(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The 11th edition of the region's premier organic and natural products exhibition, Menope 2013, opened for business on Tuesday at the Dubai International Exhibition and Conference Centre, with over 125 companies participating in the pioneering expo which, over the last decade has remained a significant platform for businesses to expand their footprint in the Mena region.
The exhibition was officially inaugurated by Essa Al Maidoor, director general of the Dubai Health Authority, or DHA, in the presence of senior officials from the Ministry of Environment and Water, Dubai Municipality and various other dignitaries. Menope 2013 will be open for three days ending on December 5, 2013 and is expected to attract over 5,000 trade visitors from across the region.
"Menope has established itself as a vantage point for organic and natural product companies to study, enter and expand in the regional market. The show's salience has grown over time in tandem with the growth of the regional market for organic and natural products expanding at a CAGR of over 15 per cent," said Nadim Al Fuqaha, managing director of Global Links, organisers of the expo.
He said that the Middle East was the fastest growing market for organic and natural products with rapid conversion of consumers towards these products in the wake of the rising awareness about healthy lifestyle. The 11th edition of the show is supported by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the ministries of agriculture of the Philippines and Malaysia.