Hon Simon Bridges
Minister for Economic Development
21 April 2017
Bridges to travel to the United Arab Emirates
Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tomorrow for meetings with
Ministerial counterparts in Dubai.
“New Zealand’s relationship with the UAE continues to go from strength to strength. This visit will be an opportunity to
progress discussions across a range of areas, including economic opportunities and collaboration in areas such as
renewable energy and the New Zealand-Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Agreement,” Mr Bridges says.
The UAE is now New Zealand’s largest export market in the Middle East, and our 12th largest trading partner.
Alongside meetings with counterparts, the Minister will also meet with Dubai-based New Zealand manufacturing firms and
Kiwi business representatives as well as the CEO of Emirates Airlines, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
“The UAE is often seen as the gateway to the wider Middle East and North Africa region and a number of New Zealand firms
have a presence in market. It is also an increasingly important hub for tourists travelling to New Zealand. The five
daily Emirates Airlines flights alone are estimated to be worth $700 million to the New Zealand economy,” Mr Bridges
“Like New Zealand, the UAE is investing significantly in innovation and given the complementarity of our respective
markets, this presents real potential for greater cooperation. I look forward to discussing this opportunity on my
The Minister will also attend a Dawn Service to commemorate Anzac Day before returning to New Zealand.