Al Rawabi Dairy, which is based in Dubai, plans a further expansion into the MENA region after gaining foothold in the market.

The dairy firm is eyeing the markets of Kuwait, Bahrain, and various North African countries.

Al Rawabi Dairy general manager Dr Ahmad Eltigani was quoted by Gulf News as saying: "We are opening the Kuwait market next May and Bahrain by the end of the year. We now have customers in Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and we are expanding in northern Africa as well."

Having commenced operations in 1989 with 500 German imported cows, the dairy firm has managed to increase its herd size to 12,500, of which approximately 8,000 are milking cows.

Al Rawabi Dairy now generates 275,000 litres of fresh milk from 10,000 litres of milk produced per day in 1989 and 150,000 litres of fresh juice, added Gulf News.

Al Rawabi Dairy Company chairman Abdullah Sultan Al Owais said: "It’s not just the numbers. Al Rawabi Dairy is proud to have contributed to the development of the dairy industry in the UAE.

"Our growth has been driven by expansions in infrastructure and the introduction of state-of-the-art machinery, animal welfare systems, and methods to reduce our environmental footprint."