United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market SIZE & SHARE ANALYSIS - GROWTH TRENDS & FORECASTS UP TO 2029

The United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market is segmented by Type (Beef, Mutton, Poultry), by Form (Canned, Fresh / Chilled, Frozen, Processed) and by Distribution Channel (Off-Trade, On-Trade). Market value in USD and market volume in tonnes are presented. Key data points observed include production and price.

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United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market Analysis

The United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market size is estimated at 2.00 billion USD in 2024, and is expected to reach 2.17 billion USD by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 1.68% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

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2.00 Billion

Market Size in 2024 (USD)

2.17 Billion

Market Size in 2029 (USD)

10.20 %

CAGR (2017-2023)

1.68 %

CAGR (2024-2029)

Largest Segment by Type

60.46 %

value share, Poultry , 2023

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Product consistency, the surge in local production, and higher protein/lower fat content are some of the major factors influencing the higher poultry consumption.

Largest Segment by Form

56.12 %

value share, Fresh / Chilled , 2023

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Fresh meats are considered to be of higher quality. The relaxation of the lockdown allowed customers to immediately purchase freshly cut meat through an offline channel.

Fastest-growing Segment by Type

1.84 %

Projected CAGR, Mutton , 2024-2029

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The rise of the expat population and tourism in the country is driving the demand for mutton meat mainly through on-trade channels.

Fastest-growing Segment by Form

2.76 %

Projected CAGR, Processed , 2024-2029

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The consumption of processed edible meat products in the UAE has increased due to increased globalization and Western influence.

Leading Market Player

5.73 %

market share, Siniora Food Industries Company , 2022

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Other than the extensive product portfolio incorporating all forms and types of edible meat, the company's broad consumer reach makes it a leading player in the market.

High consumption of meat and reduced meat prices boost sales

  • Poultry was the most consumed edible meat variant due to its continued consumption during the study period. Poultry is a source of high-quality lean proteins; therefore, poultry meat is the preferred type of red meat; however, it is anticipated to cause several health complications. As the public sees a significant transition from imported frozen to fresh choices, particularly in the variety of portions and fillets, local production is anticipated to increase to meet their growing needs. In the UAE, poultry continues to be a relatively affordable source of animal protein despite growing food prices globally. Prices for poultry were 0.5% lower in July 2021 compared to the same month last year and have declined every month in 2021 since record high prices in 2020.
  • Mutton was the second most consumed meat variant in the country, with the sales value of the segment observed to be expanding at a CAGR of 12.32% over 2017-2022. Although beef and chicken are consumed more often, lamb meat is a staple with advantages in price points, taste, and premium perception. The United Arab Emirates is a major importer of mutton, often sourcing it from countries like Australia, New Zealand, and India.
  • Beef is also a significant contributor to the market, which is majorly encouraged by the preference of residents as well as tourists toward using the meat in traditional Arabic culinary preparations as well as continental preparations like steak, roast beef, pot roast, and brisket. Though frozen and processed beef products are experiencing a growth in demand, fresh beef products are the most consumed beef form in the country, covering 53.84% of the market sales value as of 2022. The popularity of fresh beef is partly due to its availability at local supermarkets or butcher shops.
United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market

United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market Trends

Adoption of strategies to increase the commercialization of livestock will propel the production

