India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA) is diverse with some of the world's richest to poorest countries with immense economic and commerical potential. It is renowned for some of the largest democracies and nations helmed by rulers; oil and gas producers as well as food exporters and importers. 

Local exports to the territory in 2021 from Northern Ireland businesses were £459 million. 

NI Economics Trade Statistics, NISRA (2022) 

With a total population of c.2.6bn, IMEA is home to some of the world’s leading emerging market economies. Innovation and the premium it brings will continue to be a success factor for Northern Ireland companies in the territory.

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

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

Home to almost half the world's population, 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, Doha, Jeddah and Johannesburg.

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.


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


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