Press Release

Booming Middle East Market Seen as Catch of the Day for Global Seafood Industry

27 Oct 2013

Booming Middle East Market Seen as Catch of the Day for Global Seafood Industry


With global seafood consumption forecast to rise to 150-160 million tonnes per annum, or between 19-20 kg per person by 2030 according to the World Health Organisation, the international seafood industry is looking to the fast-growing Middle East markets for new business opportunities. Given the region’s growing population, rising financial prosperity and strong tourism sector, seafood consumption per capita is growing at a substantial rate compared to other regions.

This market potential is reflected in demand for space at SEAFEX 2013 the region’s most influential trade show for the seafood industry, which this year has reported a more than 30 percent increase in exhibitor space over the 2012 inaugural event. Taking place from 17-19 November 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the trade-only show covers the full spectrum of the seafood industry, from the fresh catch to the consumer’s plate, as well as cold storage, shipping and logistics solutions.

“The Middle East offers exceptional opportunities for the seafood industry with many of its regional markets in the world’s top ten in terms of per capita consumption. We are delighted that the second edition of SEAFEX has been so well received by the industry. The show’s success at connecting international suppliers to the regional market, and helping local companies expand into new territories and establish themselves as premium producers abroad,” said Trixie LohMirmand Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre.

The 2013 edition of SEAFEX is set to showcase an even broader range of products from the world’s leading names in the seafood industry as well as new country pavilions including: Philippines, Namibia, Peru, Turkey, Northern Ireland, Yemen and Argentina.


SEAFEX has also confirmed that it will host 100 buyers from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Tunisian, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria and Kenya through an extensive hosted buyer programme. Connecting exhibitors with buyers directly, the programme ensures that exhibitors meet with the right buyers, even before they arrive at their stand.

SEAFEX is conveniently co-located with The Speciality Food Festival, the region’s only dedicated gourmet and fine food show for the food and hospitality industry and Sweets & Snacks Middle East, the region’s only dedicated showcase for the sweets, snacks, chocolate, bakery and ice cream industry. All three shows cover everything from ingredients, equipment and technology through to the finished products for catering and retail. 

SEAFEX is for Trade and Business Professionals only and will be open from 10:00am- 6:00pm on November 17 and 18, 10:00am – 5:00pm on November 19. General public and persons under the age of 18 will not be permitted entry. Free visitor registration is available now online at Registration will also be available at the show upon proof of trade status.