  • The production of beef in the UAE showed growth at a rate of 2.94% from 2021 to 2022. The increase in supply can primarily be attributed to a growth in the number of slaughtered cattle and buffaloes for meat. In 2020, 74,638 cattle heads were slaughtered for beef production in the UAE, which increased by 2.94% in 2021 to 76,833 cattle heads. With the increase in local production, the country has decreased the imports of live cattle. In 2021, the import of live cattle had a trade value of USD 5.88 million, a decrease of -65.7% from USD 17.756 million in 2020.
  • Local beef producers are finding it increasingly difficult to compete with the import of premium beef varieties from other countries, which are 150% to 180% priced higher than normal quality. Consumers in the UAE are known for prioritizing quality over cost for many products. The food service sector in the UAE is willing to pay a higher price for these imports due to their much higher consumer demand.
  • Cattle farming in the UAE has struggled to scale over the years, mainly due to the scarcity of water resources, arable land, and high production costs. In 2021, the number of cattle in the UAE was 112,370. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is concentrating on formulating strategies for commercializing livestock in order to increase its contribution to the national economy and close the food deficit. This can be accomplished by developing and implementing integrated strategies for livestock protection and development, increasing biosecurity rates, developing and implementing disease and epidemic prevention and monitoring programs, and improving inspection and control mechanisms and standards on local farms and points of entry.
United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market

Market is observing a growing demand for premium beef owing to rising disposable incomes

  • The price of beef in the United Arab Emirates has increased at a rate of 0.96% than the previous year, reaching USD 3,762 per ton in 2022. Beef prices in the country primarily depend on the rise in consumption during specific times of the year (like festivals) and growing tourism in the country.
  • The increase in demand for more high-quality varieties of beef has also affected the price of beef in the United Arab Emirates. Premium beef types such as Australian A5 Wagyu, Japanese Wagyu, and Japanese-branded Kobe beef are very popular in the country. These types of beef are available only in premium restaurants due to their high price and supreme quality. In 2021, high-grade Japanese Wagyu beef cost as much as USD 441 per pound, or up to USD 300 for a steak cut. The rising demand for these prime beef varieties from Japan has drastically increased their import to the United Arab Emirates. In 2021, the United Arab Emirates' frozen beef imports from Japan increased by 126% compared to 2020.
  • For the last eight years, Australia's top 20 most lucrative beef export destinations have continuously included the United Arab Emirates. On the strength of increasing exports, the price of beef in Australia rose to USD 442/100 kg in October 2022, an increase of 5.3% week-over-week and 5.1% year-over-year (y-o-y). Due to the price-sensitive nature of the business, India and Brazil have historically dominated the UAE's beef import quantities. However, due to faster economic growth brought on by high urbanization, rising disposable incomes, and growing tourism, Western-style culinary services have expanded quickly in the last ten years. As a result, more premium beef grades and cuts are now in demand.
United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market

OTHER KEY INDUSTRY TRENDS COVERED IN THE REPORT

  • Mutton prices in the country depend on import prices and other economic factors
  • Initiatives to self-sufficiency and increasing demand owing to rising disposable income to boost the market
  • Higher production costs are impacting the market prices
  • Rising demand for local products will lead to growth in production

United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Industry Overview

The United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market is fragmented, with the top five companies occupying 17.07%. The major players in this market are Americana Group, BRF S.A., Siniora Food Industries Company, Tanmiah Food Company and The Savola Group (sorted alphabetically).

United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market Leaders

  1. Americana Group

  2. BRF S.A.

  3. Siniora Food Industries Company

  4. Tanmiah Food Company

  5. The Savola Group

United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market Concentration

Other important companies include Al Ain Farms, Albatha Group, IFFCO Group, JBS SA.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in alphabetical order.

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United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market News

  • May 2022: JBS has acquired two plants in the MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) region to produce prepared foods. They are located in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and produce value-added products. This expansion helps increase market penetration, strengthening distribution channels and client relationships.
  • February 2022: Seara introduced Shawaya chicken, an innovative product under the frozen category. The chicken preparation is tailored according to the local taste and flavor preference.
  • February 2022: Al Ain Farms has announced the launch of its 2270 sq. m. facility in Abu Dhabi. Al Ain Farms has increased its storage capacity for handling products, including chicken, to enhance its operational efficiency.

