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Midlands Engine Virtual 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 (BCB), The Department for International Trade (DIT) welcomes you to join this Midlands Engine virtual mission to gain 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 and 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.


Mission date:

Main mission will take place early 2021

Details TBC


Pre-mission webinars:

Opportunities & Consideration in the UAE’s Construction Sector

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

If you are looking to reposition your business in the changing COVID-19 landscape, this free webinar will provide an overview of the utility sector market within the UAE and how your business can benefit from working alongside this lucrative export market.


Regulatory & Procurement Practices in the UAE Market

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

This webinar will provide an understanding of the compliance and regulatory requirements, including certifications, inspections and approvals, that UK companies must adhere to when looking to grow in the UAE.


Influence of UKEF projects in the current economic condition.

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

This webinar will provide an overview of UK Export Finance (UKEF) projects and their impact on the current UAE economic market conditions. Hear from our industry experts on how these funded projects are executed and where your UK business can support supply chain requirements.


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Register your interest today:

Companies will be selected in a competitive process, and must be from the Midlands Engine Region 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




Please note: 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.

For any other enquiries contact the Department for International Trade East Midlands at events@tradeEM.co.uk or call 0345 052 4001.


Midlands Engine


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The Midlands Engine is the heartbeat of Britain’s economy Built on a strong advanced manufacturing base and enhanced by a range of sectoral strengths, the Midlands Engine is perfectly positioned to take advantage of economic growth, productivity and skills opportunities.

We will improve the economy of the Midlands and the UK, deliver an enhanced quality of life for our citizens and communities and become a globally recognised driver of the economy. We will create a thriving environment for businesses to flourish.