Laois Minister meets Portarlington's Rose in Abu Dhabi

Minister for Foreign Affairs leads trade mission to the Gulf where he meets local people

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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, led an EI trade mission of 35 companies (including two from Laois) to Saudi Arabia and UAE.

In Abu Dhabi, he met the Abu Dabi Rose of Tralee, Dearbhladh Walsh while in Dubai he met Aoife O’Loughlin, originally from Mountmellick, and now working for a local NGO in Dubai.

During the trade mission dozens of leads and high-level business contacts for Irish exporting companies were created or progressed. The 35 participating Irish companies span a number of key sectors including International Education, Lifesciences, Digital Media, ICT and Telecommunications, Financial Services, Aviation, Agri-technology and Business Services.

In addition to the trade and business opportunities created by the visit, Minister Flanagan was also able to meet with political leaders from Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

He invited the UAE's Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to visit Laois on his next visit to Ireland.