2009 International Study Mission to the UAE

Learn more about Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE – destination of the March, 2009 International Study Mission. 

2009 International Study Mission to the UAE:
Abu Dhabi and Dubai

March 4 – 14, 2009

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Many regions in this world have a strong need for economic diversification, but few have the vast resources to make it happen almost overnight. Enter Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Ever wonder how these once quiet desert towns became bustling worldwide hubs for architecture, culture, logistics and business? Then join us in the United Arab Emirates, destination of the March 2009 International Study Mission.

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Abu Dhabi

* 5th largest GDP per capita in the world, with 7.4% growth in 2007
* Largest Emirate within the UAE and home of the national capital
* 9.2% of the world’s oil reserves, which are expected to last 150 years
* 200 natural islands


* 80% of the population is made up of expatriates from all over the world
* Around 15 – 25% of the world’s cranes are operating in Dubai at any given time
* Dubai is expected to run out of oil in 10-15 years, and oil revenues account for only 6% of GDP
* Tallest building in the world, Burj Dubai, which will stand at 160+ stories tall
* Boeing delivers 1-2 planes per month to Emirates Airlines

Reciprocal Visits
The 2009 International Study is already paying dividends even before the trip takes place. Since 2007 when planning began for the International Study Mission to the UAE, the Greater Seattle region has seen an increase in the number of visitors from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

* 2007 – Trainees from the UAE Academy in Abu Dhabi
* 2008 – Representatives from Dubai Knowledge Village & Academic City
* 2008 – Official visit from H.E. Mohammed Omar, Undersecretary, Abu Dhabi Dept. of Planning & Economy
* 2008 – Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development

Potential Post Trips
In addition to the International Study Mission, a post trip is being organized by David Woodward with Associates in Cultural Exchange (ACE) to nearby Oman. If you are interested in participating in this post trip, please contact Anne Maria Jacobson at [email protected] or 206.389.7220.

Contact Information

Logistics & Registration
Anne Maria Jacobson
p: 206.389.7220 / f: 206.903.3461
[email protected]
Agenda & Program
Michelle Grey
p: 206.389.7227
[email protected]

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One Response to “2009 International Study Mission to the UAE”

  1. Tiffany McVeety Says:

    Hi Seattle Chamber and Travel team!

    Please include me on the mailing list for this event and, when available, email me the pricing and events… I would like HSBC Bank (we operate under another name there – I think SASS – but I can check) to be a visit as well – I could help facilitate introductions for a trade event to introduce the US visitors with export opportunities to Dubai and the UAE and buyers / builders there who are our clients -I would like to also request a visit to or on a renovated ship/yacht – i know many of the mega yachts for sale in the world are in Dubai ports…a visit to the port and marina and a tour of a mega ship (maybe a coctail hour or a day sail) would be a great addition…I might be able to help with that too…

    Thank you – Tiffany

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