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UAE 4.-7.10.2021

Team Finland visit to the United Arab Emirates


registration by 17 September, 2021

Further information

Mr. Antti Rahikka, Senior Advisor, Business Finland UAE
Cellular: +971 501 254 302

Ms. Lotta Eiroma, Manager, Delegations
Cellular: +358 40 716 2628

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In January 2021, the UAE Cabinet approved the UAE Circular Economy Policy, which is a comprehensive framework for determining the country’s approach to achieving sustainable governance and the ideal use of natural resources, by adopting consumption, and production methods that ensure the quality of life for current and future generations.

Finnish companies have solutions that will help the country to achieve the ambitious targets in sectors such as waste management, waste to energy, sustainable use of resources and other circular economy areas. As an example, UAE is one of the highest producers of MSW per capita and majority of it ends up in the landfills.

The UAE economy, the 2nd largest in Gulf economy, has recovered well from the dual shock created by the pandemic and hydrocarbon pricing in 2020. As always, UAE serves as a gateway to the wider GCC market with a young population, no taxation on personal income, free zones across the various Emirates, and ability to invest in advanced technologies.

Mr. Mika Lintilä, Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland, will visit the UAE with a Team Finland business delegation on 4 - 7 October 2021. This visit will be the first Minister led physical Team Finland visit since the Covid pandemic started. The goal of the visit is to foster relations between the two countries, as well as offer an excellent opportunity for Finnish companies to establish high-level business connections with companies in the UAE.

Minister Lintilä to be the first Finnish Minister to visit EXPO 2020

While the pandemic has slowed the world down it is time to start connecting again, in a safe manner. EXPO 2020 in Dubai offers an effective platform to reconnect with old and new customers, new technologies and the world. There are 191 country pavilions, as an example all the African countries have planned own pavilions – this is a great way to warp back to business.

Finland at Dubai Expo 2020 – sharing future happiness

Finland, together with over 100 Finnish companies, will participate at Expo 2020 Dubai from 01 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.  The Finnish pavilion presents globally leading clean technologies, circular economy with sustainable use of resources, sustainable energy and digital solutions, machinery, education, health & wellbeing, travel, and Finnish design.

Who should attend?

The visit is targeted at Finnish companies operating within Circular Economy and Energy focusing on the Middle East and Africa Regions. Especially companies offering waste management and waste to energy solutions, solutions for energy storage, as well as companies offering solutions for recycling.

The world is opening up again, do you want to be part of the opening round?

Participation fee

To cover the expenses of arranging the program in Dubai during 4-7 October 2021, Business Finland will charge a maximum participation fee of:

  •    Micro businesses and SMEs: EUR 1200 + 24% VAT per person
  •    Major companies: EUR 1400 + 24% VAT per person