Event Partners

Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce Enterprise Ireland Emirates
Bord Bia DFA

Opportunities for 2023

A unique opportunity to gain first-hand insight into doing business in the Arab region

Irish exports to Arab markets were valued at €4.3 billion in 2016 and are set to grow year-on-year across a multitude of industries including food & drink, pharma, fintech, aviation, electronics and many more.  An economic report commissioned by the Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce forecasts that Irish exports to the Arab Region will reach €9 billion over the next two decades, highlighting the fantastic opportunities available to Irish businesses willing to look east for trade growth.  

Now in its third year, speakers at this year's Arab-Irish Business Forum will provide expert analysis, insight and advice on looking beyond Europe for extensive business opportunities, particularly in the wake of the uncertainty that prevails around Brexit.   The Arab-Irish Business Forum is a must-attend event for companies already doing business in the region or those considering opportunities there.


There will be an examination of the latest developments affecting the business environment in the Arab states; a discussion on the countries that offer the greatest advantage to Irish businesses; first-hand advice on how to break into these new markets; a look at new, emerging markets such as Morocco, Egypt and Jordan and practical presentations from Irish companies already doing business in the Arab world.  

Senior Executives from some of the 450+ Irish companies that have already expanded their business operations and interests into Arab states, as well as top executives from the region itself, will share their unique knowledge, experience and insights through presentations, case studies, panel discussions and Q&A sessions. The day will cover a range of practical issues that could have a significant impact on the success of your operations in the region.  

The Round Room, Mansion House, Dublin 2 

17th May 2023

8am to 3pm

Programme Speakers


Early Bird Delegate Registration Fee: €125 incl vat 

Full Delegate Registration Fee after 1st March: €149 incl vat

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For 2023 we have an illustrious line-up of speakers from organisations such as Nexus Business Services, Neom, Monojo Biotech, the Transguard Group, Dataflow and Nestbox Egg Company together with senior Irish political figures will address this year’s forum.

Middle East Entrepreneur of the Year and  EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, Paul Kenny, will talk about the many enterprises he has successfully launched, sold and managed. His company  AYM Commerce specialises in breakthrough digital technologies and online businesses in the MENA region.  

How to go about setting up a business in the Middle East will be one of the Forum’s hot topics and will be addressed by Penelope Shihab, CEO and founder of Monojo Biotech, one of the region’s leading biotechnology organisations. 

Hear from speakers from Jordan and Egypt, including Ramsey Khoury, Chairman of the The Khoury Group and Honorary Irish Counsul in Jordan, and get to understand the Arab Market consumer, as experts in food and retail join us to share their detailed knowledge of the region.

For 2023 A dynamic panel discussion will feature Irish business  leaders who have successfully broken into the Arab region and who will share the secrets of their success, along with the challenges they overcame.

The Arab-Irish Business Forum is organised by the Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce, Bord Bia, Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Emirates and Enterprise Ireland.

For more information, or with any queries, please contact the Arab-Irish Business Forum Event Office at Tel: 01 5543719.