Trade mission to UAE establishes excellent links for SMEs

Space2Waves project partner, DTA hosted a successful mission to the UAE in March 2022 for the European SMEs wishing to expand their business in this market.

The aim of the mission to the UAE was to establish contacts with local stakeholders in the aerospace and maritime sectors. A local consultant, Di Francia Advisor was selected to assist with the mission as they have 15 years local presence in the UAE.

The format for the mission was hybrid with both the physical mission and remote meetings arranged. The physical mission took place during the Expo Space Week 20th-26th March 2022 with participation in the International Forum, 'Sustainable coastal management: technologies for an integrated approach'.

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SME participant CMCC who offer EO technologies for coastal resources protection, commented, 'Thank you for the great experience. The project has offered real opportunities with solid partners'

This event was organised by Regione Puglia and CMCC Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change. Project partner DTA, who are leaders for the UAE part of Space2Waves, presented the project during the event and introduced the European SMEs.

In addition B2B meetings were held over two days which were attended by CMCC, Digimat, Novotech, Satlantis and Satsense. A number of visits to relevant organisations also took place including a visit to the Sharja Technopark.

SME participant, Satsense, who offer EO technologies in maritime transport and aquaculture, noted, 'The Mission to the UAE has provided us with a good overview of the market and the target customers as well as business practices and culture. This will help us to develop new business in the short, medium and long term.'

Further discussions and connections have continued since the mission and we fully expect a number of research agreements and business collaborations to be finalised in the coming months.

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Posted 2022-05-11 13:09:56

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