Register interest: Midlands Engine visit to Arab Health 2018

10 November 2017

Midlands Engine is to lead a delegation to the important Arab Health 2018 event next January.

The event, held in Dubai from 28 January to 2 February, is the largest gathering of healthcare and trade professionals in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

In 2017 it was attended by more than 96,000 visitors from 159 countries, highlighting its strength as the Middle East and North Africa’s leading exhibition in the healthcare industry.

The Midlands is at the cutting-edge of the UK life sciences sector and a priority sector for the Midlands Engine.

Among those visiting Arab Health in 2017 was Telford-based SP Services, which is a supplier of first aid, medical, ambulance, paramedic and emergency rescue products.

The firm supplies the Ministry of Defence and many major corporations, and exports to more than 70 countries.

SP Services managing director Steve Bray described the trip as an ‘amazing opportunity’ and added: “Without doubt it will bring significant growth to my exporting strategy.

“At Arab Health, I was also able to meet with a number international trade advisors from across the globe to present SP Services (UK) Ltd and discuss how we can supply everything you need in an emergency.

"We have always loved attending international conferences and exhibitions, speaking face-to-face with customers old and new is just so rewarding and enjoyable for us.

“Working closely with our customers, we come up with the best product ideas and solutions, tailored to their particular requirements. We also have over 25 years of exporting which makes us pretty knowledgeable at documentation, licences and certifications."

“So, after two successful Middle East Missions already this year, SP continues to grow from strength-to-strength and our expansion plans continue including the Nordic, Scandinavian regions.”

International Trade Adviser Jane Matty said: “This Midlands Engine visit to the Arab Health trade show is a great opportunity for companies to understand the potential for life sciences and healthcare in the UAE and wider Middle East. 

“The visit in 2018 will allow companies to have the opportunity to promote their literature and display their innovative products as part of the Midlands Engine Product Showcase.”

“Companies will receive advice and support before, during and after the visit in addition to networking with other delegates on the visit so this visit is open to companies that are new to the Middle East and those that are wishing to develop their business in the region.”

For further information about the Midlands Engine visit which is open to companies in both the West and East Midlands and financial support is available to those companies who meet the eligibility criteria, please contact Jane Matty, International Trade Adviser on tel no 0121 607 1915 or email