In September 2013, personnel from the UAE Embassy traveled to Florida, where they met with leaders in business and government. Florida ranks highly in terms of exports to the UAE; in 2012, it exported $1.6 billion worth of goods to the country. Those exports in turn supported more than 16,000 jobs in Florida. Top exports include computers, precious metals, automobiles, and aircraft parts.
Embassy personnel visited the cities of Tampa and Orlando during their trip. In Tampa, they met with leaders of the Tampa Port Authority and the International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Task Force of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. In Orlando, they toured city hall and visited several organizations dedicated to entrepreneurialism.