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MLA Cal Dallas headed to Middle East

Things can get hot in a hurry when you’re a politician.

But the temperature change will be more than figurative for Red Deer South MLA Cal Dallas when he travels from frigid Alberta to the scorching United Arab Emirates this weekend.

Dallas, who is Alberta’s minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, will spend 10 days in the Middle East as part of a trip that will also include stops in Bahrain and Kuwait. On his itinerary will be meetings with the UAE ministers of energy and economy, the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, the Abu Dhabi Investment Council and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In Bahrain he’ll speak with the deputy prime minister of economic and business development, and in Kuwait he’ll visit the minister of oil and the Kuwait Finance House.

Dallas will also meet with industry representatives in all three countries, and is scheduled to attend the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference. One of the largest gatherings of its kind in the world, the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference is expected to attract 45,000 attendees.

“There are going to be delegates at that conference from around the globe,” said Dallas. “It’s a chance for us to talk about the Alberta opportunities, both from an investment attraction perspective but also opportunities to do business with Alberta companies.”

Despite the fact the energy industry in the Middle East is a mature one, Dallas said a great deal of Alberta technology is marketable there.

“This provides fertile ground for Alberta-based businesses and entrepreneurs whose products and technologies are seen globally as on the leading edge of responsible energy development.”

He plans to emphasize Alberta’s commitment to clean energy technology, innovation investment and environmental monitoring.

Dallas said he’ll also push for increased trade and co-operation in agriculture when he meets with UAE food product importers and the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority.

“It’s always good to focus on more market segments than just energy, because Alberta is about a lot more than energy.”

A provincial government release estimated the cost of the trip, which will include Dallas’s chief of staff, at approximately $49,600.



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