Opportunities in the Gulf

Trade between Holland and the GCC region has increased remarkably and the trend is continuing. Holland responds to the increasing trade and investment opportunities in the diversifying economies in the Gulf. A large number of Dutch companies, both multinationals and SMEs, is already doing business in the region. Increasingly, this is done with a local presence and country visits. Trade missions, economic diplomacy initiatives, delegations and joint submissions for exhibitions are organized from Holland to the GCC countries.

In 2014, total trade between Holland and the GCC countries was worth approximately €14 billion. Saudi Arabia is the biggest trading partner of the Dutch in the Gulf region (€6 billion). The UAE is the largest export market (nearly €2.4 billion), with almost 40% of all Dutch exports to the Gulf going to the UAE.