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United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & KEY FINDINGS

  2. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1. Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    2. 1.2. Scope of the Study​

    3. 1.3. Research Methodology

  3. 2. KEY INDUSTRY TRENDS

    1. 2.1. Price Trends

      1. 2.1.1. Beef

      2. 2.1.2. Mutton

      3. 2.1.3. Poultry

    2. 2.2. Production Trends

      1. 2.2.1. Beef

      2. 2.2.2. Mutton

      3. 2.2.3. Poultry

    3. 2.3. Regulatory Framework

      1. 2.3.1. United Arab Emirates

    4. 2.4. Value Chain & Distribution Channel Analysis

  4. 3. MARKET SEGMENTATION (includes market size in Value in USD, Forecasts up to 2029 and analysis of growth prospects)

    1. 3.1. Type

      1. 3.1.1. Beef

      2. 3.1.2. Mutton

      3. 3.1.3. Poultry

      4. 3.1.4. Other Meat

    2. 3.2. Form

      1. 3.2.1. Canned

      2. 3.2.2. Fresh / Chilled

      3. 3.2.3. Frozen

      4. 3.2.4. Processed

    3. 3.3. Distribution Channel

      1. 3.3.1. Off-Trade

        1. 3.3.1.1. Convenience Stores

        2. 3.3.1.2. Online Channel

        3. 3.3.1.3. Supermarkets and Hypermarkets

        4. 3.3.1.4. Others

      2. 3.3.2. On-Trade

  5. 4. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 4.1. Key Strategic Moves

    2. 4.2. Market Share Analysis

    3. 4.3. Company Landscape

    4. 4.4. Company Profiles (includes Global level Overview, Market level overview, Core Business Segments, Financials, Headcount, Key Information, Market Rank, Market Share, Products and Services, and analysis of Recent Developments)

      1. 4.4.1. Al Ain Farms

      2. 4.4.2. Albatha Group

      3. 4.4.3. Americana Group

      4. 4.4.4. BRF S.A.

      5. 4.4.5. IFFCO Group

      6. 4.4.6. JBS SA

      7. 4.4.7. Siniora Food Industries Company

      8. 4.4.8. Tanmiah Food Company

      9. 4.4.9. The Savola Group

  6. 5. KEY STRATEGIC QUESTIONS FOR MEAT INDUSTRY CEOS

  7. 6. APPENDIX

    1. 6.1. Global Overview

      1. 6.1.1. Overview

      2. 6.1.2. Porter’s Five Forces Framework

      3. 6.1.3. Global Value Chain Analysis

      4. 6.1.4. Market Dynamics (DROs)

