The UAE Ministry of Environment and Water announced on Tuesday it is lifting the ban on the import of British beef and British beef products with immediate effect.
The news comes at a time when British farmers and the wider UK economy is looking to boost exports and earn valuable foreign exchange. British beef enthusiasts hope products from Aberdeen-Angus steaks to roast-beef flavoured potato crisps will soon be available in UAE restaurants and on supermarket shelves.
“I am delighted that the ban on British beef has been lifted,” British Ambassador to the UAE, Dominic Jermey said in a statement.
“This is a great opportunity for UAE residents to try for themselves the excellent quality of British beef, and I encourage people in the UAE to enjoy this excellent product which will be back in the shops here soon. I’m proud that British products across the board are well known in the UAE for their quality and it’s great to see British beef, enjoyed the world over, in that selection,” he added.
Ian Gibbons, Director of UK Trade & Investment in Dubai, said the UAE is an important market for the UK and there is already a very healthy demand for British food products.
Total UK food and drink exports increased by 14.8% in 2011 to $26.39bn, representing the seventh consecutive year of growth. The UAE imported British food products worth $192.62mn in 2011, up 12.6% from 2010. The UK and the UAE have committed to increase bilateral trade to $18.85bn by 2015.