UAE flowers and plants business estimated at over Dhs140m while the GCC region is estimated to be worth around Dhs970m.
UAE geographic location and revival of real estate helping it become a major hub for flowers and plants trade.
The UAE is increasing its presence on the world stage as a major hub for the flowers and plants trade — thanks to its strategic location adjacent to Europe, Asia and Africa. Dubai in particular, has blossomed into a bustling botanical trading hub for flowers, live trees, seedlings, roots and bulbs.
The Emirate’s flowers and plants business is estimated at over Dhs140m and represents a sizeable chunk of the GCC flower market, estimated to be worth Dhs970m. According to experts, the UAE’s plant and flower market is expected to achieve an annual growth of 20 percent, driven by factors such as strong economic growth, and the country’s resurgent real estate sector which is on track for a 15-20 percent average annual growth over the next two years.
Flowers entering into Dubai arrive from Africa, Asia and South America, while re-export destinations include the GCC states, Russia, Asia-Pacific countries and Europe. The Dubai Flower Centre (DFC) at the Dubai International Airport is currently considered the most modern logistics center for the Middle East’s flowers and plants industry.
DFC’s geographical location being at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe strategically places DFC as a hub. DFC being co-located at Dubai International Airport enjoys the advantage of open skies policies and the connections of 130 airlines to more than 220 destinations.
International Plants Expo Middle East (IPM), the only international horticultural trade show in the Middle East from November 17 to 19, 2013 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, will explore the growth opportunities, industry trends, and the best technologies and practices surrounding the thriving flowers and plants trade of Dubai and the entire Arab World.
IPM will cover the entire chain for the horticultural industry, from greenhouse and nursery growers to landscape designers, architects and contractors.
The event organizers expect to see more than 5,000 visitors and industry professionals from all over the world to gather at the upcoming edition of IPM.
According to an industry expert, flowers and plant business especially in the UAE are recession-proof.
Tarek Sibai; “Flowers and plants have become big business here in Dubai and across the Middle East; sales were brisk even during the peak of the recession. The sector has also been a good fit to the sustainability focus of Dubai and the rest of the UAE. With the entire region going through a steady recovery mode, we can expect even more opportunities to arise. IPM Dubai 2013 is a vital platform for gauging where the horticultural business stands, where it is headed, and what needs to be done to secure a bright, lucrative future for this trade,” said Tarek Sibai, project manager, planetfair.
IPM Dubai 2013 will feature displays and discussions on Plants, Technology, Floristry, Garden Features, Ornamental Gardening, Plants Maintenance, and Plants Logistics. It will be mobilized through close cooperation among Dubai Municipality, Dubai Airports Cargo & Logistics and Dubai Flower Centre.