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Executive-Led Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia and Qatar

June 5–10, 2010

Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Doha, Qatar

Commercial ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia and Qatar have expanded at a rapid pace, making the United States the largest import partner to both countries. This trade mission will seek to build on this relationship, and will focus on two important public health sectors: patient healthcare and water and waste management. To help U.S. firms leverage opportunities in these markets, a senior-level Department of Commerce official will lead the mission.

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The skyline of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. (photo © Klaas Lingbeek-van Kranen /iStock)

The skyline of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. (photo © Klaas Lingbeek-van Kranen /iStock)


There are numerous reasons for U.S. companies to consider expanding into these two markets. For one, there has been a major push to expand public health services. Increasing populations and rapid urbanization in recent years have created a strong demand for healthcare. Both countries are upgrading and expanding hospitals, and public- and private-sector healthcare systems are seeking a wide range of technologies and solutions.

Water and waste management is another area with strong potential for export growth. With decreasing water tables in both countries, water resources are in critical demand. Both countries need to invest billions of dollars in water and waste management over the next 20 years.

Both countries have rapidly growing economies. Saudi Arabia has enjoyed budget surpluses for several years, and carried cash reserves of $452 billion in 2009. Qatar’s robust GDP growth is among the fastest in the world.

Applications to participate in this trade mission must be received by March 31, 2010. To apply, visit For more information, visit the event’s Web site or contact Jeanne Townsend of the USFCS at (410) 962-4518; e-mail: