Report shows extent of dairy industry in Dubai

By Jim Cornall

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Camelicious, based in Dubai, is the world's largest producer of camel milk.
Camelicious, based in Dubai, is the world's largest producer of camel milk.

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A recent report issued by the Business Registration & Licensing (BRL) sector of Dubai Economy said that the Emirate of Dubai has 583 local and international companies engaged in dairy production and industry such as yogurt; natural butter; cheese; the manufacture and packaging of milk and dairy products; cream; dairy products; and food and dairy counseling.

These companies include 24 industrial licenses; while 93% of them are commercial and 4% are related to Industry.

Dubai Economy said the numbers reflect its efforts to deliver value-added services to the public in Dubai to facilitate doing business. The report also supports the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, which aims to make Dubai a global hub for business and industries based on knowledge, innovation and sustainability.

The top ten areas where the companies engaged in dairy production and industry are based are: Burj Khalifa; Bur Dubai; Al Ras; Ras Al Khor Industrial Area 3; Trade Centre 1; Port Said; Oud Metha; Hor Al Anz East; Al Karama; and Al Garhoud.

Limited Liability companies accounted for 83% of the total, followed by Sole Establishments 11%, and One-Person Limited Liability Companies at 2%. The rest of the legal forms included; Civil Works companies; Branches of companies based in other Emirates; Branches of Free Zone Companies; Branches of Foreign Companies; Branches of Gulf Companies; General Partnership Companies; and Public Shareholding Companies.

"Dairy and food derivatives industry is an essential component of the local industry and contributes to achieving food security and self-reliance. Local companies have many opportunities to support their development, as the future growth of the population in the UAE leads to an increase in consumption. The geographical proximity of production and the speed of supply assure high quality products for customers,"​ said Walid Abdel Malik, director of the BRL Business Registration Division.

Saeed Juma Bin Subaih, general manager of the Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products Camelicious, said, "We are proud to be among the local companies that contribute to achieving the food security of the UAE by producing more than four million liters of camel milk annually, which are distributed through 65 different products. We also export them to more than 16 countries, such as China, Russia, USA, and Japan, as well as the European Union."

Camelicious is the largest facility in the world for the production of camel milk in terms of quantity and product range. The company has 9,000 camels with the goal of reaching 20,000 within the next five years.

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