Posted on Tuesday 17 April 2012 by Ulster Business

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Nick Coburn, managing director of Ulster Carpets

Portadown-based Ulster Carpets has secured a prestigious international contract to supply more than 11,000 sq metres of carpet to the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

The contract was announced during a visit by Executive Ministers to Buri Al Arab, one of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

Ulster Carpets manufactured and supplied Axminster Carpet to the hotel, part of the Jumeirah Group, during its initial construction 12 years ago for all the guest corridors and guest suites.

Now during its first phase of refurbishment, they have manufactured a further 11,775sqm of Axminster Carpet for the guest suites at their world renowned design and manufacturing facility in Portadown. The luxury carpet will be supplied through and installed by M.T.E Middle East.

Nicky Coburn, MD of Ulster Carpets, said: "Ulster Carpets have achieved a substantial increase in export markets over the past year. The Gulf market is our fastest growing region and we are very proud to have been able to manufacture and supply carpet for the second time to this world-renowned luxurious hotel. We continue to strengthen our position as a global market leader and look forward to further developing this important market.”

Mr Coburn told Ulster Business in an interview last year that the company was targeting export growth through sales to high end hotels in the Middle East market, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The deal was announced as part of a trade mission to the region which is being led by First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Commenting on the latest contract win, Mr Robinson said: "To have secured a further contract with this world famous hotel is a tremendous achievement for Ulster Carpets. It is a clear demonstration of the international reputation of the Portadown based company."

The deputy First Minister added: "Growing our exports is a key priority in our Programme for Government and is an important objective of our visit to the United Arab Emirates and India. Ulster Carpets has demonstrated how a strong export focus can deliver economic growth."

In 2011 Northern Ireland exports to UAE topped £100m, close to levels experienced before the economic downturn.

Following an annual increase of 9.8%, exports to UAE now represent 46% of Northern Ireland exports to the Gulf States, which total £216m.

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