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Exporting to the Arabian Gulf

Essex Chambers of Commerce, 34a Star Lane, Great Wakering, Essex SS3 0FF

Tuesday 20th March 2018
9:30am - 12:00pm

This event is now fully booked.  If you require help on exporting to the Arabian Gulf, please contact the International Trade Team on Tel: 01702 560100.

If you are new to export or, already exporting but looking to update your knowledge, this event will help you by focusing on trade opportunities within the Gulf.

In a region where British products are well regarded for quality, and English is widely accepted as the language of business, no wonder more and more companies are looking at the Arabian Gulf as potential new export markets.

Why should you consider the Arabian Gulf, and how do you get in on the action?

  • There is currently over 22,000 projects being developed at a value of £2.5 trillion;
  • The UAE alone is a regional entry port to other Gulf markets and is home to 5,000 British companies;
  • The region has a population of over 45 million people from 180 different countries;
  • A very high Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita and high disposable income;
  • A demand for high quality products and services across a wide range of sectors;
  • UAE is the UK's largest trading partner in the Middle East, ranked 11 in the top global markets.

Our expert speakers will give you an insight into the six markets in the Arabian Gulf – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Lee Jennings - Jennings International Ltd, is a former British Diplomat and trade attaché who was based in the UAE between 2000 - 2015. With an extensive network of contacts and a knowledge of the cultures of the region, Lee has the essential tools to guide and inform business here in the UK to win business in the Arabian Gulf and wider Middle East.

Abdelsalam El-Drissi, Director of Trade Services at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce, has 35 years of experince serving with the ABCC and is one of the UK's leading experts on UK Arab trade relations.

Christopher Gunning of Intertek will talk about Conformity and Compliance in the Middle East which is vital for a smooth export to take place.

 By the end of the event you will have knowledge on:

  • Overview of the Arabian Gulf and an insight of how to do business in this dynamic region;
  • Sector specific information relating to key opportunities;
  • An understanding of the business cultures and the best way to meet the right business contacts  

Date: Tuesday 20th March 2018, 9.30am – 12.00pm (refreshments included)
Essex Chambers of Commerce. 34a Star Lane, Great Wakering, Essex SS3 0FF

Cost to attend: (Inc. VAT) £18 Members and £35 Non-Members



Lee is a highly knowledgeable executive with over 30 years of international business development experience.  He has successfully assisted   UK   businesses   around   the   world   and   has   particular expertise across the Middle East & North Africa, Sri Lanka, China and South East Asia.

With  wide-ranging  experience   of  working  across  the   private   & public  sector,  including  a  diplomatic  environment,  Lee’s understanding of the trade  & investment climate and its challenges has enabled  him to successfully assist British companies  to set up and conduct business across many regions.

Lee’s wide network of business associates and contacts at Board and senior management level are an enormous asset and enhance the services that JIBDA can offer.

Mr Abdeslam El-Idrissi is proud to have served the best part of 35 years with the Arab British Chamber of Commerce, where he has cultivated strong relationships with British Chambers, Government bodies, Educational Institutions, NGOs across both the Arab world and the UK regions, as well as the UK Arab Business Communities as a whole.

To this end Mr El-Idrissi is much in demand across the regions as a key note speaker and as one of the UK’s leading experts on UK Arab trade relations.

He is also a key member of the Institute of Export where he has held the position of Vice Chair of the Institute of Export, London Branch for 7 years, until last year.

For more than 130 years, companies around the world have depended on Intertek to help ensure the quality and safety of their products, processes and systems.
Intertek is an industry leader with more than 42,000 employees in 1,000 locations in over 100 countries. We deliver Total Quality Assurance expertise 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with our industry-winning processes and customer-centric culture. Whether your business is local or global, we can help to ensure that your products meet quality, health, environmental, safety, and social accountability standards for virtually any market around the world. We hold extensive global accreditations, recognitions, and agreements, and our knowledge of and expertise in overcoming regulatory, market, and supply chain hurdles is unrivalled.

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Please note – if you do not receive confirmation 48 hours after booking your place, please contact the International Trade Team on 01702 560100.

All event bookings need to be made and paid online only unless we have agreed alternative arrangements with you in advance of the event.  If you have any queries, please contact our Accounts Manager Rachael Hogg on 01206 363721.

This event is now fully booked.  If you require help on exporting to the Arabian Gulf, please contact the International Trade Team on Tel: 01702 560100.

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