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France, the World’s N° 1 supplier of Beauty Care Products & Perfumes, to lead Beauty World Middle East 2018

Rejula ARUN - 22-avr.-2018 09:50:25
• 82 French companies over 945 square meters • New at the French pavilion: come and visit the French buzz zone United Arab Emirates: April, 2018: Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy is building a large scale French Pavillion at BeautyWorld Middle East 2018, taking place from the 8th to the 10th of May at Dubai World Trade Centre. French companies attending will display and demonstrate their latest product ranges, each of which addresses different consumer needs. The French Buzz zone in Hall 2 will be the showcase for quality and innovation with 5 French companies brought by Cosmed, the 1st network representing SMEs in the French cosmetics industry, with nearly 800 members. The French fragrances zone will be located in Hall 4 and will host 13 companies including suppliers of essences and essential oils as well as private labels for fragrance compositions. The French pavilion spanning 945 m2 in Hall 2 will bring together the largest number of companies, to showcase Made In France products. French companies are key suppliers to the cosmetics industry and leading beauty brands across the world. The sophistication of their know-how, innovation and high-technology care products are ecological, organic and remarkable in their diversity. The Made in France label has won over the world, with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in the lead. Exports to the Middle East have increased by 13.1% in 2017. While the industry continuously expands featuring major international names such as L’Oréal, LVMH and Chanel, 81% of its entities are VSEs (very small enterprises)  and SMEs. The potential for innovation has grown unstoppably over the past 15 years; employing more than 170,000 men and women with hiring at a high momentum. France has once again established itself as the international market leader with €25 billion in sales, positioning it as the country’s third-largest exporting sector. With a 25% share of the world-wide market and a commercial surplus of €7.6 billion, French cosmetics exports reached €13.6 billion in products in 2017, growing by 12% in comparison to 2016. This year, French gastronomy will also be celebrated at the French pavilion with a French Crepe event throughout the show’s three days.  The French Pavilion at Beauty World Middle East is supported by Air France and the regional partners such as Bretagne Commerce International, Cosmed, Cosmetic Valley and Dev’up. Note to Editors : French exhibitors catalogue available here : https://bit.ly/2qdE3S5 ABOUT BUSINESS FRANCE: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Contact: Yasmina OUARI Press officer Tel: +971 (0)52 995 2997 Yasmina.ouari@businessfrance.fr Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast #FrenchBuzz #InfoBF #FrenchPavilion #CreativeFrance  

Foreign companies back France more strongly than ever

Rejula ARUN - 08-avr.-2018 13:24:53
• 300 companies from Middle Eastern countries recorded in 2017 employing + 24,000 people United Arab Emirates, April 8, 2018 . “The 2017 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France – The international development of the French economy” just released, provides confirmation of the renewed confidence global foreign investors have in France as a business location. The figures were revealed at a press conference held at the headquarters of Cisco in Paris region, by Bruno Le Maire, French Minister for the Economy and Finance, and Christophe Lecourtier, CEO of Business France. A total of 1,298 investment decisions in 2017 (up 16% year-on-year) created or maintained 33,489 jobs (compared with 1,117 decisions and 30,108 jobs in 2016). More than 400 new companies decided to expand their business by investing in France, making up 32% of all investment projects recorded. Investment decisions from the Middle East came mainly from Egypt (37%) and the UAE (37%) which is the first country form the GCC. DP World subsidiary P&O Ports announced a €30 million investment in partnership with the commercial port of Sete, in southern for the creation of a container terminal, generating 30 jobs. Other plans currently being considered for the port of Sète include running a fruit terminal and expanding the marina in partnership with a leading name in the sector. “The growing numbers of investment decisions in France, and the jobs they generate, highlight the renewed confidence that decision-makers now have in a country on the move. France’s business image is improving markedly: according to a survey conducted by Kantar Public on behalf of Business France, 84% of foreign investors now consider the French economy to be attractive, up 10 percentage points from 2016,” stated Christophe Lecourtier, CEO of Business France. 2017 recorded around 300 companies from Middle Eastern countries operating in France, where they employ more than 24,000 people, including 49 companies listed in the Global Forbes 2000. Middle Eastern Investments were made in a total of seven sectors including agri-food, logistics, hospitality while they were mostly located in Lyon, Provence and Paris region. “Innovation and manufacturing stand out in these results, in addition to France’s established structural advantages. In recent months, a new image of the country has emerged, attracting foreign investors here to pursue their projects in Europe. Everyone at Business France works day in day out to convince these investors that France is an attractive destination,” added Lecourtier. Note to Editors: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 64 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr Middle East investments in Europe: In 2017, Spain was the largest European recipient of job-creating investment from Middle East countries, attracting 21% of their projects in Europe, followed by the United Kingdom (18%), France (11%). Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal (all 11%). Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast #ChooseFrance #SayOuiToFrance #FranceAttractiveness #FrenchTech #InfoBF #CreativeFrance #FrenchPavilion   For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr

