South west businesses are being urged to explore the benefits of doing business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) South West will be leading a market visit to Dubai from March 13-20 to enable businesses to explore commercial opportunities and gain experience and insight into this lucrative market.
With a population of over nine million, the UAE‘s economy continues to grow and diversify. Dubai specifically is regarded as a regional hub for the Middle East, North Africa and beyond and is a key market for re-export into other countries.
During the eight-day visit, participants will take part in a briefing at the British Embassy, taking part in networking events, meet with the British Centre for Business and have access to vital market research to help identify the appropriate opportunities and develop a market entry strategy.
Russell Jones, UKTI regional director, said: “Doing business overseas can often seem daunting but with our world-wide network and range of established services, we can help make international success a real possibility for businesses in the south west.
“With good preparation and follow-up, market visits can be great door-openers and participants can often achieve sales and sign contracts on a first visit if they have done their homework well. Such visits also provide invaluable business contacts, partnership possibilities and the opportunity to access hands-on and up-to-date market information and research.”
The visit is designed for companies that are either completely new to this potential export market or businesses with an existing foothold that they wish to develop further.
The visit coincides with UKTI’s ‘GREAT’ week in Dubai, which includes a series of events and conferences around key themes including creative industries, the economy, construction, infrastructure and mass transport.