£405 – £1,620

Go Global trade mission to Dubai

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Dubai, Dubai

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an important export market for the UK, with £6.2bn worth of goods sold to the territory in 2015, and is the fifth fastest growing destination for UK goods, with exports increasing by circa 16% year on year.

Key sectors of opportunity include healthcare, education, consumer products and food and drink. The award of the World Expo 2020 to Dubai is forecast to boost the economy even more, with new opportunities, particularly hospitality.

Join a three day mission to:

  • learn how to do business in the UAE
  • meet large, niche and online customers
  • make sales and connections as part of a pop-up showcase
  • form collaborations with Dubai partners and fellow mission go-ers

Full programme

Day one: Sunday 26 November

5.05pm Depart London Heathrow with Royal Brunei Airlines (flight time is six hours and 55 minutes)

Day two: Monday 27 November

04.00am Arrive in Dubai local time

05.00am Check in at hotel

12.00pm Welcome to Dubai, a market of opportunity - with CBS group

The Corporate Group Dubai talk us through the business landscape, market opportunities and guiding principles for doing business in Dubai.

1.00pm How to do business in Dubai
Trade, tax and legal experts from KPMG offer an introduction to the Dubai market and a checklist on how to do business in the territory.

2.00pm Lunchbreak

3.00pm Show me the money Dubai!

A session with HSBC on how to finance your export aspirations to get your products to Dubai.

6.00pm Evening networking reception

Meet local business owners and potential partners

Day three: Tuesday 28 November

8.00am Tour of Sharjah Airport International Freezone

Just 20 minutes outside of Dubai, lies Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF-ZONE). Home to 6,500 businesses it provides some of the most enticing business incentives in the region and accounts for over a third of Dubai's industrial activity. SAIF-ZONE has a 24 hour licensing service which enables businesses to be up and running sooner than has ever been possible before. The customer base is among the largest in the world from one central hub, with access to more than two billion people within a four hour flight and as one of the most dynamic Emirates in the UAE.

2.00pm Tour of the Dubai Design District

Dubai Design District, d3, is a purpose-built master-plan development in Dubai dedicated to the design community, including start-ups, entrepreneurs and established international design, luxury and fashion brands. Meet the team behind The Dubai Design District and discover if this could be your launchpad into UAE.

4.30pm: How to sell on the largest marketplace in the Arab world: souq.com

Hear from experts at souq.com, the largest e-commerce site in the Arab world, where thousands of buyers & sellers buy and sell products over a trusted platform that offers various local payment options.

Wednesday 29 November

9.00am How to grow your business in the UAE on social media

Find out more about the social media landscape in the UAE in sessions with LinkedIn and local success story, Neesh Digital, who will outline where you should be concentrating your social media efforts to reach local customers.

12.00pm British brands pop-up

A chance for you to set up a pop-up shop for locals and get feedback from potential consumers.

6.00pm Free evening to explore

12.00am Return to the airport

Thursday 30 November

03.00am Depart Dubai with Royal Brunei Airlines (flight time is seven hours and 45 minutes)

06.45am Arrive at London Heathrow

Updates to the programme will be announced to mission go-ers via @e_nation on Twitter, with the #GoGlobalDubai hashtag and on the Enterprise Nation blog.

Cancellation policy

Please note this is a non refundable purchase. Deposit payment tickets are also non-refundable.

Free Enterprise Nation membership

By signing up to our mission you’ll also receive 12 months free membership to Enterprise Nation, a small business network and business support provider with more 70,000 members. We help people turn their good ideas into great businesses through expert advice, events, acceleration, campaigning and networking.

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