Dubai - that’s a wrap!

After the success of our Amsterdam trip we decided to pop across to the UAE and put some feelers out in Dubai on behalf of our clients. The aim of this trip: CONNECT, NETWORK & SEEK OPPORTUNITIES. With flights booked, exhibition tickets reserved and 3 days clear in the diary for meetings and networking, Gemma was set to do what she does best in UK - this time with a slight change of scenery and a welcomed, warmer climate.

Gemma is becoming a seasoned traveller to UAE, having worked frequently with businesses in the Middle East over the past few years through a number of different sources, be it; franchise partners, license holders, department stores and online retailers. To name a few:

  • Al Khayyat Investments (AKI)

  • Majid Al Futtaim Group

  • Harvey Nichols

  • Namshi

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This trip was particularly stand out and a notable milestone for 2019 - the FIRST time to Dubai for Lid Project and certainly not the last!

Prior to leaving the UK, we had six meetings booked in the diary with a number of TBC’s for Gemma’s arrival.

We love to pick memorable and inspiring locations to enable us to get the most out of our meetings and after Amsterdam’s remarkable offerings we were not disappointed with our Dubai selections.

We were lucky to use Address Dubai Marina as the base for the majority of our meetings – a superb waterfront location with inspiring views over the world’s largest man-made marina.

Along with Tashas, offering a simplistic and minimalist interior, and a FABULOUS menu, the expansive and grand Four Seasons Jumeirah and Baker&Spice, the sustainable restaurant offering locally sourced, artisan cooking.

In total, Gemma attended 9 meetings, further expanding Lid Project’s network by connecting with 20 new companies and with 6 follow up discussions on the cards to have about business development.

Gemma had the opportunity to liaise with an eclectic mix of businesses offering a host of different expertise:  

  • Corporate & Incentive travel

  • UAE retail consulting

  • Event design / project management

  • Homeware product

  • Interior design

  • GCC sustainability

  • Franchise operator

  • Luxury fashion product

  • Inventory management


A number of exhibitions including Seamless Middle East 2019 and International Apparel and Textile Fair were dotted throughout the diary and attended - proving to be highly useful, not only from a networking standpoint, but also hugely beneficial in providing us with insight and learnings to use in client reports.

Whilst in the Middle East, time waits for no one and the cogs have been continuously turning in the UK. Client projects progressing at pace, new opportunities raising their head and the team at Lid Project always happy to pick up the phone or respond to the emails dropping in the inbox of people inquiring as to how Lid Project can support the next stage of sales growth.

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