Middle East Market Visit (Scottish Development International)

April 25, 2017 – May 3, 2017 all-day UTC Timezone

Fast-track your business in the Gulf region by joining a Scottish delegation on Scottish Development International’s market visit to UAE and Qatar with optional extension to Kuwait.

Duration: up to 9 days

Date: 25 April 2017- 03 May 2017

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.

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

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

Why the Middle East?

United Arab Emirates, Qatar 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
  • FIFA World Cup and related infrastructure projects and Vision 2030 in Qatar
  • 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
  • Water
  • 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
  • Advice on major packages on offer around supply chain and delivery of key projects in the region
  • Entry to the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the leading global event for the Middle East travel industry and/or Major Events Safety and Security Summit, in Dubai


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, Scottish Development International 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.

Find out more and register here.

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