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Day Three of Minister Flanagan's Gulf Trade Mission focuses on Education & Healthcare Innovation


Day 3 of Minister Flanagan's Gulf Trade Mission focuses on Education & Healthcare Innovation

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, is in Dubai today (Tuesday) on the third day of the Enterprise Ireland trade mission that he is leading in the Gulf.

The Minister was welcomed to the Dubai Ministry for Education by H.E. Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister for Education. Minister Flanagan opened a seminar in the ministry about the Irish primary education system and invited Minister Al Hammadi to visit Ireland. He said:

"Ireland and UAE have many rich partnerships across the education sector - from young Irish teachers working in the Emirates to Emirati students in Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology. There is great interest in UAE in many aspects of the highly regarded Irish Education system and I look forward to welcoming Minster Al Hammadi early next year where he can see first-hand some of the aspects of our teaching, learning and policy development."

The Minister began the day by addressing a gathering of over 150 people at an EI networking breakfast of the Dubai Irish Network. The breakfast was attended by Presidential Distinguished Service Awardees and GIN members Colm McLoughlin (CEO of Dubai Duty Free) and Gerald Lawless (Dubai Holding). Minister Flanagan said:

"The Dubai Irish Business Network is a remarkable organisation bringing together young Irish entrepreneurs in Dubai with established companies and successful Irish business leaders to share experience and guidance. The Network is committed to helping to create jobs in Ireland and represent a model of great practice for Irish Business Networks around the world."

Minister Flanagan also met with HE Hamaid Al Qatami, Director of the Dubai Health Authority and addressed a Digital Health Solutions Workshop where Irish digital health companies.

He said:

"Ireland is now globally recognised as a major centre of excellence in the field of life sciences with annual sales exceeding €50 bn. Ireland is the largest medical technology employer in Europe per capita, employing 50,000 people. There was great interest in Irish innovators during the trade mission and I saw many exciting opportunities for Irish companies in the region."

Later today the Minister will address a gathering of medical education stakeholders and witness the signing of an MOU between the National Ambulance Services and the Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE. 


Press Office

15 November 2016

Note to Editors

• Minister Flanagan’s programme in Dubai is the last stop on the three city Trade Mission which also included programmes in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.  The Trade Mission involved a series of high level business meetings, targeted sector events, meetings with senior Government Ministers and one to one meetings between Irish businesses and a wide range of local businesses.

• The Trade Mission led by Minister Flanagan, and organised jointly with Enterprise Ireland, is part of ongoing efforts to raise Ireland’s profile internationally, to improve the already-strong bilateral trade and investment linkages with the Gulf region, and to provide a forum for Irish companies active in Saudi Arabia and the UAE to develop their relationships with customers, partners, and other stakeholders. 

• The Trade Mission is also part of Enterprise Ireland’s broad drive to increase the export market penetration and diversification of Irish companies post Brexit. 

• A key objective of the Trade Mission is also to provide a strong platform to further promote Ireland and Irish companies as world class strategic partners across multiple sectors in the Middle East. These type of missions also demonstrate how Enterprise Ireland can act as a conduit to those world-class goods and services.