U.S.-U.A.E. Defense Relationship Discussed as U.S. Trade Mission Departs for Abu Dhabi

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Joint National Defense Industrial Association-U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council delegation to strengthen cooperation with U.A.E. Defense & Aerospace sector

The National Defense Industrial Association and the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council will lead the “U.S. Commercial Aerospace & Defense Trade Mission to the United Arab Emirates” from October 2nd-7th, 2010. The trade mission will bring sixty-five representatives from over fifty U.S. companies in the defense and aerospace sectors to the U.A.E. to further deepen and strengthen the defense and commercial trade relationship between the two countries.

In addition to the major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the U.S. defense sector, over forty Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), many of which have little or no current business activities in the U.A.E., will participate in the mission.

The trade mission will kick off with an address by H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, U.A.E. Minister of Foreign Trade, at a welcoming reception to be held at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi on the evening of October 2nd.

Throughout the mission, these U.S. defense companies will have the opportunity to meet with their counterparts from key defense companies in the U.A.E. including: Emirates Advanced Investments (EAI), International Golden Group (IGG), Mubadala, and Tawazun. The delegation will also meet with U.A.E. government, military, and defense officials; including representatives from the Offset Program Bureau (OPB).

“The National Defense Industrial Association is excited to offer this tremendous opportunity to its membership as the defense relationship with the U.A.E. continues to grow,” said Lt. Gen. Lawrence Farrell, President and CEO of NDIA. “This is a critical time for our companies abroad, as the U.S. defense budget continues to face pressure at home.”

“This trade mission will allow fifty American defense and aerospace companies to broaden their strategic trade relationships with their Emirati counterparts,” said Danny Sebright, President of the U.S-U.A.E. Business Council. “Our goal is to foster new business ties and greater commercial trade. Furthermore, this an important time for commercial representatives of the two countries to meet and discuss the implications of the new Offsets regulations unveiled by the U.A.E. in June.”

The mission will include briefings from public and private sector officials with expertise in the U.A.E.’s defense, military, and homeland security space. In addition to meetings and briefings, delegates will conduct site visits to major defense industrial zones and tour key military compounds.

The mission is certified by the Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is supported by the U.A.E. Embassy Trade and Commercial Office in Washington, D.C.

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