In this issue:

  • Opportunity to Meet Lucy McLeod, NZ Embassy, Abu Dhabi.
  • Expressions of Interest Sought for “Doing Business in Sharjah” Event, Wednesday 18 March.
  • REMINDER: ‘How Does Dubai See NZ?’, Thursday 5 March, 7.30AM, EY, Level 9, Takutai Sq, Britormart.
  • To All Food & Beverage Exporters.
  • Coronavirus – Advice for Exporters.
  • 7 Ways to get involved in EXPO 2020.
  • New Zealand features in Saudi lifestyle magazine.
  • New Zealand Products on Show at Gulfood Exhibition.
  • Special Benefits for NZMEBC Members. 


Opportunity to Meet Lucy McLeod, NZ Embassy, Abu Dhabi

On Thursday 27 February at 3.45 pm there is an opportunity for NZMEBC members to meet with Lucy McLeod from MFAT who is heading up to the New Zealand Embassy in Abu Dhabi shortly to head up the Trade and Economic Section of our UAE Embassy.

The meeting is being held at Level 16, 45 Queen St – please RSVP soonest to Michelle Boag on 021-940884 if you would like to take this opportunity to meet Lucy.


Expressions of Interest Sought for “Doing Business in Sharjah” Event, Wednesday 18 March

A delegation from Sharjah, UAE with a focus on technology and Economic Development is being hosted by NZTE.  

If you are interested in attending please email



REMINDER: ‘How Does Dubai See NZ?’, Thursday 5 March, 7.30AM, EY, Level 9, Takutai Sq, Britormart

Happy New Year to all NZMEBC members. Our first event for the year, ‘How does Dubai see New Zealand?’, will be of great interest to those doing business in Middle East markets, offering valuable insights to help your business to grow and prosper in 2020.

Off the back of research commissioned by NZatEXPO, MFAT has funded broader perception research in the Dubai market which is now being made available to all NZ businesses operating in the Middle East, or seeking to take advantage Dubai Expo 2020’s opening in October this year.

The NZ Middle East Business Council, in association with NZTE and NZ Story, is providing an opportunity for all NZ companies and individuals with interests in the Middle East region to attend a breakfast to present the research results on:

Thursday 5 March, 7.30 for 8 am, EY offices, Level 9, Takutai Square, Britomart

The research project was led by New Zealand Story and focuses on supporting a better understanding of the trade opportunities offered to New Zealand exporters to Dubai. Findings include how Dubai consumers and businesses perceive New Zealand, key points for business engagement and sector-specific considerations for trade.

Thanks to EY for hosting this opportunity.

RSVPs are essential.  Please register here by Friday 28 February.


To All Food & Beverage Exporters

NZMEBC Executive member Tanya Foster, International Business Manager for Tegel Foods, will be in attendance at the ‘How Does Dubai See NZ?’ event and is happy to share her experiences with anyone seeking to export food and beverage products into the Middle East region.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity please contact Michelle Boag on 021-940884 or



Coronavirus – Advice for Exporters

Multiple agencies of the NZ Government have come together to provide advice to exporters regarding the Coronavirus, now known as Covid-19. 

This is updated regularly and is the best source of information for companies who may be exporting into China as well as other regions such as the Middle East.



7 Ways to get involved in EXPO 2020

With Dubai Expo2020 just eight months away, some companies may be wondering how they can be part of the action to help their business to take advantage of the opportunities involved. 

NZTE has published this simple table as a guide to New Zealand businesses contemplating this question.  Further information is available at


New Zealand features in Saudi lifestyle magazine

“DQ Living” is an online magazine published in English, featuring activities and articles of interest to those living in the Diplomatic Quarter of Riyadh.  

Diplomatic Quarter is the gated and secure community facility hosting all the embassies in KSA.  It is currently going through massive redevelopment which will include a 7 star hotel spa and resort with a  championship golf course as well new retail development and roll out of EV buses.

The first issue of DQ living for 2020 includes a six page article about New Zealand – see pages 26 – 31 in the link below – but the rest of the magazine is also of interest to anyone with interests in the Kingdom or who wishes to know more about the lifestyle and plans for this key area.



New Zealand Products on Show at Gulfood Exhibition

New Zealand products are featuring strongly at the Gulfood Exhibition currently being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre until Tuesday – check out the latest food innovations from New Zealand.




Special Benefits for NZMEBC Members

embers are reminded that special flight concessions are available to members from Emirates, the Council’s major sponsor, for all NZMEBC members.

These rates may be accessed by contacting Simon Urbahn of Business World Travel, contact details for Simon are:

Phone: 09 529 3700