Photo: Nebojsa Tejić

From 20th to 23rd September, a visit of the Slovenian companies was organised in the framwork of the governmental economic delegation to the United Arab Emirates under the auspices of the Public Agency for Entrepreneurship, Internationalization, Foreign Investments and Technology (SPIRIT), Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and Slovenian Tourist Board (STB) in cooperation with the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

A strong Slovenian official delegation consisted of Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia, Tanja Miškova, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Cairo, Gorazd Mihelič, Director of the Public Agency SPIRIT Slovenia, Samo Hribar Milič, General Manager of the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), and Maja Pak, Director General of the Slovenian Tourist Board.

On the first day of our visit, Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia, addressed the participants and presented possibilities of trading with the UAE and business opportunities of Expo 2020 in Dubai.

The day ended with a gala dinner entitled “I Feel Slovenia”, with the highlight being the performance by the Slovenian singer Nuša Derenda. The next day, the participants were addressed by Hamad Buamin, President & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sultan Bin Saed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy – UAE, Omar Khan, Director of the International Offices from Dubai CCI, and the members of the Slovenian official delegation. Later on, the participating companies held B2B meetings.

Many Slovenian companies with excellent reputation from the sectors of agriculture and food processing, electro industry, engineering, ICT, interior design, tourism and investment, participated in the Slovenian business delegation. During the workshop on tourism with B2B meetings, we presented the NHZ company and the My Doctor in Europe publication. The Bioglobal company presented itself at the business and investment conference with B2B meetings.

Considering the participants’ comments, the visit, meeting with high delegates and B2B workshops were beyond expectations. The members of the delegation were very satisfied with the organisation of the event, and we wish them to follow successful business paths also in the future.

The NHZ and Bioglobal companies thank all the organisers for the excellent organisation, promotion and business opportunities in the UAE.

  • The UAE is an appealing market, since Arabs spend approximately 27 billion dollars per year on health tourism and the figure is expected to grow.
  • Dubai is a powerful business centre and one of the 7 emirates in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai itself has the same number of inhabitants as Slovenia, while the whole UAE has 9 million inhabitants, but only 12% of them are the country’s citizens. The business in the UAE is founded on trust and personal contact. They consider their business partner more important than time.