The delegation for the five-day trade mission will visit Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabi and a leading commercial centre, and Doha, the capital city of Qatar and the country’s leading commercial hub.
Life sciences companies that join the trade mission will also have the option to visit Saudi Health, a leading life sciences expo in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia that attracts more than 25,000 delegates and hundreds of companies.
Both countries offer excellent export opportunities for product and service-based businesses in Northern Ireland, and to help capitalise on these opportunities the businesses chosen for the trade mission will benefit from expert advice and support on doing business in Qatar and Saudia Arabia from country experts.
Qatar is the third largest economy in the Middle East, and is a popular export market for life sciences businesses in the UK and Ireland. The country is also an attractive export market for companies in the financial services, energy, construction, defence and security sectors.
Saudi Arabia is the largest export market for Northern Ireland companies in the Middle East region, offering export opportunities for Northern Irish businesses across a range of different sectors, including healthcare, infrastructure, water, education, and food and drink.
The companies joining the Invest NI trade mission will be entitled to claim up to 50% contribution towards economy airfares for one delegate (capped at £250), and up to £75 per night towards accommodation for a maximum of 5 nights.
Northern Irish businesses can apply to join the trade mission by answering a few eligibility questions and then downloading an application form.