Queensland companies showcased their products at the Arab Health trade show in Dubai in January, including Gold Coast company Dola Orthotics, which left the show with a significant distribution deal.

Arab Health is the Middle East’s largest healthcare event, attracting exhibitors from 46 countries and thousands of buyers and distributors from around the world.

Nine Gold Coast companies made the journey to Dubai, showcasing everything from beach wheelchairs to nutritional supplements, probiotics and eczema cream.

The group travelled as part of a delegation led by Gold Coast City Council/TradeStart AI Group, and was also supported on the ground by staff from TIQ’s Middle East office.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Middle East Donna Massie said Arab Health had been a great success for Queensland, with one deal signed and more in the pipeline.

‘The Queensland exhibitors were able to meet with a wide range of potential business partners from around the world at meetings organised by Craig Ford from Gold Coast City Council and TIQ Middle East staff,’ she said.

‘One of those companies, Dola Orthotics, negotiated an initial South American distribution deal as a direct result of Arab Health, and other companies have solid leads that we’ll help to follow up in coming months.

‘Representatives from some of the larger Middle East pharmacy chains also visited the Queensland displays, and they were very interested in the Queensland products.

‘The event was a great example of collaboration between TIQ and the council to advance the interests of the participating businesses and the Queensland economy.’

Arab Health ran at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 28–31 January.

Advanced manufacturing, including medical technology, is identified as one of Queensland’s emerging export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Queensland companies participating in Arab Health

David Hackett, Craig Ford and Luke Sinclair

David Hackett from TIQ Middle East, Craig Ford from Trade Start Gold Coast/City of Gold Coast, and Luke Sinclair from Dola Orthotics at Arab Health.