New business explored at Arab health in Dubai

Four Northern Ireland companies and senior staff from the University of Ulster are visiting Arab Health in Dubai, from 26-29 January, with Invest Northern Ireland.

Taking part in the Invest NI delegation are: CIGA Healthcare, Ballymena; G-Care, Belfast; James Leckey Designs, Dunmurry; and Trucorp, Belfast. The University of Ulster is represented by UU Business Institute and UU Health, both based at Newtownabbey. UU Health, a training and consultancy operation, has an existing contract in Saudi Arabia for nurse training programmes.

In addition to the companies visiting the region’s most important health exhibition, three Northern Ireland businesses, Fortress Diagnostics, Antrim; Randox Laboratories, Crumlin; and TG Eakin, Comber, have individual stands at the exhibition.

Alan Hingston, Invest NI Trade Director and delegation leader, commenting on Arab Health said: “We’ve targeted this exhibition because it is the most important gateway to markets in the Middle East which are worth around $100 billion annually.

“The premier event for the Middle East, Arab Health, brings healthcare manufacturers, wholesalers, dealers and distributors together with some of the most important and influential decision-makers in the Arab world.

“The exhibition offers an ideal environment for companies to showcase their products in one of the fastest growing and most lucrative healthcare markets in the world. This annual event will showcase products and services by more than 2,200 exhibitors from 65 countries and is expected to attract more than 45,000 participating healthcare professionals from all over the world.”

Held in the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Arab Health will also feature a comprehensive programme of expert conferences involving over 400 eminent and internationally recognised speakers.

“Our companies will be able to attend these conferences which will enable them to keep abreast of the latest technology and techniques in global healthcare. In addition, the exhibition and associated conferences are excellent networking opportunities for lead generation,” he added.

Companies in the Invest NI delegation are also being assisted by the team of experienced marketers at the Northern Ireland Technology and Development Centre in Dubai. The centre has lined up a visit to Dubai Health City to see developments and opportunities there at first hand.

Taking part in the Invest NI visit to Arab Health in Dubai, from 26-29 January 2009, are:

UU Health (University of Ulster, Newtownabbey) - education and training services

University of Ulster Business Institute, Newtownabbey – business development

Trucorp, east Belfast - AirSim range of intubation trainers and the new Truman CPR/AED training manikins

James Leckey Design, Dunmurry - bespoke positional chairs and standing frames for children (e.g. children with cerebral palsy or special physical needs).

CIGA Healthcare, Ballymena - Rapid Self Test Health Diagnostic tests

G-Care Electronics, north Belfast - patient monitoring devices.