    2. 6.2. Sources & References

    3. 6.3. List of Tables & Figures

    4. 6.4. Primary Insights

    5. 6.5. Data Pack

    6. 6.6. Glossary of Terms

List of Tables & Figures

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  2. BEEF PRICE PER METRIC TON, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2023
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  2. MUTTON PRICE PER METRIC TON, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2023
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  2. POULTRY PRICE PER METRIC TON, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2023
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  2. BEEF PRODUCTION, METRIC TON, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. MUTTON PRODUCTION, METRIC TON, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. POULTRY PRODUCTION, METRIC TON, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET BY TYPE, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET BY TYPE, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VOLUME SHARE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY TYPE, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY TYPE, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF BEEF MARKET, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF BEEF MARKET, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF BEEF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY FORM, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF MUTTON MARKET, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF MUTTON MARKET, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF MUTTON EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY FORM, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF POULTRY MARKET, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF POULTRY MARKET, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF POULTRY EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY FORM, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF OTHER MEAT MARKET, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF OTHER MEAT MARKET, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF OTHER MEAT EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY FORM, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET BY FORM, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET BY FORM, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VOLUME SHARE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY FORM, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY FORM, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF CANNED EDIBLE MEAT MARKET, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF CANNED EDIBLE MEAT MARKET, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF CANNED EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY TYPE, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF FRESH / CHILLED EDIBLE MEAT MARKET, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF FRESH / CHILLED EDIBLE MEAT MARKET, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF FRESH / CHILLED EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY TYPE, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF FROZEN EDIBLE MEAT MARKET, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF FROZEN EDIBLE MEAT MARKET, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF FROZEN EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY TYPE, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF PROCESSED EDIBLE MEAT MARKET, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF PROCESSED EDIBLE MEAT MARKET, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF PROCESSED EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY TYPE, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VOLUME SHARE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SPLIT BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA OFF-TRADE, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA OFF-TRADE, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA OFF-TRADE CHANNELS, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VALUE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA OFF-TRADE CHANNELS, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA CONVENIENCE STORES, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA CONVENIENCE STORES, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA CONVENIENCE STORES SPLIT BY TYPE, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA ONLINE CHANNEL, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA ONLINE CHANNEL, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA ONLINE CHANNEL SPLIT BY TYPE, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA SUPERMARKETS AND HYPERMARKETS, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA SUPERMARKETS AND HYPERMARKETS, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA SUPERMARKETS AND HYPERMARKETS SPLIT BY TYPE, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA OTHERS, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA OTHERS, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA OTHERS SPLIT BY TYPE, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA ON-TRADE, METRIC TONS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF EDIBLE MEAT MARKET SOLD VIA ON-TRADE, USD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017 - 2029
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  2. MOST ACTIVE COMPANIES BY NUMBER OF STRATEGIC MOVES, COUNT, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2020 - 2023
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  2. MOST ADOPTED STRATEGIES, COUNT, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2020 - 2023
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF MAJOR PLAYERS, %, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2022

United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Industry Segmentation

Beef, Mutton, Poultry are covered as segments by Type. Canned, Fresh / Chilled, Frozen, Processed are covered as segments by Form. Off-Trade, On-Trade are covered as segments by Distribution Channel.

  • Poultry was the most consumed edible meat variant due to its continued consumption during the study period. Poultry is a source of high-quality lean proteins; therefore, poultry meat is the preferred type of red meat; however, it is anticipated to cause several health complications. As the public sees a significant transition from imported frozen to fresh choices, particularly in the variety of portions and fillets, local production is anticipated to increase to meet their growing needs. In the UAE, poultry continues to be a relatively affordable source of animal protein despite growing food prices globally. Prices for poultry were 0.5% lower in July 2021 compared to the same month last year and have declined every month in 2021 since record high prices in 2020.
  • Mutton was the second most consumed meat variant in the country, with the sales value of the segment observed to be expanding at a CAGR of 12.32% over 2017-2022. Although beef and chicken are consumed more often, lamb meat is a staple with advantages in price points, taste, and premium perception. The United Arab Emirates is a major importer of mutton, often sourcing it from countries like Australia, New Zealand, and India.
  • Beef is also a significant contributor to the market, which is majorly encouraged by the preference of residents as well as tourists toward using the meat in traditional Arabic culinary preparations as well as continental preparations like steak, roast beef, pot roast, and brisket. Though frozen and processed beef products are experiencing a growth in demand, fresh beef products are the most consumed beef form in the country, covering 53.84% of the market sales value as of 2022. The popularity of fresh beef is partly due to its availability at local supermarkets or butcher shops.
Type
Beef
Mutton
Poultry
Other Meat
Form
Canned
Fresh / Chilled
Frozen
Processed
Distribution Channel
Off-Trade
Convenience Stores
Online Channel
Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
Others
On-Trade
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Market Definition

