The diverse countries of the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) remain important economic partners for Victoria. MENAT is home to a young and rapidly-growing population, and economic growth in the region is predicted to accelerate in 2018 and 2019. In the 2017-2018 financial year, Victorian merchandise exports to the region were worth AU$1.77 billion.

Victoria’s capabilities are well-matched to the needs of the MENAT region where governments are implementing extensive plans for economic diversification and sustainable development. National programs including UAE Vision 2021, Saudi Vision 2030, Qatar National Vision 2030 and New Kuwait 2035, as well as major events such as Expo 2020 Dubai, present opportunities for Victoria in fields such as food security and agriculture, mining, professional services, fintech, education, healthcare, mobility and eCommerce.

Opportunities for Victorians looking to do business with MENAT

Discover how your business can export to MENAT

  • Our Go Global export-readinesss self-assessment tool will identify your business's gaps in capabilities and recommend next steps to bridge those gaps. Whether you're seeking to enter new markets, or expand into existing markets, Go Global will show you how to get there.
  • The State Government of Victoria recognises the importance of engagement with the region and has had a well-established presence in the Gulf since 1997 when the Victorian Government Trade and Investment (VGTI) office opened in Dubai. Our VGTI offices provide tailored market intelligence, insights, and guidance for your export business, and can connect you with overseas buyers and industry partners from the region.
  • Victorian businesses seeking in-country market assistance for Israel should contact the VGTI in London.
  • Austrade Market Profiles provide further detail and facts on the Middle East, Turkey and Iran markets.
  • The Victorian Government provides support through a range of grants, vouchers and assistance programs.
  • The International Chamber House (ICH) in Melbourne's city centre is a business networking hub for international bilateral chambers and business associations. It provides members access to meeting rooms with video-conferencing, flexible workspaces and a function space for international business development events.
  • Opportunities exist for Victorian businesses to bid for contracts across a wide range of sectors and markets with the World Bank and United Nations. Providing financial support to low and middle-income countries for projects focused on development and change, World Bank's contract award decisions are based on criteria other than lowest price, such as quality and sustainability
  • Visit our regional insights page and read current updates from our Regional Specialists