Dubai show space available for Florida businesses

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Florida small businesses have until Friday to reserve display space in the state's two pavilions at the 2011 Dubai International Boat Show, which runs March 1-5 at Dubai's International Marine Club.

Registration is on a first-come/first-served basis. Also, there's one trade grant remaining that can help cover the cost.

The Florida pavilions will offer several options for space amount, with pricing and amenities based on each. Florida has been the only state with group representation at the Dubai boat show through a business delegation.

"It demonstrates Florida's commitment to and support of marine sector efforts to enhance global market exposure and increase exports," Manny Mencía, Enterprise Florida senior vice president with oversight of international trade and business development, said in a statement.

The Dubai boat show is among the top five shows internationally, attracting tens of thousands of visitors and connecting high-end buyers to world-class suppliers.  The 2010 event drew 700 companies from 42 countries. International participation was 60 percent, including 125 new exhibitors.

Enterprise Florida also has secured space for state companies to exhibit at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, which is set for May 19-22 in Queensland, Australia. The registration deadline is Feb. 16.

To register, contact Julie Balzano at (305) 808-3660 or