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Irish Societies in the Gulf

The resident Irish community in the Gulf States is large, dynamic and vibrant.

There has been a strong growth in the resident Irish community in the UAE over the past few years and there are now over 7,000 Irish citizens officially resident in the Emirates.

In addition, there are approximately 2,000 Irish nationals in Qatar and 250 in Kuwait. 

The dynamism and hard work of the resident Irish community in the Gulf States ensured the success of the GAA’s First World Games which took place in Abu Dhabi in March 2015.

Overall there are approximately 70 Irish businesses with a presence on the ground in the UAE and 100 more exporting.  In addition, there are a number of local businesses owned by Irish people, i.e. without an Irish base.

The vibrancy of the Irish community in the Gulf States is reflected in the very active Irish societies, GAA clubs and business networks in the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait.

Abu Dhabi Irish Society:

Abu Dhabi Irish Business Council:

Abu Dhabi na Fianna:

Al Ain GAA: 

Dubai Irish Society:

Dubai Irish Business Network:

Dubai Celts:

Dubai Visa Office:

Jumeirah Gaels: Jumeirah Gaels

Oryx na hEireann Qatar GAA:

Qatar Irish Society:

Qatar Irish Business Council:

Kuwait Irish Society:

Kuwait Harps chairperson:

Dubai Visa Office: