Packaging Requirements

The Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO) establishes a framework for packaging and labeling requirements in the UAE. The GSO technical requirements for food exports state that all food imports shipped to the GCC region must provide information in Arabic, either as part of the package or as an affixed label. In addition, the packaging must also specify:

  • Product and brand names
  • Identification number / lot number
  • Production and expiration date
  • Country of origin
  • Factory name
  • Instructions for storage and use
  • Address of the manufacturer
  • Net content weight in metric units
  • List of ingredients and additives in order of proportions
  • All fats and oils used as ingredients
  • Product barcode
  • Name of food, packer, distributor or importer

Labels must be in Arabic only or Arabic and English. Arabic labels made in the form of stickers are allowed. The production and expiration date must be printed on the original label that was produced. Business actors must also consider cultural norms and values when designing and developing product packaging.