Business opportunities

Enter the Gulf Markets

Seize the many business opportunities in the GCC countries

Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 7:30 A.M. to noon

A brief look at the Gulf Cooperation Council countries
Export Development Canada

Business Culture: learn how to negotiate with the Gulf countries
Daniel Roussin
Roussin Larose Lessard

Legal aspects: getting established in the region
Sam Bayat
Bayat Group

Maurice Piché
Co-owner and director

Novatec International
Richard Sasseville
Associate Director, Product Innovation
Novatek International

Take part in major projects and international calls for tender
Simon Davari
SdM Chartered Professional Accountants


  • Assess your business potential in the Gulf countries
  • Get advice that will help you stand out
  • Learn how to find local business partners
  • Find out about business opportunities and upcoming major projects in these markets

The preliminary program is available here.

    The activity will be held in French.


      Members Non members
    Ticket(s) $100* $145*
    * Taxes not included. Become a Member

    By phone
    514 871-4001

    For more information

    Sabri Ben Abdallah
    Advisor, International Market Development
    514 871-4002, ext. 6220

    Cancellation policyNo reservations, cancellations or refunds as of 2 days before the event. Participant substitutions are accepted at no extra charge until the event is held. Please note that only written cancellation notices sent by fax at 514 871-5971 or by email at will be accepted.


    Omni Mont-Royal
    1050 Sherbrooke Street West

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    Saudi Arabia and its five neighbours in the Persian Gulf—Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman—together make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a customs union and dynamic regional whole that attracts investors from around the world.

    Quebec-based entrepreneurs have not yet established a large-scale presence on these markets, although businesspeople in the region are open to developing commercial ties with our companies.

    Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (FIPAs) exist between Canada and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Bahrain; bilateral trade between the Gulf and Canada was over $4.8 billion USD in 2009.

    In the current context of strong demographic growth, the governments of the GCC member countries are reinvesting their oil and gas revenues in urban development, tourism, and sustainable development in order to diversify their economies.

    Excellent business opportunities are arising from public and private investment projects in a wide range of sectors, including the following:

    • Infrastructures
    • Public transit
    • Materials and services for oil and gas development
    • Medical equipment and supplies
    • Food products
    • Healthcare institutions
    • Water treatment
    • Educational establishments

    The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council also represent:

    • Estimated growth of 3.7% in 2013
    • A combined GDP of $1.4 trillion USD
    • A combined population of nearly 50 million inhabitants
    • Among the highest per capita GDPs in the world
    • Daring real estate projects, grand hotels, and Emirates and Qatar Airways airlines
    • The creation of new eco-sustainable and technologically advanced cities

     The creation of new eco-sustainable and technologically advanced cities


    Any company seeking promising markets in the Middle East, and looking for business partners in the region.

    Develop your business in one of the world’s richest regions!

    The "Exporting Québec" initiative 
    is produced in cooperation with:

    Official airline of the
    "Exporting Québec" initiative:

    LaPresse+   AIR CANADA
    WTC Montréal receives financial
    support from Canada
    Economic Development.

    Affiliated with the World Trade
    Centers Associations


    Canada Economic Development   World Trade Centers association (WTCA)