Dubai – MENA Herald: Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), an agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai, and Dubai Exports, recently hosted a business delegation from Poland and presented to them the competitive advantages of doing business in Dubai and the emirate’s vision to be the preferred investment destination globally.

“As a robust economy driven by innovation and well-connected to key points across six continents, Dubai is already ranked globally as a top destination to live and do business. The city particularly is a vantage point to reach 2.4 billion consumers across the Middle East, North Africa, Indian Subcontinent and CIS within a 4-5 hour flight, and Emirates airline alone connects Dubai to 147 cities worldwide,” Fahad Al Gergawi, Chief Executive Office of Dubai FDI said at the Dubai-Poland Business Forum held in partnership with the Embassy of Poland in the UAE.

Al Gergawi explained that in addition to its traditional strengths in trade and logistics Dubai has acquired diverse competencies in retail, tourism, healthcare, education, information technology and green technologies aligning them with an innovative strategy to create, retain and grow investments from all over the world. He urged businesses from Poland to leverage the growing relations between their country and the UAE to expand their market coverage. UAE-Poland trade grew almost three-fold between 2012 and 2014, from AED 1.8 billion to AED 4.7 billion.

Addressing the Forum, His Excellency Dr Sebastian Stepkneciski, Acting Mission Head of Poland in the UAE, said the UAE accounted for almost 60% of Poland’s GCC trade. “Being an EU member with tremendous economic potential and abundant human capital Poland presents vast business potential. The UAE and Poland have many factors in common, including special economic zones and technology parks, and businesses on both sides stand to benefit from working together,” he added.

Abdul Rahman Hosani, Director of Exporter Services in Dubai Exports, the export promotion agency of DED, told the audience about the various services being provided to assist businesses in Dubai connect to their counterparts and trade facilitators abroad in order to boost exports and re-exports through Dubai.

Meciej Pyrka, CEO of Emirates in Poland, spoke about the facilities offered by the airline to passengers flying between Poland and Dubai.  Yann Mrazek, Partner of M Advocates, briefed the audience on the options and support systems available to establish and grow a business in Dubai.