DUBAI / WAM
Dubai Exports, the export development agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai, is set to connect exporters in the UAE to new and strategic markets across Europe, Asia and Africa in 2016 after its target sectors and overseas offices across six countries brought remarkable outcomes in 2015.
With local exporters and manufacturers venturing successfully into markets overseas with an improved range of products and competitive re-export hubs in sharper focus, Dubai Exports witnessed greater demand for its exporter services in 2015.
The agency led almost 200 exporters and manufacturers in trade exhibitions and fairs conducted across South America, Africa, Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in 2015, promoting products and services from 12 key sectors, mostly manufacturing and services.
Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Exports, Saed Al Awadi, said, “After sustained campaigns to identify and penetrate promising markets and consolidating export capabilities locally, Dubai Exports finds itself at a crossroads now, as the UAE leadership is focusing on a landmark post-oil strategy. Economic diversification and connecting global trade through Dubai assumes greater significance and Dubai Exports will be a major player in the emerging picture.”
Al Awadi said Dubai Exports was also instrumental in enhancing the emirate’s export environment in 2015 as a number of policies were drafted to upgrade the manufacturing sector and boost foreign trade under the umbrella of the Executive Council of Dubai. “Dubai Exports collaborated with various entities in the UAE in 2015 to highlight strategic initiatives in 2015 and a noteworthy effort was our focus on the halal sector and partnership with the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC). Expanding our global market coverage through further diversified exports, overseas offices and networking programmes to contribute to the Dubai Plan 2021 and country’s strategy to diversify non-oil sectors will be our top priorities in 2016,” Al Awadi added.