Ulster Carpets secure prestigious Middle East contract

Ulster Carpets has secured a prestigious international contract to supply more than 11,000 sq metres of carpet to the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

The contract was announced during a visit by Executive Ministers to Buri Al Arab, which is considered the world’s most luxurious hotel.

Ulster Carpets manufactured and supplied Axminster Carpet to the Burj Al Arab, part of the Jumeirah Group, during its initial construction 12 years ago for all the guest corridors and guest suites. Now during its first phase of refurbishment, they have manufactured a further 11,775sqm of Axminster Carpet for the guest suites at their world renowned design and manufacturing facility in Portadown.

This luxury carpet will be supplied through and installed by M.T.E Middle East

Commenting on the award of the contract First Minister Rt Hon Peter Robinson MLA said:

"To have secured a further contract with this world famous hotel is a tremendous achievement for Ulster Carpets. It is a clear demonstration of the international reputation of the Portadown based company."

Congratulating the local company deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA said:

"Growing our exports is a key priority in our Programme for Government and is an important objective of our visit to the United Arab Emirates and India. Ulster Carpets has demonstrated how a strong export focus can deliver economic growth."

Welcoming the contract award Economy Minister Arlene Foster MLA said:

"Last year Northern Ireland exports to UAE topped £100million, slowly returning to pre-downturn levels. An annual increase of 9.8%, the exports to UAE now represent 46% of our exports to the Gulf States which now total £216million. We have seen a significant revival in exports in the region a result of an increase in resources by Invest Northern Ireland. Ulster Carpets has demonstrated that with a focus on excellence and quality it is possible for Northern Ireland companies to compete in the international marketplace.”

Nicky Coburn, MD of Ulster Carpets, said: "Ulster Carpets have achieved a substantial increase in export markets over the past year. The Gulf market is our fastest growing region and we are very proud to have been able to manufacture and supply carpet for the second time to this world-renowned luxurious hotel. We continue to strengthen our position as a global market leader and look forward to further developing this important market"