Sharjah Chamber (SCCI) is hosting the third leg of the Brazilian Coffee Week 2022, which is being organised by the Embassy of Brazil in the UAE in collaboration with the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in all the emirates of the country.
The event comes as part of efforts to boost trade opportunities and increase exports of coffee products from Brazil to the UAE, in addition to exploring more areas of partnership and investment between the two friendly countries.
Abdullah Al Owais, Chairman, reiterated that the Brazilian Coffee Week has provided an ideal opportunity for businesses operating in this field to expand and exchange expertise with the world's a key coffee producing and exporting country, in addition to strengthening their customer base and establishing new partnerships.
"Coffee is a fundamental part of modern living and the UAE is enjoys a sophisticated coffee market in the Middle East. With more than 200 different nationalities represented in the UAE, the coffee business has grown to become a vital sector of the country's economy, with retail coffee sales in 2020 of 28,400 tonnes with a total value of AED3.6 billion," Al Owais said.
Ambassador Ileana Zughaib, Brazilian Chargé d'Affairs to the UAE, said that organising the Brazilian Coffee Week in all emirates of the UAE aimed to provide a vital platform to share knowledge in this sector with Emirati friends while introducing them to Brazilian coffee.
"Brazil is the largest producer and exporter of coffee in the world and the second largest coffee-consuming country. In 2021, Brazilian coffee exports amounted to about US$6.5 billion, while the UAE received 0.31 percent of the Brazilian coffee bean exports with a value of coffee-related exports to the UAE of nearly US$30 million," she added.
Meanwhile, Rafael Solimo, Director of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce's International Office, stated that holding the Brazilian Coffee Week, in cooperation with the Chambers of Commerce in the UAE, will enhance collaboration and increase Brazilian exports to the UAE, particularly in vital sectors such as agriculture and food, hence promoting both sides' contribution to achieving food security.