JETRO Dubai Topics

JETRO Dubai is publishing triannual newsletter “JETRO Dubai Topics” featuring the developments on Japan’s business and economy, activities of Japanese companies in the MENA region, as well as the events organized/sponsored by JETRO. The newsletter gives information on trends about trade and investment between Japan and the MENA countries, major trade fairs scheduled in Japan, and details of new reference books available at the JETRO Dubai business library.


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2024 – T1 ISSUE:

▪ UAE-JAPAN Joint Business Council Forum

▪ Innovative Showcase: Japan Pavilion at Arab Health 2024

▪ JETRO Dubai conducted Healthcare Online Business Matching

▪ JETRO promoted Japanese Food Products at GULFOOD 2024

▪ JETRO x Spacetoon participation at the Middle East Film & Comic Con 2024

▪ TAKUMI NEXT: Pop-up Store in Dubai Design District

▪ JETRO promoted Japanese Seafood in collaboration with Summit Webstore

▪ UAE Chef Delegation to Japan

▪ JETRO participated at the 47th Edition of Baghdad International Fair

▪ Iraq Business Forum

▪ JETRO Dubai Kicks Off 2024 with Series of IP Initiatives

2023 – T3 ISSUE:

▪ JAPAN PAVILION created a buzz at GITEX Expand North Star 2023

▪ Japan Green Innovation Conference

▪ JETRO & SPACETOON have teamed up to launch "Japan Anime Street"

▪ JETRO Music, Film, and TV Contents Business Matching

▪ JETRO Dubai held a seminar on "UAE Corporate Tax"

▪ JETRO Dubai raises up IP Events and Active Engagements

▪ JETRO Upcoming Events: Arab Health 2024, MEFCC 2024, and GULFOOD 2024

2023 – T2 ISSUE:

▪ Japan's Prime Minister H.E Fumio Kishida first official state visit to the Middle East

▪ JAPAN-UAE Business Forum

▪ JAPAN-QATAR Business Reception

▪ Dubai Food Tech Valley Project Seminar & Webinar

▪ JAPAN PAVILION to unveil the latest Japanese Innovations at GITEX Expand North Star 

▪ JETRO upholds Capacity Building Activities on IPR Protection and Anti-counterfeiting

▪ Ms. Mika Shimizu takes charge as new Director for Research at JETRO Dubai

2023 – T1 ISSUE:

▪ 5th Japanese Business Delegation to the UAE

▪ JAPAN PAVILION put spotlight on 18 Japanese Medical Product Manufacturers at Arab Health 2023

▪ JETRO promoted Japanese Food Products at GULFOOD 2023

▪ JETRO Reinforces Cooperation with the UAE Authorities for IPR Protection

▪ JETRO conducted a webinar on "MENA Low Carbon Hydrogen" Latest Trends

▪ Invitation: Expand North Star Road Show - JAPAN EDITION

2022 – T3 ISSUE:

▪ TAKUMI NEXT: Essence of Japan - pop-up store launch in Abu Dhabi

▪ JAPAN PAVILION at GITEX Global 2022 largest edition

▪ Japanese Start-ups Delegation in UAE

▪ JETRO Dubai launched its Official Instagram Account

▪ Activity Report: "Japanese Food & Ingredient Supporter Stores Overseas" Promotion Activities

▪ JETRO participated at the 46th Baghdad International Fair

▪ JETRO Dubai held webinar series on "UAE Corporate Tax"

▪ ME-IPG's Initiatives in Enhancing Intellectual Property Awareness

▪ Results of JETRO's FY2022 Survey on Business Conditions of Japanese Affiliated Companies Overseas (Global Edition)

2022 - T2 ISSUE:

▪ Farewell Message from Mr. Masami Ando

▪ Message from the new Managing Director - Mr. Nobuyuki Nakajima

▪ JETRO Dubai welcomes New Directors

▪ Activity Report: Food Online Business Meetings

▪ JETRO conducted Medical Device Online Business Matching for Middle East

▪ JAPAN PAVILION to feature the Next WOW Japanese Startups at GITEX North Star Dubai 2022

▪ Panel Discussion about JAPAN's Space Innovation at North Star Dubai 2022

▪ ME-IPG Spearheads IP Webinars in UAE and Anti-Counterfeiting Measures in Nigeria

2022 – T1 ISSUE:
▪ Japan Pavilion won Gold Award for its Exhibition Design at EXPO 2020 Dubai

▪ JETRO showcased high quality, tasty, and healthy foods & ingredients of Japan at GULFOOD 2022

