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Middle East market visit

Fast-track your business in the Gulf region by joining a Scottish delegation on our market visit to Dubai and Abu Dhabi with optional extension to Kuwait.

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Event details

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Date: 25 November 2017- 30 November 2017

Duration: 5 days

Admission Fee: This market visit is free for eligible Scottish companies to attend. You'll be responsible for your own travel and accommodation costs, however we can provide a travel grant for eligible companies.

Eligibility: Open to all Scottish companies with desire and capacity to extend their exports in the Middle East.

Disabled access: This venue is accessible - you can tell us about any requirements when you book.

An opportunity for your company to engage with key contacts for your market sector through a programme of networking activities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with optional travel to Kuwait.

As your ‘go-to’ contact for enhanced support both in Scotland and in-market, our Middle East expert, Colin Crabbe, will ensure you're fully prepared to get the most out of the trip.

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Why the Middle East?

United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait are investing billions of pounds in major projects providing huge opportunities for Scottish companies across most sectors to enter these exciting markets. Governments are investing in major projects such as:

  • Expo 2020 and water and waste water projects in Dubai
  • The five-year National Development Plan in Kuwait

Sector opportunities

Given the breadth of projects and developments in these markets, this visit would appeal to most sectors, however, specific opportunities are in:

  • Infrastructure
  • Tourism
  • Technology and engineering
  • Education and training

Why attend our market visit?

The market visit programme will include:

  • Market briefings on business opportunities in the region
  • Access to Scottish Development International and in-market support including extensive network of contacts including GlobalScots
  • Networking opportunities with key agents and local authorities
  • One-to-one meetings


There is no charge to participate in this market visit and the activities planned in the visit programme. You'll be responsible for covering the costs of your flights, accommodation and subsistence. However, we can recommend some flight options for the programme. You may be eligible for funding to assist with these costs. Ask us about the level of support for your company when you register.

Market visit programme

 Dates and timing  Activity
Saturday 25 November   
 am/pm  Delegates arrive in Dubai  Dubai 
 eve  Informal meet and greet with delegation and SDI staff  Dubai
 Sunday 26 November    
 am  Welcome and market briefing session  Dubai
 pm  Site visit  Dubai
 eve  Cultural visit  Dubai
 Monday 27 November    
 am  Travel to Abu Dhabi  Abu Dhabi
 am/pm  Site visit / one-to-one meetings  Abu Dhabi
 eve  Business networking reception  Abu Dhabi
 Tuesday 28 November    
 am  Sector focused visits  Dubai
 pm  One-to-one meetings  Dubai
 eve  Free time  Dubai
 Wednesday 29 November    
 am  Briefings  Dubai
 pm  One-to-one meetings  Dubai
 eve  St Andrew's Day networking event  Dubai
 Thursday 30 November    
 am/pm  Delegates travel home or transfer to Kuwait  
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How to apply

Note this is a draft programme and is still subject to change but you can register now for support to join this market visit. We'll then email you an application form and next steps.

Closing date for registrations is Friday 25 August 2017.

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