The first consignment of Malaysian durians is expected to reach Saudi Arabia this week. Penang-based entrepreneur Engku Isa Al-Husam said the export, which was worth RM200,000, was Malaysia’s first official export of durian to Saudi Arabia, which was the most populated kingdom in the Middle East.
“The frozen durian were shipped out from Port Klang on Nov 9 and are expected to arrive there this week after a 7,000 km journey. Initially, the initiative was to satisfy the cravings of the Malaysian community living there as they are unable to return home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Demand then spread to the people from other countries, including the Saudis, ” Engku Isa told thestar.com.my.
He said the Arabs strongly believed that the fruits possessed a lot of health benefits, adding that a durian store had recently been opened in Jeddah. The D24 variety was chosen because of its affordability.