We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Halliday as Australia's Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, our largest investment partner in the Middle East. 

As the UAE continues to diversify its economy away from crude oil and traditional commodities, opportunities are opening for Australian suppliers of goods and services in education, sustainable energy, food and beverage services and infrastructure.

Australia’s connections are strong with the UAE and growing. Almost 25,000 Australians live in the UAE, 350 Australian companies are represented and more than 130 flights a week connect the two countries.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Halliday was Managing Director of Dairy Australia. He has had over 20 years’ experience as a leader in the private sector, holding senior posts with Castlemaine Foods, Kraft Foods, and Kailis & France Foods (now Vesco Foods).

His experience in the commercial food and agribusiness sector in Asia and the Middle East will benefit our exporters looking to the Middle East to expand their businesses, and assist foreign investors to identify opportunities in Australia.

Mr Halliday's appointment reflects the Turnbull Government's strong commitment to growing Australia’s trade with the UAE. 

We thank outgoing Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner Gerard Seeber for his contributions to advancing Australia’s interests in the UAE since January 2012

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