The geographical area known as the IMEA region, which stands for India, the Middle East, and Africa, is diverse and dynamic and home to a sizeable share of the world's population (2.7 billion people) and economic activity.

Local exports to the territory in 2022 from Northern Ireland businesses were £400 million.

NI Economics Trade Statistics, NISRA, published December 2023

This region, which consists of 78 countries, is distinguished by its rich cultural tapestry, economic potential, and geopolitical significance. It stretches from the rapidly developing economies of India and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in the Middle East to the diverse and resource-rich nations throughout Africa.

The IMEA area has enormous potential as a major engine of global economic growth and a hub for international trade and diplomacy because to its increasing middle class, wealth of natural resources, and growing emphasis and demand for innovation and investment. 

There is an array of export opportunities in IMEA for Northern Ireland businesses in sectors such as:

  • Materials Handling
  • Life & Health Sciences  
  • Food and Drink
  • Technology

IMEA offers great opportunities for Northern Ireland businesses looking to grow and export. Invest NI has a dedicated in-market team with offices in Cairo, Dubai, Jeddah, Johannesburg and Mumbai.

Explore up-to-date and in-depth content on IMEA, including export information, with our market guides, features, news stories, events, and video tutorials.

Interested in exporting to IMEA? Speak to your Invest NI Client Executive, one of our International Trade Advisers or Contact our Business Support Team


Find out more about exporting to IMEA with our reports and market guides.


The latest news and features and video tutorials showcasing IMEA.


Events are one of the most effective ways to keep up-to-date with recent changes in IMEA both at home and in-market.

  • International Mining & Machinery Exhibition (IMME)

  • Future Minerals Forum

  • Arab Health

  • Gulfood


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