week

Posted on 26/07/2006

The US$70-million (Dh257 million) Dubai Flower Centre (DFC), a strategically located transshipment facility for perishable goods in the region, has now become fully operational, and has handled total volume of 3,475 tonnes of goods in the first ten days of operation. DFC, operating as a free zone, ensures seamless and prompt delivery of perishables from the producer to the end consumer and has the capacity to handle 180,000 tonnes of perishable products a year. All existing processes, ...  >>MORE

Dubai to become hub for flower and plant trade

Posted on 20/02/2006

The UAE is not only witnessing heady growth in conventional industries like tourism, hospitality, retail and real estate. Exponential growth is also being seen in more unusual sectors like landscaping and gardening, says planet air - organisers of the first International Plants Expo Middle East (IPM) in Dubai. The GCC flower market is currently valued at around 200 million euros and is set to grow to 1.5 - 2 billion euros over the next few years, according to the German Flowers Import and ...  >>MORE