New business takes off between Dubai and India’s Madurai city


NEW DELHI — A new pathway to business development between Dubai and the South Indian city of Madurai has opened up with the export of a consignment of Geographical Indications (GI) certified traditional local flowers from this ancient Indian city to the emirate. India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced that prospects of regular exports of these typically local flowers to Dubai, put in place now, has provided regular employment opportunities to 160 persons, of whom 130 are women and 30 are skilled workers. Distinctive local flowers exported to Dubai under the new business development initiative are button roses, lilies, chamanthi, marigold and Madurai malli.

Of these, Madurai malli carries the name of the South Indian city because it has acquired GI certification prescribed by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Chamanthi is a local variant of chrysanthemum, while malli is a highly fragrant variety of jasmine, which is native to Madurai. The GI tag is described by WIPO more...