Importing British Food & Drink to the United Arab Emirates

January 25, 2024

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers immense potential for imported British food and beverages. Major hubs like Dubai and Abu Dhabi have experienced remarkable recent growth and development to meet the needs of over 9 million residents, including a sizeable British expatriate community longing for familiar flavours from home. This burgeoning market is hungry for quality UK products. 

As an established British food and drink exporter with over 50 years of experience, Leverbrook Export has unmatched expertise in facilitating the importation of desired British goods to UAE buyers to help meet the needs of this burgeoning market.

We handle everything from sourcing your favourite items to navigating complex import regulations, translating labels, and consolidating cost-effective shipments. By leveraging our long-standing knowledge of rules, regulations, and consumer trends, you can partner with us to meet the surging local demand for authentic British fare.


Why Import British Food and Drink to the UAE?

Britain’s food and drink industry is world-renowned for exceptional quality and heritage. From Scottish whisky to English tea, British products conjure images of refinement, reliability and authentic tradition that appeal strongly to expatriates and locals alike in the UAE. 

The UAE is home to over 250,000 British expats who crave beloved flavours from back home. Branded exports like Heinz baked beans, Baxter soup, and Branston pickles offer comforting familiarity.

Furthermore, the high regard for UK goods means British food and drink products carry an air of premium quality in the UAE. Both expats and locals are willing to pay more for iconic imports they associate with finer tastes and the UK’s rich culinary traditions. 

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Popular British Food and Drink in Demand in the UAE

British exports to the UAE have increased by as much as 18.3% in recent years, with chocolate being a key driver of rapidly growing UK imports. However, there’s an extensive range of products that appeal to British expats and increasingly discerning local palates.  

  • Biscuits and Crackers
  • Beer and Cider  (including non-alcoholic variations) 
  • Chocolate and Sweets
  • Cheese and Butter    
  • Canned and Packaged Goods
  • Cereals and Baked Goods
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Meats 
  • Seafood

With swelling demand across numerous categories, ample opportunities exist for businesses in the UAE looking to meet customer preferences for British produce – from affordably priced, nostalgic comforts to premium, artisanal selections showcasing Britain’s regional flavours.

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Leverbrook Export Offers End-to-End Support for UAE Customers

Our extensive product catalogue includes thousands of British food and beverages – from everyday staples to gourmet specialities. Tell us what products you require for the UAE market, and we will handle the entire import/export process, saving you considerable time and hassle.

And with our long-established supplier relationships, we can meet order sizes right across the spectrum. We offer:

  • Freight options to meet your delivery timescales, including express air freight
  • Hassle-free documentation and customs clearance
  • Labelling adaptations meeting all UAE packaging laws 
  • Cost-effective groupage and consolidation solutions for small orders and product trials 

The team fine-tunes every order to exceed expectations. Share your wishlist and let our import experts enable swift delivery while you focus on strategic priorities. With Leverbrook Export as your one-stop UK shop, stocking popular British products across your UAE operations is smooth sailing.

Experience Smooth Importation of UK Food and Drink Products to the UAE

Leverbrook Export has spent over five decades specialising in British food and beverage exportation services. Tap into our expertise in importing the UK products your UAE customers crave. We handle regulations, documentation, shipping, labelling, and last-mile delivery so you can effortlessly restock popular items from across the UK.

If you’re eager to get started, our team is ready to discuss your British import wishlist and answer any questions you may have about seamlessly bringing beloved UK brands and products to the UAE. 

Contact us today at +44 (0) 151 645 3517 or to tell us exactly what your business needs.