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DEPARTURES FLYING TO...


...the Middle East


It is difficult to believe that events in Tunisia around 18 months ago could have taken the lid off a volcano of simmering unrest which has subsequently erupted across the Middle East, writes Colin Ellson. Nevertheless, the demonstrations against


autocratic governments, calls for democratic reform and social justice have left few corners of the region untouched. Rulers have been forced from power in


Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, there has been a popular uprising in Bahrain, major protests have broken out in Iraq and Kuwait, and the civil war in Syria has escalated to horrific proportions. Meanwhile, there have been minor disturbances in Lebanon, Oman and Saudi Arabia. All of which would suggest the Middle East is closed for business. But while UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) identifies risks in some countries, and is specifically advising against travel to Syria and Yemen, it is taking a balanced view, encouraging British


companies to seek new business opportunities in some of the less hostile Arab environments.


Iraq, for example, is rebuilding after years of war and insurgency and business potential


abounds in a range of sectors, including water, power, oil, railways, housing, airports, education and healthcare. UKTI warns, however, that this is not an easy market and faint hearts are best left at home. Business with the country is facilitated


through Jordan, although the Hashemite Kingdom has its own shopping list, looking for energy and water expertise, defence equipment, education development and aid for its fast-growing ICT sector. Also up for grabs, says UKTI, are business opportunities in a number of sectors in Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. To stake your company’s claim, direct air services from the UK to the Middle East are offered to everywhere but Iraq, Syria and Yemen, for which you’ll need to travel via a regional hub. All the major Middle East carriers offer good connections from their home bases. Gulf Air, for example, flies from Bahrain to Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.


• The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date information for British travellers on staying safe overseas, posting notices for over 200 countries. Tel: 08458 502 829; www.fco.gov.uk


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