To the casual observer, Taoiseach Enda Kenny's recent decision to head a trade mission to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates might seem a little random.
According to the Central Statistics Office, the Arab markets represent Ireland's largest export region outside Europe and North America. Recently-published CSO figures valued Arab-Irish trade with the Middle East at more than €4 billion in 2013, with a trade surplus in Ireland's favour of €1.25 billion.
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