▪ JETRO set-up Japan Pavilion at Arab Health 2022

▪ UAE-Japan-Israel Innovation Forum

▪ Governmental Meetings on Counterfeit Issues and Release of IP Research Reports

2021 – T3 ISSUE:
▪ Japan Pavilion marked a Unique Success at GITEX Future Stars 2021 (rebranded as "North Star Dubai")

▪ "Japan Day" held at EXPO 2020 Dubai

▪ JETRO and Bahrain EDB sign MoU to promote Direct Investments

▪ JETRO and b8ta store in Dubai showcased 10 Unique Products from Japan

▪ Meeting on Anti-counterfeiting Measures and Seminar on Intellectual Property

▪ Activity Report: The Certification Program of Japanese Food and Ingredient Supporter Stores Overseas

2021 – T2 ISSUE:
▪ Japan Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai

▪ JETRO presented as Country Partner for Japan at Arab Health 2021 Online Showcase

▪ JETRO conducted Onine Business Meetings with Middle East (Dubai) Food Buyers

▪ Japan Pavilion is Recovering with record-breaking participation at GITEX 2021

▪ Various Activities of Intellectual Property Department

▪ New Directors: Ms. Yumiko Yoshimura and Mr. Keisuke Seki joined JETRO Dubai

2021 - T1 ISSUE:
▪ High Quality & Tasty Japanese Foods promoted at GULFOOD 2021

▪ JETRO Dubai organized Online Business Meetings in Various Sectors

▪ JETRO organized a webinar on “Venture Capital Investment in the Middle East”

▪ JETRO held Anime Contents Online Business Matching Program

▪ ME-IPG Regular Meeting

▪ Results of JETRO’s 2020 Survey on Business Conditions of Japanese-Affiliated Companies in the Middle East

▪ EXPO 2020 Dubai: 6th International Participants Meeting

▪ Mr. Takahisa Ota joins JETRO Dubai as new Director

2020 - T3 ISSUE:
JETRO’s continuous activities in response to COVID-19 pandemic
JETRO promoted 10 New Japanese Innovators at GITEX Future Stars 2020
JETRO Dubai organized virtual webinar series in partnership with Dubai FDI
Japanese Snacks E-commerce Promotion in Collaboration with 1004 Gourmet
ME-IPG Regular Meeting
Japan Pavilion preparations for EXPO 2020 Dubai in progress

Online Symposium for EXPO 2025 Osaka Kansai

2020 - T2 ISSUE:
JETRO’s various activities in response to COVID-19 pandemic
JETRO Dubai lines up series of virtual seminars in partnership with UAE organizations
JETRO supports the Healthcare Business through online meetings
ME-IPG and IIPPF held the First Joint Online Meeting
JETRO to organize Online Contents Business Matching Event
Japan's participating preparation for EXPO 2020 Dubai in progress

2020 - T1 ISSUE:

JETRO’s various activities in response to the pandemic of COVID-19
JETRO promoted high quality tasty Japanese foods at Gulfood 2020
JETRO organized Japan Pavilion at Arab Health 2020
4th Japanese SME Caravan to the UAE
ME-IPG Kick-Starts 2020 with Intellectual Property Workshops in Ajman and Dubai
IP Educational Seminar in Dubai Local School

JETRO promoted Japanese Contents to UAE

EXPO 2020 Dubai: Restaurant operator and design of the official uniform for Japan Pavilion - Revealed

2019 - Q4 ISSUE:

JETRO showcased New Japanese Innovations at GITEX Future Stars 2019
Promotion of Quality & Tasty Japanese Rice held in Dubai
JETRO & JICE supports Smart Dubai’s Design Cities Training Program in Japan
EXPO 2020 Dubai: PR Ambassadors appointed for Japan Pavilion
Intellectual Property Training in Bahrain and Real-Fake Identification Seminars in KSA
JETRO & ME-IPG’s Commitment toward eliminating illicit goods in UAE

Promoting UAE Business throughout Japan – UAE-Japan SME Platform

Mr. Chiharu Yamamura joined JETRO Dubai

2019 - Q3 ISSUE:

Ground-breaking Ceremony for Japan Pavilion at EXPO 2020
New Japanese Innovations to showcase in GITEX Future Stars 2019
Promotion of Quality and Tasty Japanese Rice – coming up in Dubai
JETRO to support 20 Japanese Companies at the “46th Session of Baghdad International Fair”
ME-IPG and European IPG Meeting with Dubai Economy & Dubai Police and Pakistan IP Seminar in Tokyo
JETRO Dubai organized Middle East Seminar

