Gulf Opportunities Showcase

NZTE’s Gulf Opportunities Showcase gives you a fresh look at the fast-growing Gulf region – a chance to find new potential for your business, and learn how to make the most of Expo 2020 Dubai. Showcase events will run in Hamilton, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington from 24-26 October.

Over the last fifty years, the six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain – have transformed their economies and societies.

Today the Gulf region is one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing trade partners, with $4 billion in annual two-way trade and rising.

A new period of rapid change is now beginning across the region, driven by a need to diversify away from oil and gas to develop high-tech, advanced and sustainable public and private sectors. This is creating new opportunities for New Zealand businesses, ranging from food and beverage to healthcare, technology and infrastructure.

With Expo 2020 Dubai on the horizon, featuring 180 country participants and over 25 million expected visitors there’s never been a better time to explore business opportunities in the Gulf region.

NZTE’s Gulf Opportunities Showcase gives you a rare chance to hear in person from Gulf market experts, including Beachhead advisors and experienced New Zealand exporters.

You’ll learn about key trends and business opportunities in a range of markets within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

You’ll also learn about how to make the most of New Zealand’s presence at Expo 2020 to highlight your business in the Gulf and around the world.

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The Gulf Opportunities Showcase is coming to Hamilton, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington this October.
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Zealong Tea Estate 
Wednesday 24 October, 8:00 to 10:00am
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Our Auckland event is now at full capacity. Please join our livestream of the event on Wednesday 24 October 2018 from 4.20pm (NZT).
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Tait Technology Centre
Thursday 25 October, 4:30 to 6:30pm
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Friday 26 October, 8:00 to 10:00am
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The showcase is brought to you in association with the Regional Business Partners Network and Export New Zealand.

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Overlooking Saudi Arabia cityscape with purple haze
Guide to Saudi Arabia

This oil-rich country is home to half of the Gulf Cooperation Council's population and is New Zealand's 17th largest export market.

Cityscape view overlooking Dubai at night
Guide to the United Arab Emirates

Now one of the most important economic centres of the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates presents exciting opportunities for New Zealand exporters.

Crowded market street in Qatar
Guide to Qatar

At just one fifth the size of New Zealand, this tiny country has the highest per capita GDP in the world, with growth in sectors such as health care, and food and beverage.

An introduction to the Gulf – Transformation, sustainability, connectivity

Expo 2020 Dubai – The ‘Expo Economy’, how to make the most of New Zealand’s Expo presence.

Panel sessions: Trends and opportunities – Technology, food and beverage, major projects and infrastructure

Extended Q&A – With speakers

Informal networking for new connections

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) comprises six countries: the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain. The opportunities in this region are as diverse as the people who live in the GCC.

The Gulf is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing trade regions, and there’s a good cultural fit between New Zealand and local businesses.

Gulf markets are increasingly demanding expertise, goods and services in areas where New Zealand excels, and the region is also technologically advanced hub offering access to markets in South Asia, Africa and Europe.

Learn more about Gulf markets and their IMEA neighbours with our market resources.

New Zealand will take part in the next World Expo, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 
Expo 2020 will focus on innovations for a better world and bring together more than 180 countries around the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.
Expo 2020 will host 180 participating countries and an expected 25 million visitors for six months from October 2020. Participating countries will use country pavilions to showcase their economic and trade capabilities alongside their culture and values.
New Zealand’s pavilion will be located in Expo 2020’s Sustainability District and tell the story of our kaitiakitanga (guardianship), with a theme of ‘Care for People and Place’.
The pavilion is being designed by Jasmax architects, with Special Group as creative storytellers and Mott MacDonald providing engineering services. The 2,000 square metre building will feature an exhibition space, restaurant, design store and hosting facilities.

Find out more on the New Zealand at Expo 2020 website.

Speakers for the Gulf Opportunities Showcase

Tony Martin in a striped shirt smiling in front of an office wall.

Tony Martin, NZTE Regional Director for Middle East, India and Africa

Tony is based in Dubai and oversees NZTE's activity in the Middle East, India and Africa. Before moving to Dubai two years ago, Tony was NZTE's Consul General and Trade Commissioner to Vietnam based in Ho Chi Minh City.  Tony will provide a broad overview of the Gulf region, covering off the major trends driving the region’s transformation.

View Tony's LinkedIn profile.

Head and shoulders photo of Kevin McKenna smiling in front of a wall.

Kevin McKenna, Trade Commissioner for UAE and Qatar

Kevin is based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and is responsible for NZTE's activities in the UAE and Qatar. Kevin is also the Consul General for Dubai.   Kevin will talk about the different ways that New Zealand companies can leverage Expo 2020. 

View Kevin's LinkedIn profile.

Headshot of Clayton Kimpton laughing.

Clayton Kimpton, New Zealand Commissioner-General to Expo 2020

Based in Dubai, Clayton leads New Zealand’s team working on Expo 2020. Previously, Clayton served as New Zealand’s Consul-General to Dubai and Regional Director for India, Middle East and Africa with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Clayton will explain what Expo 2020 is, talk about the New Zealand pavilion and how New Zealand companies can be involved.

View Clayton's LinkedIn profile.

Ken Stevens in a high-vis vest smiling in front of an Emirates aeroplane.

Sir Ken Stevens KNZM, Chairman Glidepath

Sir Ken’s company, Glidepath, designs, manufactures and installs baggage and cargo handling systems for airports.  Sir Ken will share his experience of participating in New Zealand’s activities at three World Expos.

View Sir Ken's LinkedIn profile.

Sam Amory in a suit smiling.

Sam Amory, General Manager Middle East and Africa for Orion Health

Sam joined Orion Health in January 2015. He has 14 years in the healthcare industry; six years in public health and eight years in private health. Sam will talk about the Gulf region’s focus on technology and innovation, what this means for Orion’s current and future activity in the region and share insights on the Gulf business environment. 

View Sam's LinkedIn profile.

Head and shoulders photo of Nuha Safar in a striped hijab, smiling.

Nuha Safar, Chair of NZTE’s Middle East Beachheads Advisors

Nuha is an Emirati businesswoman, with 20 years of experience in organisational and corporate communication strategies.  Drawing on her broad experience, Nuha will talk about some of the differences and similarities between Gulf markets and share insights on Emirati consumer food and beverage preferences. 

View Nuha's LinkedIn profile.

Graham Hamilton, NZTE Beachhead Advisor

Graham is a qualified agro economist with agri, retail and F&B expertise based in Saudi Arabia. Graham will talk about Saudi’s transformation, major F&B and agricultural projects in the region, and provide tips for New Zealand food and beverage or agriculture companies doing business in the Gulf.

Headshot of Simon Crispe smiling in front of a wall.

Simon Crispe, former Regional Commercial Director of Atkins for the Middle East and Managing Director of Atkins’ local partnership 

Simon, now based in Auckland, lived in the United Arab Emirates for 23 years working as an architect. He is also a former member of NZTE’s Middle East Beachheads group advising New Zealand companies on their regional strategy.  Simon will talk about some of the major trends shaping specialised manufacturing in the Gulf region and opportunities for New Zealand companies to contribute to this growing sector.

View Simon's LinkedIn profile.

Headshot of Glenn Bull smiling.

Glenn Bull, CEO of Skilitics (Christchurch event only)

Glenn Bull is the founder and CEO of Skilitics, creators of software and platform services disrupting the global training industry.  Glenn will talk about his experience of working in the Dubai Future Accelerators, an incubator programme which facilitates partnerships between entrepreneurs and private sector and government organisations to co-create solutions to a range of challenges.

View Glenn's LinkedIn profile.