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SIAL Middle East - Stronger Than Ever Before!

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SIAL Middle East, organized in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, and colocated with the On-board catering and Date Palm Exhibitions, brings together the retail, foodservice and beverage industries under one roof. 

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SIAL ME 2018

SIAL Middle East 2018 attracted 20 529 unique trade visitors from the food, beverage and hospitality industry. 90+ countries were represented by the visitors at the event. Overall, AED 7.08 billion (US$ 1.93 billion) worth of deals were signed between exhibitors and visitors during the event. 138 major food & beverage industry deals were signed during the 3 days of the event.

The 2019 edition of SIAL Middle East will run from 9 - 11 December at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. If you attended the event this year, get ready to be amazed yet again with an even bigger event as thousands of never before seen products in the region will be on display.

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SIAL ME Top 5 visitors interests



  • 20 529 visitors from 94 countries
  • A 125% increase in visits over the last 9 years.
  • Business activities of our visitors: 33% Import, export | 31% Foodservice & HoReCa | 21% Distributors | 13% Retail | 2% Services

Top 10 visiting countries 

  • UAE
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Kuweit
  • India
  • Barhain
  • Egypt
  • Pakistan
  • Jordan
  • Oman
  • Lebanon

“The exceptional success of SIAL Middle East 2018 and the unprecedented visitor turnout demonstrates the continued regional and global interest in the mega event that serves as an ideal platform to explore the latest F&B products and services, and to discuss promising investment opportunities with leading specialists, top buyers and decision-makers.”
Thamer Al Qasimi, Chairman of the SIAL ME 2018 Organizing Committee


  • 1 089 exhibitors from 45 countries
  • Top 3 Exhibitor's objectives: Develop & promote Food business in Indonesia, Promote a new product or new range of products, Develop the Sales Network
  • National pavilions from: Barhain | Brazil | China | Egypt | India | Italy | Japan | Oman | Poland | Saudi Arabia | Russia ...

“It is a top priority for SIAL Middle East to support the vitally important regional F&B sector in keeping pace with the latest industry trends, strategies and innovations to ensure the continued development of national food industries and enhance food security for the sake of current and future generations.”
Thamer Al Qasimi, Chairman of the SIAL ME 2018 Organizing Committee

SIAL ME - Top Buyers


With the support of our Strategic Partner, the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, a dedicated VIP Hosted Buyer Programme fully funds the visits of up to 500 top buyers from the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and African region to attend SIAL Middle East. 

SIAL Middle East hosted 470 Top Buyers from 50 countries to encourage trade among the stakeholders across the globe. With a combined purchasing power of US$ 235 million, the 2018 edition resulted in 10 583 introductions and meetings with exhibiting international participants and domestic companies as well. Each hosted buyer attended an average of 23 meetings and 75% of hosted buyers signed or were looking to sign deals worth more than US$50,000 with the exhibitors of the show.


While attending SIAL Middle East is an excellent procurement and networking opportunity for buyers and visitors, there is lot more on offer than just the exhibition. Specific activities and events related. Specific activities and events related to key business activities ensure attendance of top buyers at SIAL Middle East every year!

SIAL Innovation

An opportunity for your new product launch to shine at this world stage. Showcase your innovative products at SIAL Innovation with an opportunity for 3 winners to be featured at SIAL Network events around the world over the next year.
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La Cuisine
The largest culinary competition in the region with more than 1,000 chefs competing.
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The Mercury's
The Mercurys is the most prestigious award in travel catering, worldwide. Attended by 200+ airline catering professionals, this is an opportunity to meet the who’s who of the industry.

Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition
The world’s only exhibition dedicated to the date palm fruit, featuring 80+ exhibitors and 3,000+ visitors specific to this sector in attendance.

Middle East Food Forum
Bringing together the regional restaurant thought leadership including investors, restaurant operators, owners, franchisors and franchisees.

UAE National Coffee Championships
Promoting the culture of specialty coffee, 2 coffee competitions will return to Abu Dhabi as part of UAE National Coffee Championships.

Roaming Chefs 
Daily guided tours by top chefs from around the world to meet with exhibitors at their stands.

La Cuisine VIP Evening
Opportunity for select exhibitors to network with 150 senior regional and international chefs in an informal setting. 

SIAL ME 2019 Poster


  • 1 000+ exhibitors from 45 countries
  • 20 000 + visitors from 90 countries
  • 500 hosted VIP Buyers


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"Visitors coming to our stand usually perfectly knew what they were interested in. Business meetings at the stand were short and efficient. The match making session played an important role in market recognition and making first business contacts." 
National Poultry Council (Poland)

"Our experience has been very good, so many buyers have been interested in our product from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Iran. They would like to be our distributor and will come visit our company in Izmir to sign the deals. So hopefully very shortly our products will be in either the UAE or Saudi Arabia."
Citir Fincan (Turkey)

"If you want to see HoReCa, you will see 5-star hotels and high-profile clients especially relevant to the seafood industry which is a growing industry. It is a government supported exhibition and we have been exhibiting for the last 3 years."
The Deep Seafood (UAE) 


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Next events

09-11 December 2019
08-10 December 2020
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

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