(MENAFN- Gulf Times) Demand for Thai food in Qatar is expected to increase as the Covid-19 situation improves and the country continuously prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, said the Ambassador of Thailand, Nathapol Khantahiran.
Speaking to reporters recently, the envoy said that there are currently around 10 Thai restaurants in Doha and that number, along with the volume of Thai food products, will increase in the coming months.
He noted that the volume of Thailand’s exports to Qatar fell in 2020 from nearly $ 400 million to $ 300 million compared to 2019 due to the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, plans to expand trade cooperation with Qatar “both in terms of volume and value” aimed at further increasing imports from Thailand are in the pipeline.
“We are prioritizing safety (during the pandemic) and secondly, we are trying to introduce healthier Thai products and foods, which we plan to bring more, by
cooperation with LuLu, ”Khantahiran said.
He added that 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Qatar and Thailand but the celebration had to be canceled due to the global health crisis.
LuLu Group International Director Dr Mohamed Althaf cited the huge demand for Thai food products not only in Qatar and the region, but also globally.
He noted that there are nearly 1,500 high-quality Thai food products made from rice, seasonings, coconut and beverages including vegetables and fruits, among others, in Qatar.
“Thailand is one of the biggest food exporters in Asia, they keep innovating not only on food, but also on packaging and processing, they also have a lot of nutritional planning, even meet special needs, and for cooked foods they are also very good.
“We have very strong relations with Thailand. In terms of volume, this is important and not just for LuLu, if you even look at Qatar as a whole, food exports especially for rice, sugar, a lot of other food products, they have a very predominant position. .
“With a certain level of modesty, LuLu claims to make Thai food, fruits and vegetables popular in Qatar. So we started 18 years ago, this is the result of our collaboration with the Thai Trade Commission, they are promoting these Thai products here now ”, underlined Althaf.
He added that Thai cuisine – international cuisine – has become very popular with different nationalities living in Qatar.
“Asians are still very used to it. I am going to rank Thai food in the top four cuisines in Qatar and this one is also international. If you look at Mediterranean, Indian, Italian and Thai countries, they all look like the very tall ones, and there are so many nationalities who will share the same culinary habits such as Filipinos and Sri Lankans (among others), ”Althaf said. .
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