Mr. Toshiya Sorimachi and Mr. Shusaku Kichise joined JETRO Dubai

2019 - Q1 & Q2 ISSUE:

▪ Japanese SME Caravan to the UAE (Dec2018 & Feb2019)
▪ JETRO presented high quality tasty Japanese foods at Gulfood 2019
▪ JETRO set-up Japan Pavilion at Arab Health 2019
▪ Intellectual Property Seminar & Public Awareness Events
▪ JETRO Dubai held GCC Tax Update Seminar
▪ JETRO Dubai organized Japanese SME Networking Event in Dubai

2018 - Q3 & Q4 ISSUE:

▪ Saudi Arabia IP Protection Seminar held in Tokyo
▪ JETRO Dubai held seminars regarding "West Africa" and "Magreb Region"
▪ JETRO to introduce 19 Japanese Stars at GITEX Future Stars 2018
▪ Visit of Japanese SME Delegation to the UAE - Dec2018 & Feb2019
▪ JETRO to promote Japanese companies at the "45th Session of Baghdad International Fair"
▪ 3rd Saudi Arabia Food Market Development - an initiative by JETRO Dubai 

2018 - Q2 ISSUE:

▪ Japan-UAE Business Forum held in Abu Dhabi
▪ Japan Pavilion at the Middle East Film & Comic Con 2018
▪ Business Connect Workshop for EXPO 2020 Dubai
▪ JETRO and ME-IPG held anti-counterfeit Seminars in Iran & Nigeria
▪ JETRO to organize Japan Pavilion for the upcoming GITEX Future Stars 2018

2018 - Q1 ISSUE:

▪ UAE holds Strategic Business Forum in Japan
▪ Increasing participation of Japanese companies in Japan Pavilion in Arab Health
▪ Japanese food products expanding its potentials in UAE and the region
▪ Japan and Middle East anti-counterfeits watchdog, JETRO and MEIPG, steps up war against fakes in the UAE
▪ JETRO Dubai sent "infrastructure business delegation" to Kuwait

2013 - Q2 ISSUE:

▪ Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concludes successful visit
▪ UAE-Japan Business Forum calls for greater business ties
▪ Japan-GCC Trade 2012: 27% rise in Japan's exports to the GCC
▪ JETRO Delegation visits DP World, DWC and DAFZA in Dubai
▪ Emirates launches non-stop daily flights to Haneda in Tokyo
▪ Japan Pavilion at the 40th Baghdad International Fair

2013 - Q1 ISSUE:

▪ 20% rise in Japan's exports to the UAE
▪ JETRO Dubai hosts Business Networking Luncheon
▪ JETRO Content Business Seminar 2013 in Tokyo
▪ JETRO Dubai Seminar on MENA Economic and Political Developments
▪ ESMA extends grace period for approved non-removable plug adaptors for 6 months

2012 - Q4 ISSUE:

▪ Japan focus on medical device market in the Middle East
▪ JETRO set-up Japan Pavilion at Arab Health 2013
▪ JETRO continues promoting trade through Buyers Invitation Programs
▪ MY CONTENT Japan Pavilion at the Big Entertainment Show and Content Summit 2012
▪ JETRO Zone in FOODEX Japan 2013

2012 - Q3 ISSUE:

▪ Japan-UAE trade grew 14.5% during the 1st half of 2012
▪ JETRO promotes trade through invitation programs
▪ JETRO World Food Market in FOODEX Japan 2013
▪ UAE's Etihad Airways to launch daily flights to Tokyo
▪ UAE lifts ban on foodstuff shipment from Japan
▪ Marunouchi district to welcome foreign firms

2012 - Q2 ISSUE:

▪ Big jump in Japan's exports to the UAE during the 1st Quarter of 2012
▪ Japan's imports from the GCC surge in 2011
▪ Tokyo witnesses increased demand in real estate properties
▪ Seminar in Qatar on Japan's Water Technologies & Solutions
▪ Japanese participation sought in WETEX & Dubai Global Energy Forum 2013

2012 - Q1 ISSUE:

▪ Japan's trade with the UAE during the year 2011
▪ Japanese medical devices manufacturers find Dubai a springboard for business expansion in the Middle East
▪ ARITA Porcelain Coffee Cup Exhibition held in Dubai
▪ Japanese Food Mission from Malaysia and Singapore in Dubai
▪ Japan Earthquake Recovery Briefing (Message from JETRO Chairman)
▪ Invest Japan Business Support Centre (IBSC)

2011 - Q4 ISSUE:

