Join the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Doncaster Chamber as we share insights on doing business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is the UK's largest export market in the Middle East. In 2017, Yorkshire and the Humber businesses exported £228 million worth of goods and services to the UAE, and there are still plenty of opportunities for businesses like yours.
During this half-day event, discover how your business can enter this valuable market and find great opportunities for exporting. We will be joined by Joe Hepworth, the CEO for British Centres for Business in Dubai, who will be providing his unique, on-the-ground insight into the UAE as a marketplace for UK businesses. You'll also gain insight from our International Trade Advisers and International e-Commerce Advisers, as well as an introduction to the Halal marketplace with Saeeda Ahmed (Aladdin Street.)During this half-day event you will:
Discover how to enter the UAE as a marketplace.
Find out how to make your products suitable for a Halal market.
Gain insight on attending trade shows and exhibitions in the UAE and what's coming up.
Find out how e-Marketplaces can grow your business.
See how to find your own export opportunities and how to progress them.
Get real-life tips and advice from a Yorkshire company who is already exporting in the Middle East.
Have the opportunity to speak with several experts with pre-booked roundtable and 1-2-1 sessions.
Meet the speakersJoe Hepworth, British Centres for Business, DubaiJoe is the founder and first CEO of the British Centres for Business (BCB), starting the initiative in December 2013 in response to the British Government’s need to improve the way overseas support is delivered to UK companies and ultimately boost export demand.
The BCB’s unique incubator launched in July 2014 as a special collaboration between the British and Dubai Governments. To date, 31 UK SMEs have benefited from the market-entry platform (15 of whom have successfully graduated) with a further 180 exporters being supported through the BCB’s bespoke trade services projects.
Prior to the BCB, Joe enjoyed a career in the container shipping industry with P&O Nedlloyd and Maersk Line which included roles in China, India, Russia and Western Europe.
Joe is married with two young daughters, both born in Dubai. He enjoys cricket, gin and any sports that involve beating Australia. A born & bred Yorkshireman, Joe has a picture of Joe Root above his desk.
Saeeda Ahmed, Aladdin StreetThere is an established and growing Muslim market of over £1 Trillion internationally, with population expansion combining with increasing wealth in Muslim-dominated countries, including Middle East, Far East, Indonesia, Pakistan and Iran. Driving this tremendous growth is a combination of demand and supply factors that are spearheading the market expansion of the products and services that would meet the needs of Muslim populations.
To find out how you can meet the increasing demands in a halal marketplace, including e-commerce, speak to Saeeda Ahmed. She has 20 years of experience in driving projects that meet the needs of halal industry, economy and society, including Aladdin Street, a new e-commerce marketplace (global sponsors of Manchester United) for halal and ethical products, including food and drink, cosmetics, fashion, service industries, construction and more.
Due to the popularity of our courses, companies are limited to one delegate per workshop. Any additional delegates may be removed. Please get in contact with the events team to discuss special circumstances.
If after booking you are unable to attend please notify us at least 48 hours prior to the event.