MADISON, November 20, 2013 – Wisconsin businesses wanting direct market access to two of the world’s wealthiest economies will have a unique opportunity to meet leading customers, importers and other market intermediaries in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as part of a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Trade Venture in January.

The UAE has long been recognized as the commercial and business hub of the Middle East. In 2013, the country rose from the No. 17 destination for Wisconsin exports to No. 11. Qatar boasts the highest per capita Gross Domestic Product in the world. The average annual income for the country’s 1.9 million residents is $100,000. Governments in both countries are investing their deep financial reserves in infrastructure improvements including housing; medical and health facilities; educational institutions; and transportation and aviation services.

WEDC is seeking Wisconsin businesses to travel to the UAE and Qatar from January 24 to January 31, 2014, to meet businesses and potential Middle East customers. The program is ideal for state businesses that specialize in health care, aviation, transportation and energy, but is open to all industries.

The weeklong trip will include customized one-on-one meetings with companies in the two countries, market channel analysis, business culture briefing, networking opportunities, and access to Arab Health 2014 trade show, the largest health care exhibition in the Middle East and Asia.

In order to give each participating company a custom experience, only eight businesses will be selected for the Global Trade Venture. The cost is $1,850 per person, which includes hotel, ground transportation, one-on-one meetings and attendance at Arab Health 2014. Airfare is not included.

The deadline to apply for the trip is Friday, December 20. Reservations can be made online at

For more information on the Global Trade Venture, visit the website or call Stanley Pfrang at 608.210.6777.