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Join Naira Hamdy at EduTech Arabia!

On 15-16 March, Naira Hamdy, Principal at Dar Al Marefa Private School - Dubai, will be a panelist at EduTech Arabia, speaking about integrating face-to-face and online education, and driving the future of learning in the MENA region.

Join Naira Hamdy at EduTech Arabia!
Thursday 04 March 2021

On 15-16 March, Naira Hamdy, Principal at Dar Al Marefa Private School - Dubai, will be a panelist at EduTech Arabia, speaking about integrating face-to-face and online education, and driving the future of learning in the MENA region.

With a career in education spanning 25 years, Naira specialises in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and to model a professional learning community approach.

Register to attend the event here: bit.ly/3q8cMx7

Join Djamal Djouhri at the Future Food CEO Thought Leadership Summit

As the world continues to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, what does the future hold for global F&B manufacturing? Can a continuing shift towards tech and innovation revolutionise the face of the global food market?

Join Djamal Djouhri at the Future Food CEO Thought Leadership Summit
Thursday 04 March 2021

As the world continues to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, what does the future hold for global F&B manufacturing? Can a continuing shift towards tech and innovation revolutionise the face of the global food market?

In an upcoming virtual seminar for the Future Food CEO Thought Leadership Series, Djamal Djouhri, CEO, AGROP and Al Ghurair Foods, will join a panel of leading regional experts to discuss future innovation trends in the global food industry.

To join the discussion, please register online: https://lnkd.in/eKqmqVx

Canada and the UAE Reach a New Milestone in Agrifood Trade

The UAE imported a record AED 2 billion in canola seeds and wheat from Canada in 2020.  Could it change the cooking oil market in the UAE?

Canada and the UAE Reach a New Milestone in Agrifood Trade
Monday 22 February 2021

The UAE imported a record AED 2 billion in canola seeds and wheat from Canada in 2020.  Could it change the cooking oil market in the UAE?


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), February 21, 2021 – On the margins of Gulfood 2021, Al Ghurair Resources Oils and Proteins (AGROP) and Al Ghurair Foods (AGF) and the Consulate General of Canada in Dubai celebrate a milestone in trade between the UAE and Canada. 

In 2020, more than AED 2 billion worth of canola seeds and wheat were imported from Canada to the UAE.) AGROP and AGF imported 1.5 million tons of canola and wheat from Canada, a record high figure that underlines the growing agrifood trade relationship between the UAE and Canada.  This follows AGROP’s recent announcement that it had crushed more than 1 million tons of canola seeds in a year for the first time in 2020. 

Combined, AGROP and AGF is the single largest importer of Canadian food products in the UAE, contributing to the country’s economy and advancing its food security agenda.  Building upon the longstanding bilateral trade relationship between the UAE and Canada, the UAE is now one of the top 5 global buyers of Canada’s canola seeds.

Canola seeds are harvested in Canada’s vast and sustainably-managed prairies. Processed by value-added manufacturing companies such as AGOP and AGF, canola oil is today one of the most consumed cooking oils worldwide.  Canola oil is a healthy, safe, and sustainable product, with the lowest saturated fat content of all common vegetable oils and high in monounsaturated fat, which can improve cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease. While most of the canola seeds crushed in the UAE is currently for export, Mr. Djamal Djouhri, CEO, AGOP, AGF, has plans to expand the domestic market for this healthy cooking oil.

Mr. Djamal Djouhri, CEO, AGOP, AGF, commented: “As a leader in the region’s agricultural commodities sector, at Al Ghurair we understand that we have a critical role in supporting the global drive for enhanced food security. With a commitment to continuous improvement, we invest in innovation to bring the best quality products to consumers across the region, and beyond. Ensuring a sustainable, secure supply chain is a key focus for all at AGROP and AGF, and through our partnership with our Canadian suppliers, I am confident that we will witness continued growth in the canola market in future, as we continue raise the benchmark, providing safe, high-quality products to consumers.”

H.E. Jean-Philippe Linteau, Consul General of Canada in Dubai, noted that Canada-UAE trade was up 17% in 2020 despite COVID-19.  He also underlines that Canada’s high-quality canola seeds offer UAE consumers a new and healthier eating experience.  

H.E. Jean-Philippe Linteau, Consul General of Canada in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, United Arab Emirates, stated:

“I am delighted to see Canada’s increasing role in contributing to the UAE’s food economy and security.  Canada’s agrifood reflects the diversity of our land, people & climate and our sustainable agriculture practices.  Canola trade is an example of how Canada and the UAE can work together to drive our post COVID-19 recovery.  I salute AGROP and AGF for their achievements in 2020”. 

