Dammam Mayor Dhaifallah Al-Otaibi received at his office today Houston Mayor Annise Danette Parker and her accompanying delegation. Mayor Parker was briefed on developments in Dammam.
Mayor Parker is leading a 38-member trade mission to the Gulf, which also includes stops in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and aimes at expanding business cooperation between Houston and the Gulf states. “This trade mission will not only enhance our existing foreign business relationships, but also provide opportunities for new partnerships with public and private organizations in each country,” said Mayor Parker said in a statement issued prior to her trip. “Houston’s strength as an energy capital will help businesses looking for new ventures or strategic links in this part of the world and, inversely, place Houston at the forefront when Middle Eastern businesses contemplate future international business models.”
“The U.A.E., Qatar and Saudi Arabia have defied and reconfigured expectations for petro-economies by investing heavily in major infrastructure projects, scientific and cultural undertakings, and providing an array of business incentives which have brought some of the world’s largest corporations to their business community. One of the goals of this trip will be to facilitate new business partnerships and express the importance of maintaining existing ones. Mayor Parker in particular will strengthen international relations and advance Houston’s business, economic, political and commercial objectives in the Middle East, which include increasing trade between the two regions.”