Trade mission to Gulf region ends with 95 jobs announced

Thursday 09 January 2014 16.53
Emirates Airlines President Tim Clark said his airline would add an extra flight between Dublin and Dubai
Emirates Airlines President Tim Clark said his airline would add an extra flight between Dublin and Dubai

The trade mission to the Gulf has concluded in Dubai with the announcement of 95 jobs in Ireland arising from contracts agreed during the trip.

Business deals worth an estimated €65m were announced during the five-day mission, which was led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The mission also included visits to Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said the Government has targeted €1bn worth of exports to the Gulf region within five years.

Meanwhile, Emirates Airlines Chief Executive Tim Clark said the airline intends to add a second flight each day between Dublin and Dubai.

It is understood the extra service will begin in September.

The Taoiseach last night responded to claims that trade matters were pursued at the expense of raising human rights issues.

Mr Kenny said his priority in the region was to talk about trade and job creation.

He said Ireland would continue to raise human rights issues at the appropriate forums, such as the European Union and the United Nations.