About Ghurair Resources, Oils and Proteins (AGOP) and Al Ghurair Foods (AGF)  Combined, AGOP and AGF have more than 40 years of intrinsic experience in trade and manufacture of agricultural commodities. The Company is a key player in the commodities sector, specialising in grains, oils, proteins and pulses, serving the region's manufacturers and traders of foods and feed with a steady supply of agricultural raw materials. Trust, reliability and innovation have been the cornerstones that have earned the confidence of customers across the region.

Media Contact:   Akiko Onozuka, Consulate General of Canada in Dubai

Email:  Akiko.Onozuka@international.gc.ca

Mobile:  +971-50-462-9618

Media Contact:  Sara O’Hara, Group Senior Manager, Communications, Al Ghurair Investment

Email:  media@al-ghurair.com

Related Links:

Al Ghurair Foods and Resources:  https://www.al-ghurair.com/

Consulate General of Canada in Dubai: https://www.international.gc.ca/country-pays/uae-eau/dubai.aspx?lang=eng

  • Family businesses are a secret engine of economic recovery Thursday 15 April 2021

    In a new article with Arabian Business, John Iossifidis, GCEO, discusses how the agility, innovation and adaptability of family businesses are the secret engine to fuel post-pandemic economic recovery.

    The power of family values is also a key strength for attracting potential talent and employee retention

    Agility, innovation and adaptability all allow family businesses to drive post-pandemic economic recovery

    Family businesses are a secret engine of economic recovery

     John Iossifidis, Group CEO of Al Ghurair Investment

     Family businesses have been fundamental contributors to and enablers of the ambitious change in the UAE since the formation of the country.

    Woven into the very fabric of the nation and firmly at the heart of the UAE’s economy, these local family businesses can trace their roots back to the pre-oil days, when pearl diving and fishing were the mainstays of the economy. Over the last six decades, they have continuously transformed, reinventing themselves to align to the changing economic climate, industry trends, and in alliance with the vision of the country itself.

    This cultural and mercantile heritage is preserved by Emirati family businesses to this day – consistently upholding the core traits that have enabled them to survive, and thrive: agility, innovation and adaptability.

    It is these very traits that will be driving forces of the economic recovery and sustainable post-pandemic growth. With neither drumroll nor fanfare, local family businesses have embarked on a mission that will see the economy not only rebound, but rise to new heights.

    The stewardship of a family business is, invariably, about building, nurturing and passing down an enhanced legacy to future generations. As businesses with a heart, priorities go far beyond the bottom line; they are driven by purpose.

    In accordance with the UAE’s leadership, family businesses have been – and remain – visionary proponents of the country’s prosperity and success. They have proven their commitment to longevity through adapting and diversifying holdings, growing at a pace that outstrips their Western counterparts. With a dogged focus on diversification, they now dominate key industry sectors, from food, to retail, to hospitality, putting them far ahead of their global equivalents.

    But how do family businesses drive economic recovery and sustainable post-pandemic growth?

    Maximise longevity

    Purpose-led family businesses often outperform markets due to their focus on the long-term, demonstrating resilience and aptitude for growth. Family businesses need to develop rigorous efficacy tests and well-defined proof of concepts, with the ultimate aim of safeguarding and building on an existing, solid legacy. Due to the bottom-line-focused quarterly reporting cycle in public companies, this extent of innovative thinking – and breathing space – is rarely possible.

    Uphold values

    According to a PwC survey, 88 percent of Middle Eastern businesses have a clear sense of agreed values and purpose. As businesses and families grow throughout generations, it is crucial to keep these guiding beliefs that drive business continuity and legacy intact. The power of family values is also a key strength for attracting potential talent and employee retention. Moreover, consumers have an increasing preference for value-driven brands that are aligned to their personal ideals and priorities. In this way, upholding consistent values can boost customer loyalty and build brand value, while, on the internal side, common values and a shared sense of purpose cultivate a family business that transcends generations.

    Embrace innovation

    A business’ desire to innovate is key to a post-pandemic recovery. Thanks to the agility and adaptability of their core business models, family businesses have an innate ability to move faster than large multi-nationals. As the government embarks on the journey towards building a diversified, productive economy laid, in line with the UAE Centennial 2071 vision, UAE family businesses remain ideally placed to support and enable this transformation.

    With the pandemic continuing to put stress on the global economy, family businesses are rising to the challenge and, not only adapting to, but embracing the changing market forces – putting them on the path to becoming the secret engine of post-pandemic recovery. Now, as family businesses are called upon to drive the next phase of development, Al Ghurair and other family businesses, must build on their legacy, and embrace digitalisation and innovation.

    John Iossifidis, Group CEO of Al Ghurair Investment