EI hosts trade mission to United Arab Emirates

31 Aug 2007

Seven Irish telecommunications companies will showcase their wares at the GSM-3G exhibition in Dubai which takes place on Sunday (1 September) and Monday.

The seven Irish companies that will comprise part of the Enterprise Ireland Stand at the event are; Openmind, Tango Telecom, Changing Worlds, Altobridge, Pervenio, Newbay and i-conX.

Coinciding with the event, Enterprise Ireland is organising a three-day trade visit to the United Arab Emirates led by Minister for Trade and Commerce John McGuinness TD.

The country is the fastest-growing market for Irish companies in the Gulf region. More than 100 Irish companies export to the United Arab Emirates and 25 Enterprise Ireland client companies have offices in the region.

“Exports to UAE have grown rapidly, rising from €115m in 2003 to €217m in 2006 and further figures from the first quarter of this year indicate continued acceleration,” remarked Guinness.

“The United Arab Emirates and Gulf markets offer substantial potential for Irish business interests and this is an opportunity to help strengthen and further develop business and trade links between Ireland and the Emirates.”

Over 3,000 people are expected to attend the GSM-3G event, which will feature 160 exhibitors from 20 countries.

McGuinness commented: “This strong Irish presence underlines Ireland’s growing international reputation as a leading vendor of innovative solutions in mobile telecommunications. Our participation gives us an exceptionally high-profile opportunity to highlight throughout the region and beyond the capabilities of these Irish telecoms companies.”

“Since Enterprise Ireland opened its Dubai office in 2002 it has been significantly ramping up business visibility and presence in the Middle East to accelerate the success of Irish companies in winning opportunities emerging now and in the medium term,” said Jim Mongey, regional manager for the Middle East and Africa, Enterprise Ireland. “This visit by Minister McGuinness is a strong endorsement for these Irish companies in the eyes of potential partners in the Middle East.”

By Niall Byrne