Andalusia Week at the Universal Exhibition in Dubai has begun with the aim of “showing the potential of the community as a benchmark in research, technology and creativity”. Extenda explains that the business areas with high opportunities in the Middle East markets are agri-food, through gastronomy; consumer goods, through fashion; cultural industries, through flamenco, and its strength as a world tourism destination. In the first eleven months of 2021, Andalusian exports to the emirates increased by 34%
Rosario Alarcón, general director of Andalucía Global, pointed out that “Expo Dubái is a unique opportunity to publicize the Andalusian sectors with the greatest opportunities in the Middle East, a region to which more than 1,500 Andalusian companies have exported goods worth 401 million euros. in the first eleven months of 2021, 10.4% more than in the same period of the previous year.Half of these sales, 202 million euros, have been destined for the United Arab Emirates, where Andalusian exports have grown by a 34% over the same period of the previous year”.
Extenda has had an office in Dubai since 2009 . In the first decade, until 2019, Andalusia multiplied by six its exports to the United Arab Emirates and tripled its sales to the entire Middle East. In 2021 it grew more than double the average for Spain, with a commercial surplus and with national leadership in sales to this country, both in technological fields , such as aeronautics, and in traditional products, such as olive oil , “which demonstrates the strength of a diversified foreign sector such as Andalusia”, according to Alarcón.
The trade balance with the Emirates reflects a surplus of 67 million in favor of Andalusia
Extenda reports indicate that Andalusia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) maintain consolidated and growing commercial relations, since commercial exchanges between both territories amounted to 336 million euros between January and November 2021, which represents a growth of 31 % compared to the same period in 2020, with the evolution being positive in both directions, but with a trade surplus favorable to Andalusia of 67 million.
Andalusia is currently the third exporting community from Spain to the UAE , with 202 million in sales between January and November 2021, with an increase of 34% over the first eleven months of 2020, which is more than double the average growth that shows Spain (+13.6%, up to 1,573 million).
The UAE is the eleventh non-European market in Andalusia , in which a total of 865 exporters are registered in the first 11 months of 2021, 22.9% more than in the same period of 2020, of which 154 are regular exporters, which have also increased by 3.4%.
100% of Spanish aeronautical sales to the emirates were Andalusian
Andalusia shows a commercial leadership in the highly diversified Emirati market, being the first community in Spain in exports of industrial fields of maximum technology, such as aeronautics, with 100% of Spanish exports , which were 43 million euros between January and November of 2021, which has multiplied its sales by 42, and also of machinery and boilers , with 40 million euros. But, in addition, it is also the national leader in olive oil exports, with 15.1 million euros, which represents 75% of Spain; and oil seeds and fruits, with 17.8 million euros, with 100% national.
According to data from Extenda, Andalusia’s business opportunities in the Middle East in general and in the Emirati market in particular range from agri -food (processed and fresh), construction materials , ancillary industry for agriculture, health, engineering (renewable energies ), environment, architecture, interior design, jewelry and accessories.
For this reason and in order to make the most of the business opportunities in the Emirati market and in the Middle East in general for Andalusian companies, the Junta de Andalucía makes the Extenda Office in Dubai available to companies, led from Seville by the Department of Africa and the Middle East, and from which services are also provided in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.
The regional delegation at the Expo is headed by the general director of Andalucía Global, Rosario Alarcón, the executive curator of the Spanish Pavilion, Carmen Bueno, and the Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Spanish Embassy in the UAE, Andrés Saliner. Under the motto ‘Andalusia, an intelligent future at Expo Dubai 2020’, it will have its central day on the 12th, with the celebration of the Day of Honor of Andalusia, with the presence of the president of the Andalusian Government, Juanma Moreno.