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12 Dec 2013

Productive mission to UAE for Québec businesses

Ross Miller, Canadian Consul General in Dubai (in the middle), Marcel Hachem, President of Presse Café (third from the left), and Élise Roy, International Affairs Advisor, Africa and Middle East Markets, Export Québec (fourth from the left).

Québec companies were in the limelight during a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates held by Export Québec from November 24 to 28.

Company representatives took part in information sessions on business opportunities and best practices, led by experts, and were offered a program of personalized meetings.

The mission was a chance for about a dozen Québec businesses to build ties with firms in the Persian Gulf region.

Some of the participants were also able to consolidate existing relations with local customers and partners.

Québec-based Smardt won two prestigious Gaia sustainable development awards at the Big 5 International Building and Construction Show in Dubai, the largest event of its kind in the region.

Smardt was awarded the prize for best company in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) category and was singled out for special recognition for its reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

Québec’s Presse Café chain confirmed its arrival in the UAE, with the announcement of the opening of its first café in Dubai in the summer of 2014.

Export Québec (in French)
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