Newcomers seek business in the Emirates

Eight of the 15 local companies on a business delegation to the Emirates from 20-26 October are visiting the market for the first time on an Invest NI trade mission. The business mission will be centred on Dubai and Abu Dhabi but participating companies will also be visiting Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.

The mission is the latest trade delegation to the Emirates organised by Invest NI with support from the agency’s Northern Ireland Technology and Development Centre at Dubai Internet City.

The trade delegation includes companies with established business in the Emirates and wider Gulf region including AJ Power, Craigavon, a manufacturer of portable power generators, Rutledge Joblink, Coleraine and Armagh, a training organisation, and PWS Ireland, Newry, a leading developer of road signs incorporating the latest solar technology.

Alan Hingston, Invest NI’s Director of Trade, commenting on the delegation, says:  “The number of newcomers visiting the market on this mission is an indication of the continuing high level of interest among Northern Ireland companies in the Emirates.

“Our focus on this strategically important marketplace over almost 20 years has enabled many of our leading businesses to develop strong relationships throughout the Emirates and other parts of the Gulf region. They’ve used our facilities at Dubai Internet City as a springboard to explore business opportunities in major neighbouring markets including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.  Over the years we’ve also organised successful trade visits to Iran and Yemen.

“As a direct result of Invest NI’s longstanding investment in the Emirates, the Middle East is now one of the most successful and popular markets for Northern Ireland companies. They find the Emirates an excellent place to do business and a market where there is a demand for the sort of innovative products and services in which our companies specialise,” he adds.

Visiting the Emirates on an Invest NI trade mission for the first time are Advanced Sensors, Carrickfergus; Compass Windows and Doors, Dungiven; Cooneen Watts and Stone, Fivemiletown; E&I Engineering, Londonderry; Francis Dinsmore, Kells; IVC, Belfast; Kitchenmaster (NI), Carryduff; Tomcat Systems, Belfast; Trackcare, Belfast; and Telestack International, Omagh.