Exports and Middle East Investment

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Enhance trade and exporting between DC and Middle East markets (particularly exporting of professional services related to international law, urban design and development, international development, and smart cities) by making an inaugural mission in 2017, exploring the possibility of opening an international business office (ideally in collaboration with a neighboring municipality(ies)), and working with the Global Cities Initiative to develop a regional export support system.

Progress Updates:

June 2019: Mayor Muriel Bowser led a trade mission to Israel in partnership with the DC Chamber of Commerce to attract technology firms, establish educational partnerships, and promote Washington, DC as a destination for investment and tourism. Read the press release here.

May 2019: United Airlines launched a nonstop flight between Washington Dulles International Airport and Tel Aviv.

September 2018: Export DC supported 11 Certified Business Enterprises on Export DC trade missions.

April 2017: Deputy Mayor Kenner led the District’s first trade mission to the Middle East, covering Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha.

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)
  • Related core sectors: professional services, real estate and construction
  • Related opportunity areas: professional services innovation, smart cities and civic solutions, security technnology, impact economy
  • Related action areas: DC identity and promotion, business environment