Business France debuts inaugural FRANCE PAVILLION at OGWA 2018

Rejula ARUN - 08-mars-2018 06:59:30
Leading French oil & gas companies to exhibit the latest sector innovations from March 26th to the 28th in Muscat, Oman on Stand 4410   United Arab Emirates- March 8, 2018:  Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, is launching the first French pavillion at OGWA 2018, the oil and gas sector’s largest event in the Sultanate of Oman. A renowned list of leading French oil and gas companies will be represented in the pavilion extending the latest knowledge, technologies and business opportunities to the attendees. The expertise, technological skills and innovation capacity of France’s firms continue to reinforce the international reputation when it comes to supporting the oil and gas industry, placing the country high in rankings of European exporters and a desired partner for regional initiatives. In France, the oil and gas sector is fueled by excellence with one or two global leaders in most segments. Major players such as TOTAL which operates alongside numerous suppliers of equipment and services to the industry, will be one of the main exhibitors. Many other global giants such as CGG, and TECHNIP will also be present. Generating 27% of the country’s GDP, but contributing 70% of its budget revenue, the hydrocarbon sector remains a key driver of Oman’s economy, in spite of an active policy of diversification. Despite the oil crisis, the government has maintained its ambitious investment and production targets (which it intends to attain through the use of the latest oil production technologies), with the country exceeding the one million barrels per day threshold for the first time in its history in 2016. Now more than ever, the Sultanate of Oman is seeking to expand its activities both upstream and downstream, and to also develop its expertise in the two sectors. These are compelling reasons for French specialists to be present at OGWA, to learn about the country’s potential and identify prospective partners and end customers. The French companies in attendance at OGWA are fully aware of the challenges posed by this high-potential market and are eager to present products and solutions that will undoubtedly meet the requirements of local operators: Conduit repair systems (water, gas, oil and electricity), water treatment equipment, catalysts, adsorbents and services for the O&G industry, superior-quality lifting, stowage and mooring accessories, etc. With 300 exhibitors confirmed aimed at receiving 11,000 visitors, OGWA is the ideal springboard for French companies keen to tap into the potential of the regional market. Exhibitors at the French pavilion: AMETHYSTE: Decision-support software for industrial environmental risk management. www.amethyste.fr DRILLSCAN ENERGY: Engineering and services for hydrocarbons. www.drillscan.com PARIFEX: Engineering for the O&G sector. www.parifex.com PCM MUSCAT LLC: Manufacturer of industrial pumps for oil and gas. www.pcm.eu.fr PONTICELLI FRERES: Rigging/lifting, industrial piping, metal fabrication, mechanical engineering and machining. www.ponticelli.com Note to editors: ABOUT BUSINESS FRANCE: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast  #InfoBF #FrenchPavilion #CreativeFrance For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr     