  • Meat - Meat is defined as the flesh or other edible parts of an animal used for food. The end use of the meat industry consists of only human consumption. Meat is generally purchased from retail outlets for home cooking and consumption. For the market studied, only uncooked meat has been considered. This could be processed in various forms, which have been covered under the “Processed” form. The other purchases of meat happen through the consumption of meat at foodservice outlets (restaurants, hotels, catering, etc.). ​
  • Other Meats - The other meat segment includes the meat of camel, horse, rabbit, etc. These are not so commonly consumed meat types but still, have a presence in distinct parts of the world. Regardless of it being part of red meat, we have considered these meat types separately for a better understanding of the market. ​
  • Poultry Meat - Poultry meat also called white meat, comes from birds raised commercially or domestically for human consumption. This includes chicken, turkey, ducks, and geese.​
  • Red Meat - Red meat typically has a red color when raw and a dark color when cooked. It includes any meat that comes from mammals, such as beef, lamb, pork, goat, veal, and mutton.​
Keyword Definition
A5 It is a Japanese grading system for beef. The 'A' means the carcass yield is the highest possible and the numeric rating relates to beef marbling, color and brightness of the flesh, its texture and color, luster, and fat quality. A5 is the highest mark wagyu beef can score.
Abbatoir It is another name for a slaughterhouse and refers to the premise used for or in connection with the slaughter of animals whose meat is intended for human consumption.
Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND) It is a disease that affects shrimp and is characterized by high mortalities, in many cases reaching 100% within 30-35 days of stocking grow-out ponds.
African Swine Fever (ASF) It is a highly contagious viral disease of pigs caused by a double-stranded DNA virus in the Asfarviridae family.
Albacore Tuna It is one of the smallest species of tuna found in the six distinct stocks known globally in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea.
Angus beef It is beef derived from a specific breed of cattle indigenous to Scotland. It requires certification from the American Angus Association to receive the "Certified Angus Beef" quality mark
Bacon It is salted or smoked meat that comes from the back or sides of a pig
Black Angus It is beef derived from a black-hided breed of cows that don't have horns.
Bologna It is an Italian smoked sausage made of meat, typically large and made from pork, beef or veal.
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) It is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that results from infection by an unusual transmissible agent called a prion.
Bratwurst It refers to a type of German sausage made from pork, beef or veal.
BRC British Retail Consortium
Brisket It is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. The beef brisket is one of the nine beef primal cuts.
Broiler It refers to any chicken (Gallus domesticus) that is bred and raised specifically for meat production.
Bushel It is a unit of measurement for grains and pulses. 1 bushel = 27.216 kg
Carcass It refers to the dressed body of a meat animal from which butchers trim the meat
CFIA Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Chicken Tender It refers to chicken meat prepared from the pectoralis minor muscles of a chicken bird.
Chuck Steak It refers to a cut of beef that is part of the chuck primal, which is a large section of meat from the shoulder area of a cow
Corned Beef It refers to beef brisket cured in brine and boiled, typically served cold.
CWT Also known as a hundredweight, it is a unit of measurement used to define the quantity of meat. 1 CWT = 50.80 kg
Drumstick It refers to a chicken leg without the thigh.
EFSA European Food Safety Authority
ERS Economic Research Service of the USDA
Ewe It is an adult female sheep.
FDA Food and Drug Administration
Fillet Mignon It is a cut of meat taken from the smaller end of the tenderloin.
Flank Steak It is a cut of beef steak taken from the flank, which lies forward of the rear quarter of a cow.
Foodservice It refers to the part of the food industry which includes businesses, institutions, and companies which prepare meals outside the home. It includes restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias, catering operations, and many other formats.
Forage It refers to animal feed.
Foreshank It is the upper part of the foreleg of cattle
Franks Also known as frankfurter or Würstchen, it is a type of highly seasoned smoked sausage popular in Austria and Germany.
FSANZ Food Standards Australia New Zealand
FSIS Food Safety and Inspection Service
FSSAI Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
Gizzard It refers to an organ found in the digestive tract of birds. It is also called the mechanical stomach of a bird.
Gluten It is a family of proteins found in grains, including wheat, rye, spelt, and barley
Grain-fed beef It is beef derived from cattle that have been fed a diet supplemented with soy and corn and other additives. Grainfed cows can also be given antibiotics and growth hormones to fatten them up more quickly.
