The 12th Gulf Food, Hotel and Equipment Exhibition

Gulfood 2007 - The 12th Gulf Food, Hotel and Equipment Exhibition and Salon Culinaire, organised by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 19 22 February 2007. Gulfood, the most sought-after and important food and hospitality event for the Middle East, Africa and Indian subcontinent region, is set for yet another record showing in 2007. With 40% increase in exhibition space, Gulfood 2007 will be the largest ever presentation in the event's history.

Gulfood 2007 brings together more than 2, 000 companies in the industry from over 70 countries, and will welcome a host of new national pavilions and countries. Exhibitors from countries such as Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Georgia and Latvia will be taking part in Gulfood for the first time, and national groups from Chile, Latvia, Ireland, Syria and Brazil will stage their inaugural presence at the trade fair.

The definitive role of Gulfood in bringing together the world's food producers, manufacturers and distributors was evident at the 2006 show, which hosted more than 32, 000 trade visitors from over 145 countries. Dubai's position as the world's third largest re-exporter and strategic hub for markets across Middle East, Africa, India, Pakistan, Europe, Asia and the Americas, also reinforces Gulfood as a must-attend event for the industry.

Complementing the strong growth in both the food and drink segment, as well as the foodservice and hospitality equipment sector in Gulfood 2007, is the new dedicated focus on food packaging, labelling and processing equipment. With recent research forecasting the market for packaging machinery in the Middle East, Africa and Europe to increase to more than USD14.8 billion by 2009, Gulfood 2007 will present a designated showcase of the latest technology and innovative offerings in this segment.

Other key highlights at Gulfood 2007 include the Emirates International Salon Culinaire, a popular feature of the event. Organised by the Emirates Culinary Guild, 1, 000 young chefs from around the world is expected to participate in the Salon Culinaire to pit their cooking skills in live demonstrations and competitions.

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