ITC & SOFRECOM Signs a Partnership Agreement

Rejula ARUN - 05-mars-2018 06:32:32
Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), the leading Information and Communications Technology Company in Saudi Arabia and Sofrecom, an Orange Group subsidiary, signed an agreement to lead the Outside Plant (OSP) implementation and management in all regions of Saudi Arabia for the next 3.5 years and to provide planning, design and supervision expertise and knowledge transfer to ITC employees. Signing this agreement comes as a step toward ITC’s commitment to the agreed plan with Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) for rolling-out high-speed fiber optic broadband internet in Saudi Arabia. ITC is initiating site supervision for the development of the OSP infrastructure project that is in-line with the Saudi Vision 2030. Indeed, the National Transformation Plan 2020 aspires to spread the FTTH in 90% of the dense and urban areas by the year 2020. For that, ITC has announced a major expansion plan for its FTTH broadband network in various cities. The company is interested to acquire the services for site supervisions and project management for OSP implementation. Leveraging its deep expertise in broadband internet technology, Sofrecom, part of the Orange Group, will partner to help ITC in the Planning & Design of the new FTTx network as well to supervise the implementation supervision covering 640,000 Households. This Project will enable ITC to provide triple play services such as voice, high speed Internet and multimedia over IP, including high definition TV, video on demand and home entertainment via a Fiber to the User (FTTU) architecture. Ghassan Itani, ITC CEO, said: “This will help us empower the digital Saudi generation under Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020. ITC will continue its journey to develop the infrastructure in Fiber Broadband to urban and dense area across the kingdom.” “We aim to offer the best of our expertise to build a more connected world.” notes G Boudin, Group Sofrecom’s CEO. “Very High Broadband is key to support new digital services. This new agreement between ITC and Sofrecom demonstrates once again our reference position on VHB, and fulfills our aspiration to support the Digital Transformation of our customers.” About ITC Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) is a leading Saudi based telecom provider and one of today’s fastest-growing telecom companies offering next-generation solutions for broadband, connectivity, cloud computing, managed services, satellite services and internet services for businesses, wholesale and consumers segments. ITC works with a number of IT specialized partners to provide communication solutions which rank it at the forefront of the Information and Communications Technology Service (ICT) providers in Saudi Arabia that enhances its capability to provide the best services in the Kingdom. For more information about ITC products and services, please visit ITC website at www.itc.sa, also you may follow us on twitter @itcsaudiarabia and LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/integrated-telecom-company-itc-/  About Sofrecom Sofrecom, an Orange Group subsidiary, serves telecoms operators worldwide, drawing on its unrivaled expertise in prospective studies, business consulting, networks and IT. Sofrecom contributes to the development and to the transformation projects of its clients: operators, governments and regulators. This is done by bringing them operational solutions and the experience of the Orange Group. Thanks to the unique know-how of our 1750 consultants and experts, its customers benefit from a fine knowledge of the actual market and telecommunications stakes. Sofrecom has developed over almost 50 years its unique ingenuity   in the operator businesses. As a result, it is now a world leader in information and communication technologies (ICT) as well as business consulting for the telecoms industry. Its experience of mature and emerging markets combined with its deep understanding of the structuring changes which affects the telecoms market, make it a valued partner for operators, governments and international investors. For more information on internet or on your mobile: www.sofrecom.com/en, follow us on twitter: @sofrecom, on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/Sofrecom    

