Dubai Municipality is getting tremendous response from companies to participate in the UAE Food Bank, which is being showcased by the Municipality in Gulfood 2017, the 22nd edition of the world’s largest food and hospitality show, which just got underway on Sunday at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Dubai Municipality’s Food Safety Department has a larger participation in this year’s event, which is being attended by F&B professionals and representatives of food industry from all corners of the globe, including 400 UAE-based companies. Visitors were given explanations and clarifications regarding the rules and regulations to participate in the UAE Food Bank.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, who inaugurated the exhibition, visited Dubai Municipality stall. Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, Khalid Mohammed Sharif, Assistant Director General for Environment, Health and Safety Sector and other senior officials of the Municipality received him.
Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on the Municipality’s initiatives in food safety, especially about its intensive efforts regarding the UAE Food Bank, an initiative launched recently as part of the Year of Giving initiative as the UAE Food Bank.
Lootah said that the launch of the UAE Food Bank, which would fall under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation, draws special significance as an initiative that has local and regional dimensions, and human, social, economic and cultural values.
He said the UAE Food Bank will form as an integrated humanitarian system to establish the value of offering food, and will involve the hotel sector, food factories, farms, hospitality establishments, big supermarkets, and volunteers.
“It seeks to realize the objectives of the Year of Giving towards establishing a culture of giving, social responsibility and volunteer work, in addition to achieving the international sustainability criteria, as well as establishing the values of commitment and community responsibility, individually and institutionally,” said Lootah.
“The Bank aims to cultivate a culture of goodness and giving in the community through the involvement of all segments of the society in its programmes, campaigns and initiatives, as well as to promote volunteer work by encouraging people to get involved in the bank's programmes, in terms of collecting surplus food from stakeholders, and distributing it to the needy and those who deserve,” he said.
“All stakeholders in the hospitality sector in the country will provide with the “capital” for the main Food Bank. They will enrich the bank balance by supplying the surplus foods, which will enhance the efficiency of the bank and will expand the circle of its activity,” said Lootah.
He said the cooperation of these establishments with the UAE Food Bank initiative will increase the size of the categories of beneficiaries within and outside the country, and will help them develop their own initiatives within the framework of their social responsibility to contribute towards realizing the Bank's vision in terms of achieving Zero Food Waste.
The Food Safety Department has allocated part of its stand in the Gulfood exhibition for the registration of food products for the companies participating in the exhibition. Companies will be able to directly register any products through the exhibition without having to login to the Municipality website or going to the Municipality’s Al Kifaf Centre. There are many new companies offering their products for the first time in Dubai.
The Food Safety Department will also be launching its new food inspection system during Gulfood 2017. In addition to that visitors will be able to know more about the food import and export procedures of Dubai Municipality as well as about the food permits and the Applied Nutrition Section’s new guidelines for School Nutrition regulations.