Overview of the different labeling and marking requirements, including any restrictive advertising or labeling practices and where to get more information.
Last Published: 4/23/2018
The Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO) sets the framework for the packaging and labelling requirements of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). GSO’s technical requirements for food exports state that all U.A.E. food imports provide information in Arabic, either as part of the packaging or as an affixed label, detailing the:

Product and brand names
Lot identification/lot number
Production and expiry dates
Country of origin
Manufacturer name
Instruction for storage and use
Manufacturer address
Net content weight in metric units
List of ingredients and additives in descending order of proportion
All fats and oils used as ingredients
Product barcode
Name of the food, packer, distributor or importer

Labels must be in Arabic only or Arabic/English. Arabic stickers are accepted. Note: the production and expiry dates must be printed on the original manufactured installed label.  You should consider cultural norms and values when designing and developing product packaging.

Prepared by our U.S. Embassies abroad. With its network of 108 offices across the United States and in more than 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce utilizes its global presence and international marketing expertise to help U.S. companies sell their products and services worldwide. Locate the U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist in the U.S. nearest you by visiting http://export.gov/usoffices.



United Arab Emirates Market Access Trade Development and Promotion Trade Documents