In 2018, the French Tech pavilion powered by Business France will be present in force at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Rejula ARUN - 26-févr.-2018 08:49:52
United Arab Emirates- February 26, 2018 :  For the 12th consecutive year, from 26 February to 1st March 2018, Business France, the agency responsible for supporting the international development of the French economy, will be organizing the French Tech pavilion at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the unmissable global mobile, services and content event. Over 100 innovative SMEs and start-ups will be exhibiting at this French Tech pavilion. The French Tech pavilion will enable a number of partner regions such as Brittany, Ile-de-France, Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’azur as well as the Ile-de-France competitiveness clusters “Systematic Paris Region” and provençal “Secure Communications Solutions” clusters to exhibit there. The French Tech pavilion will be the largest national pavilion at the show, with an exhibition space of more than 615 sq m. It will be spread over 4 islands in Hall 5 (5B21 / 5B41 / 5B61 / 5B71) and 2 islands in Hall 8.1 (8.1D41 / 8.1E49) “APP PLANET”. The companies hosted at the French Tech pavilion belong to a range of Telecomms sectors - mobile applications, infrastructures, mobile advertising and mobile marketing, mobile games and accessories, engineering services and financial services. The companies supported by Business France will, moreover, have the opportunity to meet operators and players from the following countries:- Germany, Saudi Arabia, Benelux, Brazil, China, South Korea, Côte d’Ivoire, United Arab Emirates, Spain, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, United Kingdom, Russia, Singapore, Tunisia and Vietnam. These BtoB events between French exhibitor companies and major foreign groups such as ZTE, Huawei, Bharti Airtel, Samsung, Telefonica or Etisalat are made possible thanks to the involvement of the Tech experts based in the above-mentioned offices of Business France. A celebrity from the digital world will visit the Mobile World Congress in order, in particular, to support the excellence of French innovation at the French Tech pavilion. A wide range of innovations will be presented at the show, including:- ART-FI - an innovative French company that designs and markets SAR measurement solutions (Specific Absorption Rate). ART-MAN, its flagship product, is used to test wireless electronic devices with antennae in just a few seconds and to determine the level of exposure of users to electromagnetic waves. ART-Fi also makes its expertise in the area of electromagnetism, metrology and certification available to its customers in order to help them reduce their development and production costs whilst at the same time remaining at the forefront of technological and regulatory advances. Manufacturers of mobile phones and radiating equipment, telecommunications agencies and operators, plus test laboratories, make up ART-Fi’s customer base. PLUSSH, offers B2B solutions for live stream video broadcasting from a smartphone and WiFi or 3G/4G network. French market leader, with major customers such as the Société Générale, Crédit Agricole, La Poste, Carrefour or Orange, Plussh develops customized live HD video applications for companies. Internal communications, commercial coordination, assisted maintenance, broadcast, whatever your requirements, Plussh has the appropriate, secure and private solution, to improve information transmission, involve teams, bring employees together and facilitate digital transformation. Winner of the Business France Awards @MWC 2016 for the most promising start-up of the year, Plussh was also awarded the first French IOT prize of the La Poste group, the Video Online Paris 2016 trophy and, after having raised funds of over 1 million euros in May 2017, Plussh is continuing to invest in the French national market and intends to grow significantly in the Middle East in 2018. LEDGER Founded in 2014, Ledger is a leader in security and infrastructure solutions for cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications. Headquartered in Paris, and San Francisco, Ledger has a team of 82 professionals developing a variety of products and services to safeguard cryptocurrency assets for individuals and companies – including the Ledger hardware wallets line already sold in 165 countries. The company has raised 75 M $ in January 2018. REACH FIVE offers a Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) solution that allows companies to enrich, unify and manage customer identities. Via state of the art authentication, ReachFive guarantees the accuracy of any information collected and the reliability of the identities whilst at the same time centralizing user approval. The solution offers companies the profile analysis tools needed for omnichannel and cross-device customer knowledge in order to activate the potential of data in implementing customized marketing strategies. Major brands such as Boulanger, Etam, Allianz, West-France, Intersport, SFR, Engie have placed their trust in ReachFive... In 2017, ReachFive raised 2 million euros from major industrial groups and investment funds and won the "Start-up of the Year" Award from the Institut du Commerce Connecté (ICC) BIGGERPAN is developing the leading mobile predictive artificial intelligence engine, that anticipates the needs of smartphone users so that they don’t need to search. Whatever the current application on your mobile, the predictive engine offers you direct access to the most relevant actions and contents for you at each moment of the day. For example, if you read an article about a film, Biggerpan’s AI instantly offers you the possibility of watching the trailer, reading a review, or buying a ticket at the nearest cinema. After the launch of its Ulli smart web browser, which includes this technology and which was nominated as Mobile Application of the Year 2016 by Product Hunt, the company has launched pilots with mobile phone manufacturers in order to integrate its predictive engine into the next generations of smartphones . The complete list of French exhibitors at the French Tech pavilion is available from the following website: http://mwc.businessfrance.fr/ About Business France Business France is the French agency responsible for supporting the international development of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes the economic image and attractiveness of France, its companies and regions. It runs and develops the V.I.E. international internship program. Created on 1 January 2015, Business France came about following a merger between UBIFRANCE and AFII (the French agency for international investments. Business France has 1,500 employees in France and 70 other countries. It works with a network of public and private partners. For more information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr Contact: Fayssal MAJID, Head of Tech operations - Digital Technologies Department E-mail: fayssal.majid@businessfrance.fr Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast  #InfoBF #FrenchPavilion #CreativeFrance   For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr

