The Emirates Industry for Camel Milk and Products (EICMP) has begun exporting its products to the European Union, becoming the first Middle Eastern company to send camel milk goods abroad, it has been announced.
This follows a five-year long process during which Dubai worked towards complying with EU regulations to export camel milk and related products, the permission for which was granted in March 2013.
The first batch of camel milk powder, fresh milk and camel whey powder reached Europe last week.
"We would like to thank all parties involved in this effort to see Dubai and our brand 'Camelicious' find its rank amongst global exporters. We are thrilled to see our products on the European market. This is a ground-breaking step for our company as well as for the camel milk industry in the UAE," said Deputy General Manager and Business Development Manager at EICMP, Mutasher Al-Badry.
As of now, EICMP is targeting companies in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sector as well as those working in the area of sport and nutritional supplements.
After the company's official listing on the website of the Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission (SANCO), its operations in the European market have also been facilitated.
Martin van Almsick, General Manager of Al Nassma Chocolate LLC said: "Al Nassma has been shipping camel milk powder to Austria for the last five years, yet a special permit was always needed. The official listing of our sister company EICMP will facilitate our operation tremendously."
"We are very optimistic that we will witness camel milk become a product that is recognised globally for its high quality and benefits," he added.
EICMP is also looking at establishing further business ties with European companies and exploring additional fields of usage for camel milk