Update on the market in the GCC countries 

There is a higher demand for new season Apples, Pears, and Grapes from South Africa for pre-Ramadan sales. Ramadan is expected to start on 10 March 2024.


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Citrus fruit – In general

Limited volumes of early Lemons from the Northern areas in South Africa, and volumes are expected to pick up by week 8-9 towards the end of February when all growers have started packing.

Market update

The market is full of Lemons with supply from Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Syria, and China. 

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)


Pome fruit

South Africa

The packing of Royal Gala from the Ceres and Grabouw areas in the Western Cape has started, and volumes will increase from week 6 onwards. Summer Pears should be available for shipping until week 8. The varieties currently being packed is Cheeky and Cape Rose.

Pome fruit – Chile 

Chile should start packing by the end of week 8/9 (towards the end of February) for export. The Middle East will compete with Latin America at the beginning of the season for Apples due to high price levels.

Market update

There is an increase in demand in the GCC countries for new season Royal Gala Apples from South Africa and for arrival before and during Ramadan.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

Grape, Stone, Kiwi Fruit

 Grapes -South Africa             

The packing of Red globe grapes has started in the Hex River region; however, packing was slightly delayed because of small amounts of rain in parts of the Hex River.

Market update                        

Increase in demand for Red globe grapes from South Africa for Ramadan.

Stone Fruit

The packing of the late season Nectarines from South Africa should start next week (week 6), however volumes are limited. With the South African crop being down on Plums this season, there might be a good opportunity for Angelino plums from Chile, if shipping lines are able to change their routing to the Middle East with a shorter transit time and especially to Jeddah or King Abdullah Port. The shortage of Plums from South Africa is evident in the Middle East, with volumes being down by 30% compared to what was shipped last season.


No report.


The Kent and Keitt varieties are in full swing, and the season will end in the next 5-6 weeks.


Market update

Downward trend in price levels as a higher volume of Mangoes made arrival in Dubai market. However, sales and price levels are expected to increase going forward as there will be a gap of 2-3 weeks between the end of the Tommy Atkins and the arrival of the new Kent/Keitt varieties.

Kiwi fruit                        

No report.

Market Prices (Dubai, Kuwait and Jeddah)

India / Bangladesh


No report.


No report.

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