SHOW ME THE HONEY: 60,000 NEW WORKERS IN UAE
60 million honey bees arrive at RAK Airport
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.”