Canada ships 450 Christmas trees to the UAE

The trees, grown in Nova Scotia, are expected to arrive on November 30 at Jebel Ali Port.

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ABU DHABI // Residents can expect a shipment of festive cheer from Canada on November 30, when a container of 450 Christmas trees is expected to arrive at Jebel Ali Port.

After a long journey via the Suez Canal, the fresh Balsam Fir trees will arrive by refrigerated container from Lunenburg county in Nova Scotia, a maritime province in Eastern Canada that is affectionately known as "Canada's Christmas Tree Capital".

Trees, decorated and undecorated wreaths and Christmas tree stands from the Lunenburg Balsam Fir Christmas Tree Co-op can be bought from Oleander Flowers in the UAE.

Some of the trees will be donated to Canadian-affiliated organisations.

"Our office here in Abu Dhabi assists companies from Nova Scotia, Canada, in doing business with companies in the UAE and Gulf region," said Simone Jucker, the executive director of EduNova Gulf LLC. "We were able to identify Oleander as a key partner for this initiative, which in turn has helped the Christmas tree producers in Nova Scotia by giving them an opportunity to broaden their export markets to include the United Arab Emirates."

Oleander has branches in Dubai (04 344 4740) and Abu Dhabi (02 677 3131)