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Building blocks for UAE’s food security

21 February 2022, Djamal Djouhri, CEO, AGROP and AGF:

Bringing more land under farming has worked well for the UAE despite the climate challenges.

Building blocks for UAE’s food security
Wednesday 23 February 2022

21 February 2022, Djamal Djouhri, CEO, AGROP and AGF:

Bringing more land under farming has worked well for the UAE despite the climate challenges.

The COVID-19 continues to reinforce the fragility of global food security. Global supply chains have suffered, with the pandemic exposing considerable vulnerabilities towards maintaining a sustainable and reliable flow of essential food items.

Across the global food community, this has served to create a sense of urgency to identify new ways of doing this – and to transform how we produce our food. Even before the pandemic, governments were increasingly putting food security on their agendas, ramping up initiatives across the industry to create a more secure and sustainable food ecosystem.

In recent years, the issue of climate change - coupled with economic instability and evolving consumer behaviour – had already heavily impacted and influenced food production. With the added complication of the pandemic, governments are under increased pressure to rethink methods to meet their own food security objectives, and deliver on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Looking to the Middle East in particular, with its harsh environmental conditions, the issue remains a key priority for the regions’ leaders. The UAE already is taking concrete action to become a global leader in driving food security, aiming to lead the ranking in the Global Food Security Index by 2051.

In 2021, the UAE established the Emirates Food Security Council to meet the National Food Security Strategy goals and is investing in new and innovative agricultural technologies to increase local production and distribution and to produce food more efficiently. With an ever-growing population, these initiatives are fundamental for the country to be able to cater for rising consumption needs.

Now, the country looks to a new frontier for food, with a number of key drivers and trends set to shape the future of food in the region.

Rise of agritech

There has been a monumental shift in global food production, and the world is looking at innovative and new sustainable agricultural technology solutions to address food security challenges. The UAE has implemented a number of agritech initiatives, such as ‘controlled-environment agriculture’; aquaculture to reduce the consumption of fresh water and farm in controlled conditions for fish; vertical farming by stacking layers of plants and vegetables in an indoor environment to control conditions for all-year round production, and other initiatives such as robotics and drone solutions for crop planning, production and resourcing to increase yields.

Supporting local produce

Local production is an opportunity to decentralise our food systems, develop shorter supply chains and support local businesses and communities as consumers demand fresh, healthy, and locally farmed produce. There are huge benefits to producing food locally, including nutritional benefits, as well as reducing carbon footprint and waste, and supporting job creation to boost the local economy.

At Al Ghurair Investment, we are long-time advocates for local production. With an underlying commitment to enhancing life in the communities in which we operate, we seek to actively facilitate regional food supply, and to enrich product diversity. From our wheat and other milling operations, an animal feed plant, and one of the UAE’s largest poultry farms, we deliver sustainable business solutions and streamline supply chains to support the production of local, fresh food across the region.

At this year’s Gulfood exhibition, there was a notable uplift in the presence of ‘homegrown’ brands – a trend that looks set to stay.

Healthy alternative diets

With a young and growing population in the UAE, environmental health, wellness, and sustainability are at the forefront of consumer decision-making. The emergence towards flexitarian diets -which includes cutting food groups, reducing consumption of animal products and the rise of vegan and plant-based diets - have grown exponentially.

These emerging behaviours go beyond solely health benefits ; many consumers are also raising questions not only about animal welfare, but also about the the environmental impact on the planet as a whole. Supermarkets, brands, and restaurants are rapidly meeting this evolving market demand and are focusing on providing alternatives to meat and dairy products.

Strengthening resilience

As we enter a post-pandemic era, where consumers are demanding change from the food industry, food security remains at the top of policymakers’ agendas. There are clear signs of change in the regions’ dynamic agriculture sector, as the UAE leads the global charge for food security.

We must ensure we are all part of this ecosystem to address these challenges by strengthening our resilience, improving efficiencies in the supply chain, embracing new innovative trends, and supporting product diversity, to drive the food security agenda for all in the UAE and beyond.

This article appeared as an excusive in Gulf News, please read the article in its original location here.

Al Ghurair Foods to participate in Gulfood 2022

14 February 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:

Al Ghurair Foods, which is part of Al Ghurair Investment, the leading diversified UAE family business is set to participate at Gulfood 2022, the world’s largest annual food and beverage (F&B) event.

Al Ghurair Foods to participate in Gulfood 2022
Tuesday 15 February 2022

14 February 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:

Al Ghurair Foods, which is part of Al Ghurair Investment, the leading diversified UAE family business is set to participate at Gulfood 2022, the world’s largest annual food and beverage (F&B) event.

Taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 13-17 February 2022, the event will host leading experts, decision makers and leaders from the F&B industry who will share valuable insights on new industry trends and innovations, as well as creating meaningful dialogue and discussing ground-breaking solutions.

