The Western Australian Trade Office in Dubai was established in 2002 and facilitates trade and investment opportunities in the Middle East and Africa.
The Middle East region presents diverse economic and commercial potential and the United Arab Emirates is an emerging investor. The United Arab Emirates is Western Australia’s eighth largest trading partner with a total bilateral trade worth over $3.37 billion in 2015. WA provides potential investment opportunities for the United Arab Emirates in agriculture, maritime and infrastructure developments in addition to the mining and energy sector.
In 2015, agricultural produce was one of the top five commodities exported to the United Arab Emirates and was worth over $60 million. There is also the potential to expand through Dubai as a distribution super hub into the region.
Western Australia remains one of Australia’s largest livestock exporters into the Middle East Region. Further potential exists in this sector with the emergence of Iran following the lifting of sanctions.
Opportunities in the African region are pursued through the existing Memorandum of Understanding with the Common Markets of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) nations. Signed in Lusaka in 2014, the MOU focusses on education, training and capacity building in the mining and resources sectors.
Western Australian Trade Offices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Nairobi, Kenya were opened in 2002 and 2013 respectively.