A potential trade gateway to the Middle East for Indiana

(NETWORK INDIANA)  A 13-member delegation from Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates, is visiting Indianapolis and Detroit this week to drum up U-S trade links. The group visited Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, earlier this year.

World Trade Center Indianapolis president Doris Anne Sadler says there’s a good match with Indiana’s economy. She says Dubai is interested in building its health care technology sector, where several Indiana companies are leaders. And the emirate is seeking to build auto assembly plants with an eye to shipping finished vehicles throughout the Mideast, making Indiana’s parts suppliers potential partners.

Stronger ties with the emirates could also potentially shore up one of Governor Holcomb’s economic priorities. The delegation includes an executive from Emirates Airlines. Sadler says three days of meetings included discussion of nonstop flights to Dubai, which she calls the crossroads of the Middle East — it’s among the world’s busiest airports, and a hub for travel to three continents. So far, those conversations are only talk.

The delegation met with Holcomb and local business leaders, and held a seminar for companies interested in doing business in Dubai.