October 16, 2020
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
ORLANDO, Fla. (March 21, 2018) – A record 23 Florida small and mid-sized businesses exhibited in the Florida Pavilion at the Arab Health Trade Fair this year. Those companies reported a total of $69,432,000 in export sales, including more than $6 million in actual sales at the show. The event was held from January 29 to February 1 in Dubai. Enterprise Florida has led Florida companies to this event for more than a decade.
“EFI had a record-setting turnout this year and we congratulate all of the companies that attended Arab Health with us this,” said Manny Mencia, Senior Vice President of International Trade & Development for Enterprise Florida. “Florida continues to be the dominant state at Arab Health, and that is a direct result of the innovative companies that exhibit with us and the state’s long history of being a healthcare industry leader.”
Now in its 43rd year, Arab Health is the main event for the Middle East healthcare products and services market and takes place annually at the Dubai International Exhibition Center. The show hosts nearly 4,000 exhibitors from 64 countries with 39 dedicated country pavilions. The visitor numbers have reached 90,000 attendees.
Florida was the first state to organize a pavilion at Arab Health and continues to have the largest presence of any state at the event. Companies that exhibited in the Florida Pavilion this year:
“Arab Health has been a great experience for our company,” said Segundo Jimenez, Sales Manager for Advanced Instrumentations in Miami. “This is our second year at Arab Health and Enterprise Florida’s support and collaboration has been a key factor to develop the Middle East & North African markets for us. I personally want to thank the EFI team for their help and support all these days. They have been incredible. We will definitely be coming back next year.”
“Arab Health was a very successful show,” said Guilherme Oliviera, Sales Manager with US DEFIB Medical Technologies in Medley. “The event helps us to generate new sales, meet new customers and keep relationships with current distributors. It’s always a great opportunity for us to participate at Arab Health. We are expecting to grow our company in the next months and Arab Health has definitely contributed to that.”
“The Enterprise Florida team has been essential to my company’s expansion in foreign markets,” said Saleem Musallam, President of Excite Medical in Tampa. “Not enough can be said for the amount of support EFI provides.”
Florida is home to the nation’s #2 largest medical device manufacturing industry, #3 largest pharmaceuticals manufacturing industry, and #7 largest biotech R&D industry. More than 27,000 Floridians work in Florida’s biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and medical device manufacturing industries, and its universities are among the nation’s top producers of STEM graduates.
EFI maintains an extensive schedule of overseas trade missions and exhibitions worldwide. In fiscal year 2016-17, more than 500 small and mid-sized Florida businesses reported $738 million in total export sales following international events.