Enterprise Ireland Trade and Investment Mission to Gulf States

Jan 30, 2014

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Richard Bruton lead a Trade and Investment Mission in the Gulf States from Sunday January 5th to Thursday January 9th 2014.

The object of this Trade Mission was to provide an opportunity for Irish companies to strengthen relationships in the region, gain access to business networks and to develop an understanding of how to do business in the Gulf..

During the Trade Mission, Byrne Looby Partners announced a joint venture partnership with ASCO Consulting Engineers, which marks an essential part of Byrne Looby Partners’ growth in the Middle East, resulting in a significant increase of its workforce in both Ireland and the GCC region. You can read more about the joint venture partnership here.

Byrne Looby's Qatar team were pleased to network with delegates on the Trade Mission and share their experience in entering the Qatari market as Byrne Looby have been present in the Middle East for over 4 years, Sam Murdock, Byrne Looby's Water Director, was requested by Enterprise Ireland to discuss Byrne Looby's journey in the Middle East with the delegates.  Sam highlighted various lessons learned that other companies in the market can benefit from. You can view the presentation here.

As part of the Trade Mission, Byrne Looby's Michael Looby and Ronan Duffy attended the Abu Dhabi Ireland Business Forum, which took place at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The event was organised by the Irish Business Council Abu Dhabi, whose president, Mrs Noeleen Saeed, is an Irish woman from Sligo who has lived in Abu Dhabi for over 30 years. Ronan Duffy sits on the Board of the Irish Business Council.

Speakers at the Forum included HE Mohammed Thani Al Romaithi - Chamber President, HE Khalfan Al Kaabi - First Vice President, other government officials, and on the Irish side An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Employment Richard Bruton.

A business lunch was held in the iconic Emirates Palace Hotel, which was again addressed briefly by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Patrick Hennessy - Irish Ambassador. Many Irish people working in construction and other industries were present. 

Later in the evening an official reception was hosted by Patrick Hennessy, Ambassador of Ireland, at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Yas Island, where Michael Looby and Ronan Duffy had their photos taken with the Taoiseach, Minister Bruton and the new CEO of Enterprise Ireland Julie Sinnamon. The evening provided opportunities to meet many senior people in the engineering and construction sector in Abu Dhabi, as well as many from Dubai who travelled to the capital for the event. 

The 5-day Trade Mission concluded with an evening networking event in Dubai where Byrne Looby announced the opening of their new office in the Emirate. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny addressed a gathering of nearly 1,000 Irish people at the event.