Trade Mission to Abu Dhabi | Dubai

20 - 24 November 2016


Join Invest Northern Ireland's trade mission to UAE. The five day mission will focus on Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The mission will also allow for Construction and Materials Handling companies the option to visit The Big 5.

Applications have closed.

We will update this page shortly with details of the companies attending.

UAE - Dubai & Abu Dhabi - Export Market

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the UK’s largest market and the 12th biggest in MENA. The UAE is the regional trading and tourism hub and is home to a number of multinational companies that exploit easy access to markets across Africa and West Asia. With Expo 2020 in Dubai and the Vision 2030 for Abu Dhabi, the UAE is investing in infrastructure, healthcare and education.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are similar markets but with different business cultures. Dubai is the commercial capital and the largest city in the UAE with 1.2 million people. It is a regional hub, servicing the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region. Many of the 5,000 successful UK companies in the UAE are SME’s based in Dubai. Abu Dhabi has a more conservative business culture, focused on helping business as well as organically growing the economy. Both markets are worth exploring.

View the Guide to Doing Business in the UAE

About The Big 5 International Building the Construction Show

The Big 5 is the Middle East’s largest construction and building industry showcase, and an opportunity where companies can meet thousands of  key buyers. The 2015 show saw record breaking numbers, with 73,584 participants attending the event from 142 countries, making this the biggest Big 5 show to date.

Benefits of Participation

  • Opportunity to access two flourishing markets in the Middle East
  • Optional visit to the Big 5 for construction companies
  • Direct insights into local market opportunities and conditions
  • Up to 50% contribution towards economy airfares *
  • Up to £75 per night towards accommodation – maximum 5 nights *

* Contribution towards airfares and accommodation is for one participant per company only

Please Note - De Minimis Statement

Companies who have exceeded their De Minimis aid limit will be unable to claim assistance towards travel, accommodation and in-market support for this mission. The maximum De Minimis aid any single recipient can receive is €200,000 (cash grant equivalent) over a 3 year fiscal period.


What others experienced...

" We've had great support from Invest NI towards new market entry and I'm delighted this has resulted in a new customer order in the UAE "

Harry McCourt, Managing Director, EMS Environmental Marketing Solutions Ltd

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