The delegation will spend a week in the Emirates visiting both Abu Dhabi and Dubai and will take part in the Expat Show – the expatriate lifestyle exhibition – being held at the Emirates Towers Hotel from October 10-12.
The visit follows a high-profile IOM business roadshow staged throughout the Gulf two years ago and which Chief Minister Gelling dubbed “an undoubted” success.
During the 1999 visit the Chief Minister met with His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister and the heads of chambers of commerce in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.
“I was overwhelmed by the response to the 1999 visit and have since been keen to return to the region and renew acquaintances with those who so courteously received us,” said Chief Minister Gelling.
“There are particularly strong business relationships between our island and the United Arab Emirates and I wish to emphasise my personal support in further enhancing and consolidating these links.”
Chief Minister Gelling said his visit and that of the business delegation will also further explore the challenges of the global economy.
“It is very important to build international relations and exchange views which are common to all,” said Chief Minister Gelling. “I am particularly keen to ensure that the perception of the Isle of Man is well-known throughout the Middle East.
“We are also particularly aware of the importance of the expatriate market to us, hence our decision to participate in the Expat Show.”
The Isle of Man is globally recognised as an international offshore centre and a leader in regulatory and supervisory matters. “I am eager to share this experience with others, such as Dubai, who can be similarly placed,” he added.
“While other offshore centres have become overcrowded and expensive, the Isle of Man is in the fortunate position of being able to provide affordable high-quality commercial and residential accommodation in a spacious and scenic environment. It has the capacity for sustaining growth for many years while continuing to retain those virtues.”
As the island’s senior political figure, Chief Minister Gelling plays a key role in all legislation and policy decisions, including the IOM’s ground-breaking new E-commerce and E-society strategy aimed at attracting e-entrepreneurs to the territory.
“E-Commerce is a main route of modern business and the recent approval of our new strategy is an important milestone in our Government’s commitment to ensure that the Isle of Man remains at the forefront of e-enabled jurisdictions,” said Chief Minister Gelling.
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