A two-day exhibition, called Florida Dubai Link, is planned in Dubai on Sept. 6 and 7, organized by Orlando public relations company Orb International and British-based C7 International.
One local businessman booked for the trip is Garrett Kenny, developer and owner of Davenport-based Feltrim Group.
“I used to do a lot of business with Dubai in the late 1990s, but that all ended with the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. Now we are expecting that to boom again,” Kenny said.
He sells many homes to foreign buyers. Mostly recently he sold 80 homes in the Championsgate area of west Orange County to Chinese and Canadian buyers, he said.
“I want to be ahead of the curve with Dubai. This new direct flight will be bringing 100,000 people a year to the area,” Kenny said.
The exhibition will include seminars and talks on the Orlando real estate market, import/export opportunities, immigration options, health and medical tourism, and international tax issues, according to Justine Assal of Orb International.
The show is sponsored by Emirates Airlines, which recently launched the new direct flights, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. UAE Business Council.
Other companies booked for the trip include several home builders and resorts, hospitals and colleges.
“Dubai is similar to Orlando in a lot of ways. They are an incredible destination also, mostly for that side of the world,” Assal said. “Having this direct flight to the Mideast also means shorter trips from other cities on that side of the world.”
Cost to exhibit at the event is $5,600.
“These people want our lifestyle and they will spend huge amounts of money to come here and experience that,” Assal said.