Russia has been active on the MENA markets exporting its agricultural products to countries like the UAE. 
According to a KPMG study, Russia accounts for 8.8 percent of agricultural commodities and food imported by the Middle Eastern countries, 1.8 percent in the imports of the Gulf countries, and 5% in the imports of North Africa.
Russia supplies meat, poultry, turkey, wheat, corn and other foods and commodities.
There are a number of reasons behind this trend, including the GMO ban in Russia, a system of technical regulations aligned with Alimentarius codex established by FAO, certification of HACCP for food safety management.
Some producers have received certificates from the Halal International Standardization and Certification Center.