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MLA relocates from Bahrain to hi-tech offices in Dubai
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2012, 06:58:06 PM »
After three decades of serving the Middle East and Africa region from its regional office in Bahrain, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the marketing and R&D service company of the Australian red meat and livestock industry, has relocated to Dubai, in a step that highlights the role of Dubai as a regional Business hub.

The company inaugurated its new office in Dubai Airport Free Zone in a ceremony attended by HEMr. Pablo Kane, the Australian Ambassador to the UAE, Mr. Nasser Al Madani, Assistant Director General, DAFZA, Mr. Rob Anderson, Chairman, Mr. Scott Hansen, Managing Director, Mr. Michael Edmonds, General Manager, Global Marketing and Mr. Lachlan Bowtell, Regional Manager MLA.

"This is a strategic move that reflects the strong trade bonds we have with the UAE and the importance of Dubai as a regional business hub," said Mr. Rob Anderson.

"From our new headquarters, we will continue to strengthen our collaboration with all relevant parties in the Middle East & Africa, to serve local markets and ensure our premium quality products are supplied to the best satisfaction of all our stakeholders," added Anderson.

During the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Nasser Al Madani, said: "We would like to welcome Meat & Livestock Australia in Dubai and we are delighted to host their office in Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA) where we have put at their disposal state-of-the- art infrastructure that will facilitate their work and outreach to the whole Middle East and Africa region."

The UAE continues to top Middle Eastern markets in terms of Australian red meat imports which in 2011 reached 28,804 tonnes according to figures released by the Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

The UAE almost maintained the 2010 imports figures of Australian lamb products in 2011, of about 12,500 tonnes. Beef imports increased sharply from 5801 tonnes in 2010 to 7431 while mutton products showed a 12% decrease on 2010.

For the same period, exports of Australian red meat products to the Middle East markets increased by 2 pc to reach 109,652 tonnes in 2011 from 107,405 tonnes in 2010.

Australian mutton products led the volumes with 39699 tonnes consumed in the Middle East in 2011, followed by lamb (35,643) and beef (34,310 tonnes).

As per MLA's forecast, Australian sheep meat exports to the ME region are poised to increase by 31 pc in 2012, beef by 2.7 pc and lamb by 7.2 pc.