published Date SEP 2018

The production of vegetables is estimated to reach 400,035 metric ton by 2023, at a CAGR of 6.5%.

The Fruit & Vegetable in UAE report published by Mordor Intelligence, offers detailed analysis of the market structure, along with forecast of the various segments and sub-segments of the market. The production of vegetables segment was 274,157 metric ton in 2017 and it is estimated to reach 400,035 metric ton by 2023, registering a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period.

In March 2018, the UAE had adopted a high-impact agri-solution and opened up its first commercial vertical farm in Dubai, featuring the latest hydroponic technology and agricultural techniques, which is expected to eventually increase the production of fruits and vegetables and minimize its imports.

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The report provides a detailed analysis of fruits and vegetables in UAE, which is broadly segmented into fruits and vegetables. These are sub-segmented into the onion, potato, tomato, garlic, cauliflower, beans, eggplant, lemon, apple, banana, grapefruit, grapes, strawberry, watermelon, dates, and olives. The market size, consumption volume, production volume, along with import & export value and volume, are also included in the report. A regional analysis has also been carried out, which includes PESTLE analysis, basic supply chain structure of the sector, and the current and upcoming government R&D program for all the key crops. To analyze the competitiveness, Porter’s five forces framework has also been incorporated in the report.

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Among all the major vegetables in UAE, garlic is the fastest-growing, during the forecast period, 2018-2023. Domestic production of fruits is completely dominated by dates. Dates account for close to 98% of the fruits in UAE. Watermelon is the second largest fruit produced domestically in UAE, with a production volume of 15615.06 tons in 2016.

Market Dynamics

The factors which drive the growth of the fruit & vegetable market are government encouragement for wheat farmers to shift to the production of fruits and vegetables, increasing population, and increasing consumer awareness on health and dietary risk factors. The climatic conditions (which are mostly hot and dry), result in lower productivity and difficult farming conditions for fruits & vegetables. This along with increasing water scarcity are among the factors which restrain the growth of the fruits and vegetable market in UAE. Increasing demand for organic food is the biggest opportunity for the growth of the fruits and vegetable market in UAE. The population of UAE is increasing at a rapid pace and is expected to reach 10.0 million by 2018. The fast-growing population of a country importing around 80% of its food, exemplifies a sizeable opportunity for the exporters.

According to Mordor Intelligence research and analysis, Nassar Al Refaee Fruits & Vegetables Trading Company, Mehtab Vegetables & Fruits Company, Kibsons International, Al-Fatha Fruits and Vegetables trading, Barakat Vegetables & Fruits Co. (LLC),  Floral Fruit LLC, Gulf Fruits Company (LLC), and Fruits Garden Trading (LLC) are the major players in the UAE fruit & vegetable market.

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