Speciality Food Festival and Seafex ME, Dubai (30 Oct – 1st Nov 2018)


9th Speciality Food Festival & Seafex ME, Dubai, UAE, 30 October – 1st November 2018

The Leading Gourmet Food Event for Middle East & North Africa

Now placed in a key procurement period in the region, these events will help international gourmet and fine food companies to connect with regional food service companies, retailers and hotels. The fast growing tourist (Dubai is the 4th most visited city in the world) and expat population has resulted in hotels, restaurants and retailers looking premium food suppliers.

The last edition of the event helped attract over 20,000 key decision seeking to source premium products from suppliers across the world. As organizers of Gulfood – the largest annual Food and Beverage event in the world, we are backed by the largest database of buyers and distributors in the food industry, across the Middle East and Africa market. Speciality Food Festival (hall 3) is co-located with Seafex ME (Za’abeel 3) and Yummex ME (hall 1 & 2).

Why Middle East?

  • Consumer spending on food in the region has reached $ 106 billion. This equates 28% of income in the region is spent on F&B
  • The UAE food sales are projected to grow annually at an average of 7.3%, just behind Saudi Arabia at 8.8%
  • UAE to have the 7th largest per capita meat consumption in the world, by 2019
  • The average UAE household spends more on premium and gourmet products than equivalent households in the US, Japan, the UK, Korea and China
  • 216,454 hotel rooms to come in the Middle East and Africa market, to support the strong growth in tourist numbers. The region’s hospitality market is also expected to grow at a 7.6% CAGR, to the buildup of Expo2020
  • UAE is a gateway to Arab and African markets, accounting for 61% GCC trade volumes  

Why Speciality Food Festival is the marketplace for expansion ?

  • Leading companies use the event to expand market share and secure new distributors.
  • Co-located with other F&B, hospitality and equipment events, the 2017 editions attracted over 25,000+ visitors from across the MEA region
  • Source from the procurement partners including Carrefour, Dubai Duty Free, Jumeirah Hotel Group, Waitrose and more !
  • Average sale per exhibitor is over $ 1 Million per company

Speciality Food Festival 2017

  • Show size: 5.500 sqm
  • 137 Exhibitors from 26 countries, 8 national pavilions
  • 20.000+ visitors from 111 countries, 20% International and 80% from the Middle East
  • Who visits: distributors, exporters/importers, fine dining restaurants, health stores, HORECA professionals, Executive chefs, Hoteliers & Restaurateurs, Organic Traders, Premium brand managers, Royal and Gourmet caterers, Speciality Food Associations, Speciality retailers & wholesalers, Supermarkets & Hypermarkets

Products Profiles

  • Fine Food: Gourmet & Fine Food, Artisan, Meat, Deli Food, Ethnic/Seasonal
  • Condiments & Sauces: Chutney/Relishes, Jam, Oils & Fats, Spices/Seasoning
  • Dairy & Cheese: Milk & Milk substitutes, Butter, Cheese, Yoghurt
  • Beverages: Tea, Energy Drinks, Mineral Water, Juices
  • Nutritional/Special Diets: Organic, Vegan, Bio, Gluten Free, Free Range

Holland Pavillion Participants

We either could not display exhibitors yet for this exhibition, or exhibitors have been removed from past events.

Facts & Figures









Start date

October 30th, 2018

End date

November 1st, 2018

Opening details

not yet available


Dubai World Trade Center
Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre 2