DMCC plans partnership with Brazilian coffee companies for joint development in Dubai
February 11 - 2022
Coffee Geography Magazine
According to the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), a free trade zone in UAE is interested in working with Brazil-based coffee companies to arrange coffee processing operations, including coffee roasting and packaging out of the Emirates. The interested parties from Brazilwould supply the green coffee to be processed in Dubai after signing a complete partnership agreement with DMCC. The emirate is one of the world's largest goods redistribution centers, with several free zones that specialize in different economic segments situated in a strategic location serving the greater Islamic countries as well as the Far East. According to Rafael Solimeo, head of the ABCC office in Dubai, the goal is taking advantage of the presence of Brazilian coffee exporters at the food and beverage show Gulfood, which will be held in the emirate from February 13 to 17, to present the project and discuss eventual partnerships.
Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DMCC
“DMCC has a coffee center that could be used to process green coffee, and in Gulfood we will suggest bringing coffee here, processing it [at DMCC], adding cardamom [used in Arabic coffee] and selling it to Saudi Arabia, Oman, or Bahrain,” he says. Last November, DMCC chairman Ahmed Sultan Bin Sulayem was in Brazil to present the newly opened cacao center of DMCC to cacao processing plants — including Cacau Show – and farms. In an interview with Terraviva TV channel, he explained that the free zone's processing plants offer industrialization processes that could be used by companies interested in setting up there.“It's an important benefit for startups and companies that are new to the UAE, as they don't need to buy equipment, just use our services, thus saving time and money,” Sulayem said. The free zone opened on 2022 aimed at attracting food commodities from across the globe and exported them, both processed and raw from Dubai to other countries. In addition to the cacao and coffee centers, it also features a tea processing center.