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Arab-Irish business opportunities to fore

Potential opportunities for Irish businesses in the Arab markets will be to the fore at the first-ever Irish-Arab business forum, which takes place in March.

Last year, the Arab market was valued at almost €4bn for goods and services and is expected to grow to around €6bn by 2020. The forum will focus in particular on the Gulf States - Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - which currently account for 65pc of Ireland's exports to the Arab region.

Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter said the State agency will look to increase Ireland's food and drink exports to the region to €500m by 2020.

Last year, we exported €237m of food and drink to the Arab market. Pictured above is Nisha Leelakrishnan, from Emirates Airlines, who was present to announce the event.