United Arab Emirates: Poultry and Products Annual
Imports of chicken meat and products in 2023 are forecast to increase to 418,000 metric tons as the UAE’s expanding economy, population, and concomitant building boom fuel higher demand and thus consumption. Transshipments or reexports are playing a growing role in the Arabian Gulf poultry trade and have risen by 74 percent over the last four years. Sustained higher input costs have curbed UAE domestic poultry production and reduced flock sizes, with both higher grain prices and the cost of fertilized eggs being two significant drivers. While UAE production is forecast to slowly recover over the next two years, it will continue to face difficulties so long as price caps prevent the passing of higher costs onto consumers. Imports of frozen poultry will therefore fill the gap as consumers substitute for lower-cost imported products.