Fourth Industrial Revolution to spur UAE food security goals: DI Talks at Gulfood 2020

by Dina Maaty | Published 1 month ago

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Dubai Industrial City, one of the largest industrial hubs in Dubai and a member of TECOM Group, has leveraged the Gulfood 2020 platform to reiterate that the Fourth Industrial Revolution can accelerate the UAE’s drive to become a world leader in food security.

The growing business hub, comprising more than 280 factories and over 730 business partners, welcomed key stakeholders in the food and beverage industry to its pavilion at Gulfood, running from February 16-20 at Dubai World Trade Centre, to discuss food security and innovation.

Business partners and leading industry experts joined DI Talks to highlight how technology can play a crucial role in increasing sustainable food production and help the UAE become the highest-ranked country in the Global Food Security Index by 2051 – an initiative presented in 2018 by Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security.

Saud Abu Al Shawareb, Managing Director of Dubai Industrial City, said: “As the UAE aims to lead the world in food security, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence can – and already are – being used to reduce food waste, boost recycling and spur innovation in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“To compete globally in this dynamic environment, we provide our business partners with the opportunity to collaborate, gain insight and share expertise. DI Talks is a great example of the way we bring our business partners and wider industry together at Gulfood to share ideas that contribute to the UAE’s knowledge economy and goals as envisioned in the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030.” 

Barakat Quality Plus, Al Barakah Dates, Tanmiah Food Group, in5 startup Winnow – winner of the Gulfood Startup Programme 2020, Global Shipping & Logistics, and Terraloop participated in DI Talks as part of Dubai Industrial City’s programme of events at Gulfood.

A panel discussion on February 19, the closing day of DI Talks’ action-packed four-day speaker series, drew the participation of Gurumurthi Shankar, Chief Operating Officer of Global Shipping & Logistics, Prapthi Rai, Head of Quality at Barakat Quality Plus, and Ignacio Ramirez, Managing Director MENA at Winnow, on the insightful topic of innovation in the UAE food sector.

Terraloop founder Ryan Ingram kicked off DI Talks on February 16 with a talk explaining how his consultancy had worked with local waste management agencies and luxury hotels in the UAE to reduce food waste.

Yousuf Saleem, managing director, Al Barakah Dates, highlighted how the UAE company plans to tap into the demand for plant-based food in the region by producing fibre-rich date powder as a commercially viable alternative to sugar on February 17. 

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