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    Dubai & the Arab Gulf

  • American owned & operated
  • +27 years experience in Middle East
  • Proven track record of success

  • Strategic Partner US Department of Commerce
  • International Trade Administration
  • Collaboration & Cross Promotion

  • State International Trade Representative
  • Economic Development Agency Engagement
  • Documented Success Stories

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Who we are
Call us trade training wheels; we have the knowledge, experience, and regional network to assist you with your Middle East export goals - guiding companies every day to successfully enter and navigate the challenging Arab Gulf markets.
What we do
We help you identify and pursue business opportunities in UAE (Dubai & Abu Dhabi), Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia sharing our knowledge of the legal, operational, financial, practical, and cultural considerations for success.
Why hire us
Channels' guidance is based on first-hand experience, not on the norm of purely theoretical knowledge. We’ve been in the market nearly 30 years starting and running businesses across the region. We’ve a proven track record, long list of satisfied clients, and accolades from key government strategic partners.

What We Offer

Regional Knowledge and Know-how


The Arab Gulf markets are not right for everyone. Before you make a decision to invest any money, let us help you critically analyze the depth of opportunity. Once that is established, Channels will work with you to determine the softest market entry point for your company and the steps for getting started.
Instead of paying exorbitant lawyer/accountant fees, or struggling to sort it out yourself over long distance and multiple time zones, let us first present the business formation options best suited to your business, and then do the licensing and setup on your behalf. A physical presence in the country is a major factor to revenue generation.
10 hours or 40 hours a month, Channels will represent your business development interests in the region; opening doors, attending events, hosting seminars, and general BD.
Channels is the proud Arab Gulf trade representative office for Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Colorado working with small to medium size enterprise to enter the markets successfully.


Trade Representation Offices






Meet Our Team




We got a better understanding of the automotive after-market in the GCC region. Meeting with key players helped us to understand what business opportunities we have in this region. We are very pleased with the service of Channels and will recommend you to our business associates and friends.

Sven Richter
Northern Labs, Inc. (Formula 1 Auto Care Products)
International Sales Manager
I want to thank Channels for their support and assistance in setting up the various meetings in Abu Dhabi and Dubai during my visit. The companies you identified each represent potential customers for my company. I hope we will have the opportunity to work together again in the future, as the assistance you provide helps target real prospects in a most efficient manner.

Carl G. F. Pedersen
Oley Hills International, Inc.
Team Channels, Thank You for helping make the Pure Michigan Arab Health Trade Mission a terrific success! The companies have all reported positive results and have encouraged us to return for next year’s show.

Chris Bosio
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
International Trade Manager
Very open to customer service. Great Energy!

Nancy Mcdowell
Alcor Scientific
International Sales
Channels team was very hands on and helpful. They did a great job matching the companies up with our company. I highly recommend the matchmaking services of Channels. Very professional.

Amy Bosco
Beekley Medicals
Global Business Development Senior Manager
Channels team was very diligent in setting up and confirming meetings. Many distributors were off schedule but the team was vigilant in upholding the commitment they had made.

Colin Hall
Life Wear Technologies
EVP Sales and Marketing
Channels team is a pleasure to work with. I am so impressed with what you have done in such a short time and appreciate all of your effort on our behalf.

Rowena Gates
Eng3 Corporation
You guys did a great job. Very well handled and very professional, follow up calls from your team (Arshi and Zaynab) every day after meetings, to make sure that the meeting went on well.

Venkatesh Balakrishnan
Manager, Global Business Development
This was by far the best matchmaking experience I have had. You and your team are Rock Stars! Looking forward to many future missions in the UAE.

Chris Bosio
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
International Trade Manager
Wonderful service and support! I would and will recommend Channels’ services to other companies in the future to take advantage of!!! The companies we met with were evaluated well and each meeting was very appropriate for our business. We already have two companies that we met with express sincere interest in moving forward with us as local authorized representative distributors in the region! Thank you Channels team again for all your support!

Tom Gannon
Intrinsyk medical devices
VP, Commercial Operations

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Facts & Figures


countries in the Arab Gulf
Year UAE is US' single largest export market in the ME
Cell phones per capita in Kuwait
Million US dollar exports to Arab Gulf in 2015
Number of islands that make up the country of Bahrain
Number of states exporting to UAE
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conversion rate of USD$ to UAE Dirham
Qatar per capita income $ highest in the world
Americans residing in UAE
Number of daily nonstop flights between US and UAE
UAE Minister of Happiness
Percentage of UAE female cabinet ministers
Number of years Oman has had official relationship with US
UAE female fighter pilots
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Blog Posts

From Our Subject Matter Expert




Exporting to the Middle East is a Lot Like Fishing
I love analogies. It’s just how my brain works and when I am working with US companies who are entering new markets in Dubai, the UAE, or neighboring countries, I find it’s easier to explain with analogies they are familiar with. I even heard one of my own unique analogie...


Pivot, Adjust, Swing: Falling Oil Prices & the UAE Economy
It’s the summer of 2014 and the barrel price of oil is roughly $100. Within a year, the price drops to half that, teetering at $50 per barrel. As of this morning, the new low is $28.94. In a region where economic health hinges on oil prices, how is the low price, not just...


Doing Business in the ME One Banana Split at a Time
Most people are probably wondering, isn’t she going to do an Arab Health followup post? Not yet….it usually takes a few weeks of frustration back in the office before companies who participated start shaking their heads and wondering how to move the contacts they made fur...


6 Universal Truths of Arab Health
Arab Health is always a very busy trade show for us. The Kallman US Pavilion gets larger and larger each year and as they grow, our services to US SME’s stay in step. It’s exciting and it’s exhausting. Over the years, I have come to some universal truths regarding Arab He...

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