SHOW ME THE HONEY: 60,000 NEW WORK­ERS IN UAE

60 mil­lion honey bees ar­rive at RAK Air­port

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Staff at Ras Al Khaimah In­ter­na­tional Air­port have wel­comed the UAE’s newest work­force… more than 60 mil­lion honey bees.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing on Sun­day on an Egyptair Cargo freighter and de­liv­ered to Na­jeh Honey and Bees Trad­ing, the bees will be des­tined for farms across the UAE.

As well as be­ing a very tra­di­tional in­dus­try, honey pro­duc­tion in the coun­try has seen huge growth over the past five years. More than 1,800 tonnes of honey is now be­ing ex­ported on an an­nual ba­sis to those with a taste for the world’s orig­i­nal and nat­u­ral sweet­ener.

The bees are part of a re­stock­ing ex­er­cise that takes place reg­u­larly, and have to be han­dled with great care.

Mo­hammed Al Na­jeh, who runs the op­er­a­tion and heads Na­jeh Honey and Bees Trad­ing, said that the ex­er­cise By 7DAYS News Team of get­ting the bees from Egypt is one that has to run like clock­work to avoid dis­as­ter. The flight tim­ing is cho­sen so that the bees ar­rive af­ter the fierce mid­day heat and are met im­me­di­ately by the 30 cus­tomers who pick them up and head back to the farms. In­side the air­craft the tem­per­a­ture is set to 15C to off­set the high tem­per­a­tures that the mass of bees cre­ate. Mo­hammed Qazi, RAK Air­port Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, said: “We have been plan­ning this op­er­a­tion for many months. We be­lieve what Mr Al Na­jeh is do­ing for the in­dus­try is quite rev­o­lu­tion­ary and we are pleased to be part of his high am­bi­tions. The UAE could be­come a re­gional leader in bee farm­ing and or­ganic honey pro­duc­tion.”

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