Team Finland in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain

Team Finland is a network of public actors providing companies with internationalization services. The network promotes Finland's affairs worldwide: the internationalization of Finnish companies, foreign investments in Finland and Finland's country image.

The core of the Team Finland network consists of state-funded organizations such as ministries, the network of Embassies, Business Finland (former Finpro and Tekes), Finnvera, Tesi (Finnish Industry Investment), Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centers), Finnish Patent and Registration Office, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, Finnfund, Finnpartnership and the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes. Team Finland network is represented by over 80 local teams worldwide. They bring together the Finnish authorities operating in each region, publicly funded organizations and other key Finnish actors.

The Finnish missions around the world work to promote the successful internationalisation of Finnish companies. Ministry for Foreign Affairs and missions

  • Help companies in establishing connections

  • Offer information about the markets and opportunities in each country

  • Support questions related to entry-into-market

In addition to these services, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs provides funding from development funds to private sector instruments that contribute to the partnerships of Finnish companies and business opportunities in the developing countries. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs can furthermore provide information on how to benefit from EU's trade agreements around the world.

The Team Finland network helps Finnish companies go global, grow and succeed in the global market.

For more information about Team Finland and the services offered by the Team Finland network, visit Team Finland homepage(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window)​.

Team Finland in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain

Team Finland contact persons at the Embassy

Chair: Marianne Nissilä, Ambassador
Embassy of Finland in Abu Dhabi
Tel: +971 (0) 2 885 3666

Coordinator: Johanna Riihimaa, Counsellor, trade and investment
Embassy of Finland in Abu Dhabi
Tel: +971 (0) 2 885 3666

The objectives of the Team Finland Network in United Arab Emirates

The objectives of the Team Finland network are to support market access for Finnish companies, to promote investments to Finland and to Finnish companies, and to strengthen the country image of Finland.

The goals of Team Finland network are to support Finnish companies ' access to the market, to promote investments in Finland and Finnish companies, and to strengthen Finland's land image.

The United Arab Emirates (7 emirates) offers significant business opportunities for Finnish companies. Potential cooperation sectors and the focus of Team Finland activities are health and well-being services, education, clean technology solutions and bioeconomy, ICT, food and tourism. The country's business environment is favorable, the country's long-term growth expectations are good and the related development plans are extensive. In addition to major infrastructure projects, the country is seeking high and state-of-the-art technology and know-how in its efforts to diversify the structure of its economy, still based to a large extent to the oil and gas industry. However, competition is keen and success requires persistent engagement, local presence and good partnerships from both the companies and the state authorities. The country brand of Finland in the region is positive, albeit not very strong. Finland is known especially for its high-quality education, technological know-how, innovations and start-ups as well as a reliable partner.

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