Commenting on the Gulfood event, Djamal Djouhri, CEO of Al Ghurair Resources Oils & Proteins and Al Ghurair Foods LLC, said: “We are proud to participate in the largest food and beverage exhibition in the world. As we remain committed to investing in projects that contribute to our communities and a better quality of life, we look forward to facilitating these discussions about the F&B sector and advancing the future food agenda across the region.”

“We are eager to attend this key event and explore new partnerships with organisations, ministers and policymakers. Gulfood 2022 is an ideal platform to share breakthrough ideas and address industry challenges with leaders amongst the global food community and we look forward to these fruitful discussions over the next five days.”

Al Ghurair Foods is world-leading manufacturer and supplier of high-quality food products with over 45 years of expertise in the food industry, a presence in 25 countries and four continents. Al Ghurair Foods and Resources designs and delivers sustainable business solutions by innovating consistently, streamlining supply chains, saving energy, reducing costs and collaborating strategically with customers. Its portfolio covers a broad range of branded, private label and bulk products, catering to diverse businesses and retailers.

The Al Ghurair Foods stand will be located at C8-10 in Hall 6 of the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Al Ghurair recognised as a ‘Friend of Spain’ by Brands of Spain at The Spanish Business Council Gala Dinner

04 February 2022, Dubai, UAE: 

  • The award recognises Al Ghurair for its distinguished contribution to forging economic, cultural, and business relationships between Spain and the UAE
Al Ghurair recognised as a ‘Friend of Spain’ by Brands of Spain at The Spanish Business Council Gala Dinner
Friday 04 February 2022

04 February 2022, Dubai, UAE: 

  • The award recognises Al Ghurair for its distinguished contribution to forging economic, cultural, and business relationships between Spain and the UAE

Al Ghurair Investment, the leading diversified UAE family business has been awarded the ‘Friend of Spain’ accolade at The Spanish Business Council’s annual Gala Dinner, in collaboration with the Leading Brands of Spain Forum and Fedecom. Taking place on 2 February 2022 in Dubai, UAE, the prestigious event commemorated the official Spain Day at Expo Dubai 2020.

The award was presented to Al Ghurair on behalf of Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain by Reyes Maroto, Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, in recognition of its distinguished contribution to forge economic, cultural, and business relationships between Spain and the UAE. The ‘Friend of Spain’ title was granted in recognition of two key initiatives launched by Al Ghurair in 2021, both of which involve partnerships with globally prominent Spanish entities.

The first, a collaboration between Al Ghurair Retail and the Leading Brands of Spain Forum (FMRE), sees Al Ghurair managing La Tienda: Brands of Spain Shop, the commercial space of the Spain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Representing more than 20 brands from Spain, across a variety of categories, including fashion, beauty, food and beverage and accessories, the partnership provides a platform to introduce new brands to the regional market, building brand equity and enhancing consumer choice. Under the collaboration, brands were selected on the basis of sustainability, quality, innovation and design, in reflection of both companies’ core interests and values.

The second, a landmark collaboration between Al Ghurair University (AGU), an ABET accredited university based in Dubai, and IE University, one of the world’s leading business schools, to co-create a best-in-class Leadership Development Programme. With a dual commitment to education and innovation, the collaboration marked a milestone in AGU’s evolution to becoming one of the region’s leading business schools, catering for generations of learners beyond university years into professional and personal development, for ongoing career pathways.

Commenting on this achievement, John Iossifidis, GCEO, Al Ghurair Investment, said: “At Al Ghurair, our social contribution - and making a meaningful difference – is our core Purpose, and so we are honoured to be recognised for our efforts to forge partnerships that support in fostering the UAE’s trade relations. This is a proud moment for all of us at Al Ghurair, and testament to the commitment of our team; I thank them for their continued dedication!”

Arturo Lujan, CEO, Al Ghurair Ventures, which manages Al Ghurair Retail and serves as a board member of AGU, follows: “We are honoured to have been entrusted by our prestigious partners to collaborate on these pioneering projects. From the World’s greatest show, at Dubai Expo, and supporting the UAE’s vision on sustainability and innovation, to developing a world-class educational programme that supports – and advocates for – a lifelong journey of learning, we are proud to be living our Purpose alongside brands that mirror our own values.”

Ignacio Osborne, President of Leading Brands of Spain, commented: “We are glad to extend this prestigious award from Spain to Al Ghurair Investment due to its strong professionalism, leadership and commitment to become the economic, cultural and business bridge between Spain and UAE, which will strengthen and enhance the lives of both our countries.”

