Although almost 90% of food in the United Arab Emirates is imported, grocery stores and supermarkets were mostly completely stocked during the pandemic. Few factors are responsible for this success, with food security led by innovation being the most important one. Integrated logistics and streamlined supply chain are critical in ensuring uninterrupted access to food source. These strategic initiatives stem from concerted effort to create economy based on innovation and knowledge. As a result, Dubai is a regional leader in early adoption of new technology in food production, overcoming scarcity of water and soil. Non-conventional methods and implementation of artificial intelligence are now common sights in the UAE’s food supply system.

Key Takeaways:

  • Technological advances have allowed the rise of non-traditional food production such as hydroponics and aquaponics. This comes as a demand for local and sustainable has increased.
  • In 2018, the UAE were ranked 31 on the index. Now we are considered joint-21 with Japan.
  • The rise in technology advancements such as artificial intelligence has shown a profound impact on food production all around the world.

“Food systems are ripe for disruption, and Dubai is leading the way regionally regarding the adoption of technology-enabled food production.”

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