French Electricity expertise to be showcased once again this year at Middle East Electricity

Rejula ARUN - 15-févr.-2018 12:07:20
Discover French innovations from March 6 to 8 at the French Pavilion, Dubai World Trade Centre United Arab Emirates, 15 February 2018 – Business France is once again presenting the world-class, innovative and dynamic French electricity sector via the French Pavilion at the Middle East Electricity Exhibition from the 6th to the 8th of March. As a key platform for the introduction of new products and services in the world of electricity, this flagship exhibition continues to be a springboard for French businesses looking to expand in the region. The exhibitors at the French Pavilion are geared to welcome the thousands of participants expected and to showcase their latest novelties. France, one of the global leaders in the electricity industry (leading exporter in Europe), will showcase a diverse offering across the sector with representation from companies including: power generation, transmission, distribution equipment and applications, products and systems for protection, security and lighting. Products and solutions will also be displayed from every level of the electricity value chain including electrical network operators, telecoms operators, engineering firms, integrators, equipment suppliers, component manufacturers, ICT firms and others. As the world’s top eighth producer of electricity, with one of the highest quality supplies of electrical power and the world’s seventh-largest exporter of electrical equipment, selected French companies look forward to offer quality products and expert advisory to the regional partners. Marc Cagnard, managing director at Business France Middle East stated: “this trade show represents a benchmark exhibition for France’s electricity sector, with the ever growing number of large-scale infrastructure projects in the Middle East, France’s electricity industry - with the newly introduced technologies - are high in demand.” In this very favorable environment where US$283 billion of investment in the Middle East between now and 2020 has been confirmed, the French experts are well placed to offer competitive and groundbreaking solutions to regional partners. “We noticed over the past few years that this exhibition offers French companies tremendous opportunities to interact with regional leaders in the industry, fostering key business relationships for greater growth”, Cagnard Added. Come and visit French companies located in Hall 7: ADDEV MATERIALS (www.addevmaterials.com) AEG POWER SOLUTIONS (www.aegps.com) AOIP (www.aoip.com) ARC INFORMATIQUE (www.pcvuesolutions.com) CABLE EQUIPEMENTS (www.cable-equipements.fr) CHAUVIN ARNOUX (www.chauvin-arnoux.com) CITEL 2 CP (www.citel.fr) DELTA BOX (www.delta-box.com) DERANCOURT (www.derancourt.com) ENERSYS (www.enersys.com) ENSTO (www.ensto.com) GINDRE DUCHAVANY (www.gindre.com) INFOSEC COMMUNICATION (www.infosec-ups.com) JEUMONT ELECTRIC (www.jeumontelectric.com) JST TRANSFORMATEURS (www.jst-transformers.com) MAFELEC (www.mafelec.com) NILED (www.niled.fr) OBSTA (www.obsta.com) RS ISOLTEC (www.rsisolsec.com) SAFT (www.saftbatteries.com) SEDIVER (www.sediver.com) Note to Editors: The French Electricity Sector Fact Sheet: * The world’s number eight producer of electricity * Europe’s leading exporter of electricity, ahead of Germany and the Czech Republic * The world’s seventh-largest exporter of electrical equipment * French companies EDF and ENGIE are ranked first and second respectively in the list of the biggest electricity producers in France and worldwide * Total sales of €12.5 billion, of which 57% from export sales * 180 companies that are GIMELEC members and 66,700 direct jobs in France ABOUT BUSINESS FRANCE: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Social Media: Account English Hashtags Arabic Hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast  #InfoBF #FrenchPavilion #CreativeFrance #الجناح_الفرنسي #قطاع_الكهرباء_الفرنسي #صناعة_الكهرباء For more info, feel free to reach Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 / t : https://twitter.com/Miryem0M Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr

