A delegation of importers and businessmen from the Gaza Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is scheduled to attend the Gulfood Exhibition 2013, February 25-28 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre in the United Arab Emirates. More than 4,200 companies from the Arab world and other countries will be represented, including the United States, Russia, France, India and Switzerland.
GCCI public-relations manager Maher Al-Taba' called the visit a good chance to get acquainted with innovations in the Arab and international markets and make contacts with thousands of companies in the food field. He said a number of similar trips to food expos are scheduled during the year. Despite the Hamas-controlled area's open border with Egypt, it is often portrayed by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority as "besieged" or "under Israeli occupation", even though Israel has not been present since the summer of 2005, when the Israeli government uprooted thousands of Jewish residents.