UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment explores increasing volume of livestock imports

Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, on August 20 toured Al Dhara border crossing in Ras Al Khaimah to review the efficiency and capacity of veterinary labs in the emirate.

In a bid to reinforce the UAE’s position as a livestock re-export hub for the wider region, the tour explored the prospects for increasing the volume of inbound livestock consignments and the number of imported livestock markets the country.

The Minister was accompanied by Sultan Alwan, Acting Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MoCCAE, and Dr. Ibrahim Al Jamali, Director for the Northern Region at MoCCAE.

Dr. Al Nuaimi discussed with federal and local officials at the crossing the ability to accommodate a higher volume of inbound consignments, as well as to enhance the flexibility and speed of the animal testing and release services.

He said, “Through turning the UAE into the most popular regional centre for the import and re-export of goats, cattle, and camels, the Ministry aims to ensure food security in the country in line with highest international standards, as well as to improve the UAE’s competitiveness and the economic revenue from livestock imports.” He noted that assessing the capacity of the UAE’s ports to accommodate an increase in the volume of inbound shipments and ascertain the readiness of its labs to expedite processes is the priority at this time.