Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia & UAE

28 October - 01 November 2018


Join our Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia & UAE. The mission will visit Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and then Dubai in the UAE where there are a range of opportunities for Northern Ireland companies across various sectors.

If you are interested in exporting to these regions, click on the Apply now link and answer the questions to see if you are eligible to take part.

Applications have closed.

We will update this page shortly with details of the companies attending.

Saudi Arabia - Jeddah

Saudi Arabia is the largest economy in the Arab World and its oil based economy has the largest GDP of all the countries in the Middle East. Opportunities exist across a range of sectors which include healthcare, infrastructure, water, education, food & drink.

With 50% of Saudis under 25 years old, the Saudi population is one of the fastest growing in the world. The current population of over 28 million is expected to increase to 29 million by 2020.

View the Guide to Doing Business in Saudi Arabia

Dubai - UAE

The UAE has diversified its economy away from oil. Non-oil sectors now contribute about 70% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It’s the second largest Arab economy after Saudi Arabia and 30th largest globally with the 18th highest GDP per capita (USD 44,200) rate.

The UAE’s rapid growth, urbanisation and young population are fuelling demand across the leisure, infrastructure, real estate and utilities sectors. Its infrastructure plans are huge, underpinned by the UAE’s Vision 2021.

With Expo 2020 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s 2030 Economic Vision, UAE is spending on infrastructure, healthcare and education. The UAE 2018 budget is set at 56.6 billion AED (11 billion GBP), and predominantly expenditure will be on infrastructure, healthcare and education in the lead up to Expo 2020.

Dubai is the commercial capital and the largest city in the UAE with 1.2 million people. It is a regional hub, servicing the MENA region. Many of the 5,000 successful UK companies are SME’s and based in Dubai.

View the Guide to Doing Business in the UAE

Please note

It is not a requirement to visit both mission centres. If you would like to visit one centre plus another GCC market please speak with the mission manager.

Benefits of Participation

  • Opportunity to access two flourishing markets
  • Advice and support on doing business in Saudi Arabia and UAE by country experts
  • Direct insights into local market opportunities and conditions
  • Tailored market visit programme using the Invest NI Trade Advisory Service (TAS)
  • Up to 50% contribution towards an economy airfare to a maximum of £450  *
  • Up to £75 per night towards accommodation – maximum 5 nights *

* Contribution towards airfares and accommodation is for one participant per company only

Please Note - De Minimis Statement

Companies who have exceeded their De Minimis aid limit will be unable to claim assistance towards travel, accommodation and in-market support for this mission. The maximum De Minimis aid any single recipient can receive is €200,000 (cash grant equivalent) over a 3 year fiscal period.

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