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Scroll down for the directory of area representatives for promotion of economic development and other contacts for foreign direct investment projects  - FDI - in the Middle East region.

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Economic development representatives and relevant professional service providers (related to commercial real estate investment projects as companies expand in the region) are encouraged to inform us of their websites and contact details so that we can make it easier for potential investors or new clients to find them. The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Suggestions are welcome for other useful sources, since this directory remains under development, and please report any broken links.  Refer also to our Bookshelf suggestions.

This directory will highlight relevant investment promotion agencies (IPA's), economic development organizations and other business development sources

It may also identify other contacts of potential interest to investors on a very selective basis.  See also maps for South Asia or Africa and similar directories of investment promotion contacts for other global regions.

Name Scope - and maps of the Middle East Contact Website


GUIDE Network Survey GUIDE Area Profile
Israel     Survey Profile
Israel Investment Promotion Centre, Min. of Industry & Trade National     No No
Egypt     Survey Profile
Invest in Egypt - events National No No
Egypt General Authority for Investment (GAFI) National No No

Sokhna Port & Logistics Centre, Cairo, Egypt

Port +202 414 9944 No No
United Arab Emirates       Survey Profile
United Arab Emirates - Ministry of Finance & Industry National No No
Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, UAE Free Zone No No

Hamriyah Free Zone Authority - Sharjah, UAE

Free Zone +971 6 526 3333 No No
RAK Investment Authority - set up by Government of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE Investment promotion

Kamran Niazi

+971 7 244 6533 No No
Government of Ras Al Khaimah - Investment and Development Office Emirate - fourth largest of seven, in north No No
Ras Al Khaimah Free Zone Free Trade Zone No No
Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture Chamber No No
Bahrain       Survey Profile
Bahrain Economic Development Board National No No
Qatar       Survey Profile
  National     No No
Kuwait       Survey Profile
Kuwait - The Inter Arab Investment Guarantee Corporation National     No No
Oman       Survey Profile
Oman (Sultanate of) - The Omani Centre for Investment Promotion & Export Dev. (ECIPED) National     No No
Jordan       Survey Profile
Jordan Investment Board National     No No
National Resources Investment & Development Corporation (Mawared) National - urban regeneration  No No
Jordan - Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority Economic Zone No No
Lebanon       Survey Profile
Lebanon - Investment Dev. Authority of Lebanon National     No No
Yemen       Survey Profile
Yemen General Investment Authority National     No No
Saudi Arabia     Survey Profile
Saudi Arabia Investment Promotion Centre (IPC) National     No No
U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council Association No No
Iraq       Survey Profile
The Other Iraq - promotional campaign for the Kurdistan region Region No No
Kurdistan Development Corporation Region No No
Kurdistan Regional Government Region No No
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Iran     Survey Profile
Islamic Republic of Iran - OIETAI National     No No
Syria       Survey Profile
Syria National   none identified yet No No
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Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The default for all other columns is "No" unless the organization supports our work.
  •  Survey : areas which have responded to our GUIDE Network Survey, with a link to their response for convenience if published (optional) and highlighted at the top.  This is often useful as an executive summary at the "long list" stage of location selection.
  •  Profile : participates in our GUIDE Area Profile service (also highlighted at the top of the page).  This involves a closer working relationship to maintain more timely and detailed knowledge of the area throughout the year, and also involves a more detailed executive summary on the website, with many relevant links.  If there are significant incentives in the area, we may also link to a GUIDE Incentives Profile.
Contact information for relationship leaders at GDI Solutions :
Name e-mail Phone Fax
Bruce Donnelly 847-304-4655  (Chicago) 847-304-5375
Other sources of information    

The following additional sources of information are included here for ease of reference.  Refer also to the list of US Government and related information sources for these or other countries.  Have you found other good sources, or local contacts for economic development and investment support?  Please let us know so that we may share them with others.

General sources of information about doing business in the Middle East region Website
Cityscape Dubai - international property investment and development event in December
Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force- IIRTF - US Department of Commerce - and their suggestions of other links about Iraq, including US Government sources, the Iraqi government, Iraqi financial institutions and business centers, and international organizations

US Department of State website, providing links related to the reconstruction of Iraq
British Council - Iraq
PortAl Iraq - news links and directories related to doing business in Iraq in general
Arabian Society for Human Resource Management - Middle East edition, HR e-business, also has an EU edition
American Embassy, US & Foreign Commercial Service office, which prepares the Country Commercial Guide  
Middle East regional news media with business news coverage including commercial real estate development news
Arabian Business
Times of Oman
Khaleej Times, Dubai
Gulf News, Dubai
Kipp Report
MENA Report
Chambers of Commerce and other regional or local business associations Website
American Chamber of Commerce of Iraq
Israel-America Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tel Aviv
The Jordanian American Business Association
American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce
American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates
American Business Group of Abu Dhabi no website identified
American Business Council of Kuwait no website identified
U.S. Saudi Arabian Business Council - publishes a guide to doing business in Saudi Arabia and other resources which may be helpful to companies.  US office is in Washington DC
American Businessmen's Group in Riyadh no website identified
Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry - there are three new industrial estates no website identified
American Businessmen of Jeddah no website identified
American Business Association, Eastern Province (Dhahran) no website identified
Other special interest groups with Middle East regional interests Refer also to the World Affairs / International Business Forums directory
American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee
Arab American Institute
Commercial Real Estate Firms

This section will be used  for convenience to highlight major corporate real estate firms with operations in the region.

See also the global CRE list, which can be used to find local offices of firms which may not be highlighted below.

We may also provide selective major property listings for the region, with links to the real estate firms and agents involved.

Colliers International - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and contacts for Tel Aviv   
Regus - furnished, staffed, and equipped offices on short-term leases, plus meeting rooms, videoconferencing, and temporary (daily) space which may be useful to project teams needing a place to operate in an area during planning or startup work   for list of offices in over 300 locations worldwide

including Egypt, Israel, UAE

These lists remain under development - suggestions are welcome  
Commercial Real Estate Developers, Construction
These lists remain under development - suggestions are welcome  
Middle East residential real estate developers
Al Fara'a Properties
These lists remain under development - suggestions are welcome  
Business Location Consultants, Project Management, Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, and Construction

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of location consultants and project management services.

Orascom Construction Industries - Egypt, Middle East, north Africa, south Asia engineering, procurement and construction; also cement plants in Egypt and Algeria
Koios Associates LLC - trade development and investment promotion consulting experience in south Africa, sub-Saharan and east Africa as well as the Middle East
These lists remain under development - suggestions are welcome  
Tax and Legal Consultants

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of tax advisors and international legal advisors.

Saudi American Bank
Arab Banking Corporation, Bahrain (with offices throughout region)
Arab Bank, Jordan
National Bank of Kuwait
Qatar National Bank
Emirates Bank International, UAE
Bank Muscat, Oman
BLOM Bank, Lebanon
Commercial International Bank, Egypt - has won Euromoney and other banker awards
HSBC - operates in many countries, website link is for their operations in Egypt
MIBank - MISR International Bank
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