Saud Abu Al-Shawareb, Managing Director of Dubai Industrial Park presented key findings from the report, which identifies 20 global agri-food trends indicating the planet’s prospects for the future, and how this relates to the Gulf region, from the manufacturing stage to the supply chain. The release of the report reinforces Dubai Industrial Park’s continuous commitment to develop the industrial sector, from manufacturing to complementary logistics and trade in the UAE and to elevate Dubai’s position as a global hub for innovation-driven businesses in line with the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030.

The whitepaper highlights the ability of countries within the region to harness the technological advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to boost agricultural production, with the UAE leading the way. It also suggests that through leveraging its role as a significant trade hub, the region can position itself as a pioneer in fostering trade in sustainably sourced food with its associated economic benefits, and help reduce food supply risks at a time of increasing global trade uncertainty.

The report calls for a full assessment of the economic, environmental and technological risks facing the Gulf region’s food system. Furthermore, it weighs the region’s challenges – including dependency on imports, reduced agricultural capacity and limited access to freshwater – against its opportunities and strengths, such as the emergence of technological advances in agriculture, high trade volumes flowing from Asia to Europe and Africa, and vice versa, as well as world-class ports equipped with state-of-the-art technologies.