Arturo Lujan, CEO, Al Ghurair Ventures joined the President of Spain’s delegation, which included several key ministers of Spain, the UAE and many of Spain’s largest leading organisations. The Gala Dinner and awards ceremony, which took place at the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa was attended by a number of key representatives from Al Ghurair Investment including Arturo Lujan, CEO of Al Ghurair Ventures, Djamal Djouhri, CEO of Al Ghurair Resources Oils & Proteins and Al Ghurair Foods, as well as Anuradha Dhawan and Shakil Chaudhry, General Managers of Al Ghurair Retail. Other attendees included Fernando Maudo, Brands of Spain and Alvaro Benjumea, CEO and owner of La Espanola.

About Al Ghurair Investment:

Al Ghurair Investment aims to set the standard for family business groups in the Middle East. Al Ghurair is proud of its deep roots in the UAE, which trace back over six decades. Building on this enduring legacy, the Group has established diversified operations spanning more than 50 countries across the globe, employing approximately 28,000 people. Today, the Al Ghurair family name is synonymous with the development of the region and AGI builds on this long history of innovation and entrepreneurship through its operations in seven distinct sectors including food, resources, properties, construction, energy, mobility and ventures.

From its modest beginnings as a local trading business, the investment Group continues to be guided by its purpose: ‘Enhancing Life’. In order to fulfil this, AGI is dedicated to the adoption and implementation of best practices in all areas of its business, including investment and governance, in order to enable and drive future prosperity and benefits for the communities within which it operates.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Sara O’Hara
Head of Group Communications & Group Press Office
Al Ghurair Investment
Email: sara.ohara@al-ghurair.com
Phone: +(971) 50 9299 540

Al Ghurair appoints new CEO of AG Facilities, its award-winning Facilities Solutions arm

18 January 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 

Al Ghurair Investment, the leading diversified UAE family business, today announced the appointment of Tarek Nizameddin as Chief Executive Officer of AG Facilities, including its reputed soft services subsidiary, MBM. The facilities solution business forms a critical part of the company’s long-established construction sector. The appointment supports the company’s strategic intention to expand its facilities presence across the region by enhancing capabilities with innovative new products and technologies.

Al Ghurair appoints new CEO of AG Facilities, its award-winning Facilities Solutions arm
Thursday 20 January 2022

18 January 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 

Al Ghurair Investment, the leading diversified UAE family business, today announced the appointment of Tarek Nizameddin as Chief Executive Officer of AG Facilities, including its reputed soft services subsidiary, MBM. The facilities solution business forms a critical part of the company’s long-established construction sector. The appointment supports the company’s strategic intention to expand its facilities presence across the region by enhancing capabilities with innovative new products and technologies.

Tarek Nizameddin joined in January 2022 and is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to drive transformation at AG Facilities. In his role, Tarek will focus on optimising new opportunities and building competences in the facilities management space, across hard and soft services, to unlock value and drive customer engagement. 

Commenting on the appointment, John Iossifidis, Group Chief Executive Officer, Al Ghurair Investment, said, “We are pleased to welcome Tarek onboard, an experienced business leader with a proven track record of success in leadership roles as we embark on the next phase of our growth strategy. His appointment will help strengthen AG Facilities’ regional leadership position and I am confident he will play a pivotal role in supporting the future of the company.”

Tarek Nizameddin, Chief Executive Officer, AG Facilities, states: “I’m proud to be joining the team of elite professionals at Al Ghurair, a long-standing, reputed organisation that has made its mark across multiple sectors and industries. I am excited to have the opportunity to take the Facilities division to new heights with the support, collaboration, and determination of my team. I look forward to striving for new benchmarks within our dynamic industry for both quality standard and service efficiency.”

Tarek Nizameddin brings more than 27 years of experience as a Senior Asset Management professional with an exceptional track record in leadership positions across global entities. Tarek has a wealth of knowledge in Asset Management, Real Estate Development, Facilities Services and Business Development. Prior to joining AG Facilities, he held the role of Senior Executive Director at Ejadah Asset Management Group where he led the operational and commercial divisions. Prior to that, he held senior roles within leading regional organisations including Damac, Dubai Holding, Abu Dhabi General Services company - Musanada and Corner Stone Property Management.

About Al Ghurair Investment:

Al Ghurair Investment (AGI) aims to set the standard for family business groups in the Middle East. AGI is proud of its deep roots in the UAE, which trace back over six decades. Building on this enduring legacy, the Group has established diversified operations spanning more than 50 countries across the globe, employing approximately 28,000 people. Today, the Al Ghurair family name is synonymous with the development of the region and AGI builds on this long history of innovation and entrepreneurship through its operations in distinct sectors including food, resources, properties, construction, energy, mobility and ventures.

From its modest beginnings as a local trading business, the investment Group continues to be guided by its purpose: ‘Enhancing Life’. In order to fulfil this, AGI is dedicated to the adoption and implementation of best practices in all areas of its business, including investment and governance, in order to enable and drive future prosperity and benefits for the communities within which it operates.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Sara O’Hara
Group Communications & Press Office, Al Ghurair Investment
Email: sara.ohara@al-ghurair.com
Phone: +(971) 50 9299 540