▪ Rising fuel costs push up Japan’s trade deficit with the GCC states

▪ Market strategies for foreign business in Japan
▪ Japan to create 7 special Economic Zones
▪ JETRO MENA regional conference held in Dubai
▪ JETRO seminar in Dubai on investment opportunities in India and Pakistan
▪ Japan aims to break into the Medical Device Market in the Middle East – JETRO Sets up Japan Pavilion at Arab Health 2012

2011 - Q3 ISSUE:

▪ Japan-UAE trade during the 1st six months of 2011
▪ The ‘Commercial Agencies Committee’ under UAE Commercial Agency Law
▪ Subsidies for Foreign Affiliates Establishing Site Locations in Osaka
▪ Koolbiz Tech: Japan Textile technologies to support electricity saving
▪ Results of the Second Emergency Survey on “The Actual Status of Industries after the Great East Japan Earthquake”
▪ JETRO sets up Japan Pavilion at Arab Health 2012

▪ Japanese Pavilion at ECO-Q Doha
▪ JETRO Publishes Export to Japan Guidebooks

2011 - Q2 ISSUE:

▪ Japan holds top rank in competitive strength
▪ Foreign companies continue to expand their businesses in Japan after the great East Japan Earthquake
▪ Japan-GCC trade during the year 2010
▪ Launch of Joint WTO-IDE/JETRO publication
▪ Application for JETRO Zone in Foodex Japan 2012

2011 - Q1 ISSUE:

▪ The Great East Japan Earthquake
▪ Iraq Business Seminar in Dubai
▪ Japan bent on increasing foreign direct investment
▪ Japan's trade with the UAE during the year 2010

2010 - Q4 ISSUE:

▪ Japan - focused business seminar in Dubai
▪ Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry organizes seminar in support of Japan-UAE trade expansion

2010 - Q3 ISSUE:

▪ Japan - Top exporter of used passenger cars to Dubai
▪ A review of 2010 amendments of UAE Commercial Agencies Law
▪ Algeria and Tunisia Business Seminar in Dubai
▪ Japan-GCC trade picks up in 2010

2010 - Q2 ISSUE:

▪ Japan's global trade looks up in 2010 as economy slowly recovers from recession
▪ JETRO Seminar on business opportunities in Iraq 
▪ Increase business chances in Egypt - JETRO seminar on business opportunities in Egypt & North Africa

2010 - Q1 ISSUE:

▪ Japanese pavilion a big success at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi
▪ Business climate improving in Iraq

2009 - Q4 ISSUE:

▪ Simply Japan - a huge success
▪ JETRO leads successful Japanese delegation to Saudi Arabia
▪ JETRO organize Africa Business Seminar in Dubai

2009 - Q3 ISSUE:

▪ Simply Japan- JETRO’s Antenna Shop at Dubai Mall
▪ Japanese technology to help solve word water problems

2009 - Q2 ISSUE:

▪ IIPPF and BPG sign MoU
▪ Japan-GCC trade surge 43% in 2008

2009 - Q1 ISSUE:

▪ Japan - An attractive investment destination
▪ New horizon in Japan-UAE ties in the field of renewable energy
▪ Intellectual property protection
▪ Japan looks at UAE as a major potential market for food exports

2008 - Q3 & Q4 ISSUE:

▪ First Japan - Oman Business Forum held
▪ Japan partners with the UAE in hosting Forum for the future
▪ UAE seeks Japan's Cooperation to develop nuclear power plants

2008 - Q2 ISSUE:

▪ JETRO Dubai made Regional Headquarter
▪ Japan-UAE trade during the year 2007

2008 - Q1 ISSUE:

▪ Japanese Pavilion attracted many visitors – Successful end to Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi
▪ Japanese Technology highlighted in “Project Qatar 2008”
▪ Japan's world trade surges 8.74% in 2007

▪ Social Security gets priority – Japan’s 2008 budget announced 

▪ Major Trade Fairs in Japan

2007 - Q4 ISSUE:

▪ JETRO sets up Japan Pavilion at World Future Energy Summit 2008 in Abu Dhabi
▪ H.H Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s visit to Japan boosts UAE - Japan Economic Ties
▪ 2008 Economic Outlook for East Asia

▪ Japan - an attractive market for foreign-capital hotels
▪ Major Trade Fairs in Japan

2007 - Q3 ISSUE:

▪ 36% surge in Japan's exports to GCC

▪ JETRO promotes foreign direct investment

▪ Japan's population census – 2005

▪ JETRO Events in Focus

▪ Major Trade Fairs in Japan