Export Information & Advice
Here are some suggested sources which may be helpful to exporters considering the Arab markets for the first time:
E.I. is the main state organisation which provides a wide range of support services to assist companies to develop and grow their overseas business. They are also represented on the ground in the Middle East through their MENA regional office in Dubai.
E.I. undertakes tailored market research for their clients; arranges visits by trade missions and sectoral missions from Ireland to the Arab countries; organises national representation at large trade fairs; provides practical advice and support to companies visiting the market; provides training and skills development and publishes practical guides to doing business in the main markets.
Bord Bia/Irish Food Board provides a range of services focussed exclusively on supporting the Irish food sector, including the promotion of Irish food products in overseas markets, including the Arab markets.
Food companies should consult with Bord Bia when considering a foray into a new overseas market.
For more information visit: www.bordbia.ie
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade co-ordinates Ireland’s overseas trade promotional activities as well as providing diplomatic and consular representation on the ground in many of our key markets. In the Arab countries there are Irish embassies in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, and consular representation is in place in most of the other main Arab markets. Embassy staff and Honorary Consuls support the work of state agencies such as Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia, Tourism Ireland and the IDA, and also assist individual companies whenever possible and required.
For more information visit: www.dfa.ie