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  Wednesday, October 27, 2004 Issue 96 Volume 4 Number 22  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE
• NEWSPAPERINDEX -- GET YOUR ONLINE NEWS HERE
• CENTREUROPE.ORG -- PORTAL TO EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE
• WI-FI-FREESPOTS -- GO ONLINE (ALMOST) ANYWHERE

Hello International Traders!

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the world's 37th largest importer in 2003, and you'll find plenty of opportunity there for international trade. If you want to learn more about the UAE, I've got two great sites in this issue to help you. Do you like to read the news online? I've got a master site that lists thousands of online newspapers. Also, I found a site that's a treasure trove of information about Central and Eastern Europe. Finally, if you want to find out where you can get free wireless Internet access, check out the site I profile in this issue.

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE

Although there is turmoil in some parts of the Middle East, one bright spot for businesspeople is the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to the CIA World Factbook, this Persian Gulf country has "an open economy with a high per capita income and a sizable annual trade surplus". Dubai, one of the emirates, has been called "the leading business center in the Middle East". Because it has few natural resources other than oil, the UAE depends on trade -- in 2003 it had more than US $37 billion in imports.If you'd like to learn more about trade opportunities in the UAE, here are two sites to visit.
  • The British Chamber of Commerce Export Zone Country Profile of the UAE ( http://www.link2exports.co.uk/countryprofiles/regions.asp?lsid=283 ). At this site you'll find a detailed country profile, plus reports on the economy, political scene, tourist trade, and other areas of life in the UAE.
  • The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce ( http://www.abudhabichamber.ae ). Abu Dhabi accounts for 60 percent of the UAE's overall GDP. This site has lots of information about doing business in the UAE, including a database of companies, online seminars, trade statistics, an events guide, a tenders listing service, a yellow pages, and much more.

There are many more links to the UAE at the FITA site. Go to http://fita.org/webindex/index.html, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to Middle East/Africa and click on United Arab Emirates in the drop-down box. Or simply type "United Arab Emirates" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.

Another useful resource is the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce ( http://www.nusacc.org ). This FITA member site supports trade in the Middle East, and has research data about the region, as well as sponsoring conferences and other events. And FITA's "Global Trade Bookshop" has a great book about doing business in the USA: Culture Shock!: Success Secrets to Maximize Business in the United Arab Emirates.

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NEWSPAPERINDEX -- GET YOUR ONLINE NEWS HERE


You can count on a journalist to know the best news sources. Newspaperindex.com ( http://www.newspaperindex.com ) is a site created by journalist Hans Henrik Lichtenberg, who says his goal is to provide easy access to the best, most reliable news sources from all over the world. There are thousands of newspapers and media outlets listed, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. You simply go down the list and click on a country, then click on the newspaper you're interested in. You'll be reading that day's news in seconds! It's a great way to keep up with what's happening, whether you're a journalist or not.

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LANGUAGELINE FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Did you know that 20 percent of U.S. residents speak a language other than English?
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CENTREUROPE.ORG -- PORTAL TO EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE

As capitalism takes root, Central and Eastern Europe is becoming one of the most promising regions of the world for business. If you're interested in this area, you should visit Centreurope.org ( http://www.centreurope.org/indexgb.htm ). This site has hundreds of links to sites about the countries in the region, and you can find news, weather, statistics, country profiles, job listings, trade leads, academic research, message boards, cultural background, travel information, market research, business tips, and much more.

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THE EUROPEAN BUSINESS DIRECTORY
500,000 companies in 33 countries

http://www.europages.com

Who will see your ad today? 45,000 buyers in 180 countries? Who can beat that? Available in 25 languages on the Net and delivered to 580,000 recipients in Europe's top companies every year, with EUROPAGES will you will reach the purchasing managers you are seeking for your products. EUROPAGES is the most effective multimedia advertising solution for European markets. Buy Better, sell more, now more than ever! WWW.EUROPAGES.COM, the European business directory. More Info


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WI-FI-FREESPOTS -- GO ONLINE (ALMOST) ANYWHERE

I didn't surf the Internet for this issue's sites while munching on a cheeseburger in my local burger joint -- but I could have. That's because there are increasing numbers of restaurants, hotels, and other locations that offer free wireless access, so you can fire up your laptop computer and surf the Net, check e- mail, download files -- and anything else you want to do online. To find out if there's a free wireless connection near you, go to Wi-Fi- FreeSpots ( http://www.wififreespot.com ). This site has a constantly- updated listing of places in the U.S. and the world that offer free wireless high speed Internet access. There are hotels, doughnut shops, restaurants, airports, RV parks and campgrounds, and hundreds of other venues. The Interesting FAQs page is worth reading, too, because it gives you useful tips and information about Wi-Fi access. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the international listing.

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