Published On: 16/11/2020

More than 100 companies from the UAE and Portugal recently came together for the virtual Roadshow Dubai/Portugal, which showcased investment opportunities in Portugal’s Ribatejo region, examined synergies between the two countries and explored new avenues of economic cooperation.

The high-level event, supported by Dubai Chamber, was joined by H.E. Joaquim Moreira de Lemos, Ambassador of Portugal to Abu Dhabi, who noted “the huge interest and participation online of Emirati and Portuguese companies.”

The Portuguese Ambassador underlined that the “bilateral relationships between Dubai and Portugal are good enough to build a stronger exchange of business and investment,” adding that the Embassy of Portugal in Abu Dhabi “will welcome all Portuguese companies that want to work in UAE, as well as encourages Emirati entrepreneurs and investors to visit and discover the great potential of Portugal and the Ribatejo region.”

In addition to these high dignitaries, the webinar included the interventions of His Excellency, Ahmed Elmetwally, from the Private Office of Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Mr. Paul Epping, Chairman of XponentialEQ, Mr. Rabih I. Khoury, Managing Partner of Middle East Venture Partners, Mr. Saul Tarazona, Founder and CEO of Stringgroup, Mr. Nazar Musa, Managing Partner of Gulf Reps Ltd., Mr. Caetano Leitão, president of the Portuguese Business Council, and Mr. Daniel Pontes, Economic Counsellor to the Portuguese Embassy.

Omar Khan, Director of International Offices at Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry noted that Dubai Chamber’s support for the virtual roadshow falls in line with its efforts to explore promising markets around the world and provide its members access to global opportunities. He explained that the strong turnout for the event reflects growing appetite among local companies to explore the Portuguese market, and added that “there is huge potential to expand bilateral cooperation in key sectors of interest, such as renewable energy, agriculture, and food security, manufacturing, tourism, health care, and education.”

Online Roadshow Dubai/Portugal that took place early this week. Omar Khan described the roadshow as “an ideal platform for companies in Dubai to learn more about Portugal’s economy, business landscape, and investment opportunities”.

From Nersant, we had the interventions of Mr. João Salvador and Mr. José Coimeiro that introduced the Ribatejo region to the participants and highlighted the potential and countless business and investment opportunities that Ribatejo offers.  Nersant believes that this event was “the first step towards establishing lasting and profitable business and investment relationships between Dubai and Portugal,” hoping to “have inspired those who have joined us in this initiative to find more about Ribatejo, in terms of investment, tourism, and business opportunities.”

This Roadshow Dubai / Portugal integrates a worldwide series of events that contemplate Brazil, United States, France, Canada and Belgium. RibatejoGlobal is a project co-financed by Compete2020, Portugal2020 and ERDF – European Regional Development Fund.