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Virtual Northern Powerhouse Construction & Infrastructure Mission to UAE

December 2020 - March 2021

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About the event

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the UK's largest export market in the Middle East, with £12.1 billion in UK exports during 2019. With substantial plans for UAE infrastructure development and demand for UK expertise, this market presents rich exporting opportunities for British businesses. 

In conjunction with other UK regions, and in partnership with the British Centre for Business Dubai, The Department for International Trade (DIT) welcomes you to join this NPH virtual mission to get a guided insight into the construction sector in the UAE. 

The BCB is the official contracted partner of DIT to support UK companies to develop exports to the UAE and wider Middle East market. The BCB provides market entry support from market research & assessment to business partner match-making and client identification.

What Are the Benefits?

Attending companies will benefit from:

  • 3 UAE Sector Focussed Webinars on the 7th, 8th, 9th December 2020 
  • Pitching training session – to build skills for virtual pitching activity (January 2021)
  • Production of a company profile for each participating company in advance to facilitate business matching to send to British Centre for Business, UAE
  • Potential inclusion in:
    • Virtual group matchmaking – dependant on suitability of product/service for companies interested in a specific contractor / project. 3 to 5 companies with non-competing products/services to pitch to a buyer
    • Follow-on 1-2-1 ‘meetings’ with DIT and local partner support - Where there is mutual agreement between the buyer and the participating company, the BCB will organise a follow-on meeting to strengthen interest in the company’s offering. 
  • Pre and post mission support by an experienced ITA.


Join this virtual Northern Powerhouse mission to get a guided insight into this important market, and be introduced to potential business contacts.

Final date for expressions of interest: Companies are encouraged to sign up asap to attend the full series of related webinars, but final date for registration for the overall mission is 11 December 2020.


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Mission date:

Main mission will take place early 2021

Details TBC


Pre-mission webinars: 

Showcase on the Utilities sector in the UAE, and on company set up options.

7 December 2020, 11:30 - 12:30 GMT

An overview of the water, energy and environment sectors with a presentation on a major utilities project. Also company set up structures, including how to set up a bank account.


Understanding of compliance and regulatory requirements, procurement and marketing in the infrastructure sector in UAE.

8 December 2020, 11:30 - 12:30 GMT

Regulatory environment post Covid-19, procurement practices in the construction sector in the UAE, social protocol for marketing content and imagery.


Overview of EXPO, the UK pavilion and related opportunities; UK Export Finance funded project and Business Do’s and don’t’s in the UAE.

9 December 2020, 11:30 - 12:30 GMT

How to be part of the supply chain for UKEF funded projects, cultural context in conducting business in the UAE.


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Companies will be selected in a competitive process, and must be from the Northern Powerhouse Region (NW, Y&H, NE) as well as from the construction industry and wider specific services related to the construction industry, i.e.  

  • Interior decorating 
  • Building/Quantity surveying
  • Building Services


There is a registration cost of £50 plus VAT per delegate to join the mission.

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