Belfast Telegraph

Fourteen companies in final sheikh-up for Middle East trade mission

Fourteen Northern Ireland companies are visiting the Middle East as part of an Invest NI trade mission to explore trade and other commercial opportunities with companies in the Gulf states.

Delegation members have a programme of meetings with senior executives from companies in Oman and Abu Dhabi this week.

The visit is the latest in an ongoing programme of trade and technology exchanges with business representatives in Oman and the Emirates organised by Invest NI.

Northern Ireland companies have been visiting Oman and other Gulf markets regularly for more than a decade and as a result, the region has particularly strong Northern Ireland business links in sectors such as oil and gas exploration, construction, emergency and standby power generation equipment, IT and engineering.

Mission members have received help with market research and lead generation from staff at Invest NI's technology and development centre in Dubai.

Most of the delegation members have experience of doing business in Gulf markets and are keen to expand business in Oman and Abu Dhabi.

Invest NI trade director Dr Vicky Kell said the group represented a very broad cross-section of Northern Ireland business, from engineering to professional services and clothing manufacture.

"The mission is the third to the Gulf this year and demonstrates the level of interest and opportunity in this market," she said.