Grass-fed beef It is beef derived from cattle that have only been fed grass as feed.
Ham It refers to the pork meat taken from the leg of a pig.
HoReCa Hotels, Restaurants and Cafes
Jerky It is lean trimmed meat that has been cut into strips and dried (dehydrated) to prevent spoilage.
Kobe Beef It is Wagyu beef specifically from the Kuroge Washu breed of cows in Japan. To be classified as Kobe beef, the cow must have been born, raised, and slaughtered within the Hyōgo prefecture in the city of Kobe in Japan.
Liverwurst It is type of German sausage made from beef or pork liver.
Loin It refers to the sides between the lower ribs and pelvis, and the lower part of the back of a cow.
Mortadella It is a large Italian sausage or luncheon meat made of finely hashed or ground heat-cured pork, which incorporates at least 15% small cubes of pork fat.
Pastrami It refers to a highly seasoned smoked beef, typically served in thin slices.
Pepperoni It is an American variety of spicy salami made from cured meat.
Plate It refers to a forequarter cut from the belly of a cow, just below the rib cut.
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) It is a disease occurring in swine causing late-term reproductive failure and severe pneumonia in neonatal pigs.
Primal cuts It refers to the major sections of the carcass.
Quorn It is a meat substitute product prepared using mycoprotein as an ingredient, in which the fungus culture is dried and mixed with egg albumen or potato protein, which acts as a binder, and then is adjusted in texture and pressed into various forms.
Ready-to-Cook (RTC) It refers to food products that include all of the ingredients, where some preparation or cooking is required through a process that is given on the package.
Ready-to-Eat (RTE) It refers to a food product prepared or cooked in advance, with no further cooking or preparation required before being eaten
Retort Packaging It is a process of aseptic packaging food in which food is filled into a pouch or metal can, sealed, and then heated to extremely high temperatures, rendering the product commercially sterile.
Round Steak It refers to a beef steak from the the rear leg of the cow.
Rump Steak It refers to a cut of beef derived from the division between the leg and the chine.
Salami It is a cured sausage consisting of fermented and air-dried meat.
Saturated fat It is a type of fat in which the fatty acid chains have all single bonds. It is generally considered unhealthy.
Sausage It is a meat product made of finely chopped and seasoned meat, which may be fresh, smoked, or pickled and which is then usually stuffed into a casing.
Scallop It is an edible shellfish that is a mollusk with a ribbed shell in two parts.
Seitan It is a plant-based meat substitute made out of wheat gluten.
Self-service kios It refers to a self-order point-of-sale (POS) system through which customers place and pay for their own orders at kiosks, enabling totally contactless and frictionless service.
Sirloin It is a cut of beef from the bottom and side parts of a cow's back.
Surimi It is a paste made from deboned fish
Tenderloin It refers to a cut of beef consisting of the entire tenderloin muscle of a cow
Tiger Shrimp It refers to a large shrimp variety from the Indian and Pacific oceans
Trans fat Also called trans-unsaturated fatty acids or trans fatty acids, it is a type of unsaturated fat that naturally occurs in small amounts in meat.
Vannamei shrimp It refers to tropical prawns and shrimp that are farmed in areas near the equator, generally along the coast in artificial ponds.
Wagyu Bee It is beef derived from any of four strains of a breed of black or red Japanese cattle that are valued for their highly marbled meat.
Zoosanitary It refers to the cleanliness of animals or animal product
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United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market Research FAQs

The United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market size is expected to reach USD 2.00 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 1.68% to reach USD 2.17 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market size is expected to reach USD 2.00 billion.

Americana Group, BRF S.A., Siniora Food Industries Company, Tanmiah Food Company and The Savola Group are the major companies operating in the United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market.

In the United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market, the Poultry segment accounts for the largest share by type.

In 2024, the Mutton segment accounts for the fastest growing by type in the United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market.

In 2023, the United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market size was estimated at 2.00 billion. The report covers the United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market historical market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029. The report also forecasts the United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market size for years: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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United Arab Emirates Edible Meat Market SIZE & SHARE ANALYSIS - GROWTH TRENDS & FORECASTS UP TO 2029