Tánaiste Leads Trade Mission to United Arab Emirates and Oman

An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD is leading Enterprise Ireland trade and investment mission to the United Arab Emirates and Oman this week. With a focus on growing Irish exports to the United Arab Emirates to €2 billion by 2020, over 30 Enterprise Ireland clients representing sectors including aviation, technology and financial services are participating on the trade mission, which began on Sunday November 12 and is running until today, November 14.

As part of the mission, eight Enterprise Ireland client companies, including Dublin Aerospace, Botany Weaving, Aerospace Software Developments and the Atlantic Aviation Group, are exhibiting at the Dubai Airshow, one of the biggest aviation trade shows in the world.

Among the new deals announced at the Dubai Airshow, Botany Weaving a Dublin-based manufacturer of aviation fabrics and carpets, announced that it has secured a multi-million dollar deal with a UAE airline to supply interior textiles.

Commencing the trade mission, An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD said: “The Irish aviation sector, contributing over €4 billion to GDP in 2016, is one of Ireland’s success stories. The Dubai Airshow is an important platform to showcase the very best of what Ireland offers to the aviation world and to engage with Irish aviation leaders who are shaping the aviation sector across this region.

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“There has been a marked increase in Irish company exports to the UAE and Oman in recent years and the focus of my Department through our agencies, and trade missions is to support more companies particularly those who are Brexit exposed to achieve further market diversification and grow their international exports. Over the course of the trade mission, I look forward to engaging with key decision makers at the highest levels in Government and Industry to promote Ireland as a source of world-class products and services.”