High turn-out for France at Gulfood 2018, From February 18 to 22nd 2018, DWTC

Rejula ARUN - 12-févr.-2018 05:29:35
• 1st live cooking show held by the prestigious French Culinary Arts and Hotel Management institutes, Cordon Bleu (Sheikh Saeed Hall) • 4 French pavilions each dedicated to a specific sector (dairy, meat & poultry, drinks, fine food) • 70 companies to cover an area of 800 square meters United Arab Emirates,: Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will be running 4 French pavilions at Gulfood this year. This trade show devoted to new F&B products will feature around 70 French companies, all eager to present their latest offerings and know-how.  France renews a strong participation at the Gulfood this year, highlighting the latest French products on a surface area of 800m² across four halls: fine food in the world food section in Sheikh Saeed Hall ; dairy products in Hall 1; meat and poultry in Hall 3; drinks in Za’Abeel Hall.  For the first time at Gulfood, visitors will be able to discover a live cooking show provided by Cordon Bleu, the world renowned French Culinary Arts and Hotel Management institute, it will be held the whole week in Sheikh Saeed Hall and undertaken by the select Chefs Nicolas Houchet and Emil Minev. The role of Le Cordon Bleu is to teach a whole range of technical and University training programmes for working in the restaurant, hotel and tourism industry since 1895. Le Cordon Bleu’s teaching method is based on practical learning with demonstrations and practical classes. The institute is developing its network year after year attracting 100 nationalities across the campuses. Le Cordon Bleu has a presence in the Middle East, with two institutes in Lebanon, awaiting other expansions in the region. France is a major player in numerous segments, including dairies, fruits, vegetables, meat, and products for bakery to name just a few, agri-food products combine quality and excellence to cater closely to the requirements of consumers in the region. Marc Cagnard, Business France Director in the Middle East stated: “Agri-food is France’s largest industry sector in terms of both revenue and jobs. By 2040, the global population is likely to be approaching 9 billion and the French agri-food market is estimated to be growing by an average of 4% a year, with health food alone set to grow 2.5% a year over the next three years”. France is the 6th largest exporter worldwide with USD 65 billion. The Middle East region boasts a market share of more than 3,4% for French food exports which represents a value of 2.2 billion USD. The two first partners in the area are Saudi Arabia and UAE, making both a value of 1.1 billion USD. They are followed by Egypt and Lebanon. In 2016, the UAE imported USD 400 million of food and beverage products from France, making the Emirates the 24th export market for the French industry. French exports of F&B products to UAE have doubled since 2010. Saudi Arabia is the 20th export market for France. More in details, for UAE imports, France is the 11th largest supplier and the 2nd from Europe. This year, the regional partner agencies DEV’UP Centre Val de Loire and Bretagne Commerce International will also be in attendance to support companies from their region during Gulfood. Other partners that will contribute to the show’s success include EVIAN, the number one mineral water in the world and in the Middle East, BADOIT, sparkling mineral water talented for fine dining and endorsed by top Chefs worldwide, and CAFES RICHARD, a traditional “French-style” coffee roaster linked to the French gastronomy, Art de Vivre and to Paris (the leader on its market). ABOUT BUSINESS FRANCE: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and runs the VIE international internship program. Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast  #InfoBF #FrenchPavilion #MadeInFranceMadeWithLove #ZeroFoodWaste For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr    
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